REV 2022 Live Pitch Competition with winner

Southwest Iowa entrepreneurial event showcases live pitch competition and keynote speaker, Drew Harden

October 3, 2022

Council Bluffs, Iowa, October 3, 2022 - TS Bank has partnered with Advance Southwest Iowa to host REV, a pitch competition with $14,000 in prize money, on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center.

Attendees will have the opportunity to watch pitches live from five REV finalists, all local entrepreneurs and business owners, beginning at 4 p.m. They will also have the chance to meet the finalists to learn more about their businesses, network with other entrepreneurial-minded guests and enjoy food from Viva Fit Kitchen (a 2021 REV winner) and Fig & Honey

This year’s finalists include Noble Provisions, East of Omaha, Fermented Felon, Nesting Grounds and First Row Fitness

Guests will also hear a keynote talk from Drew Harden, President and Co-founder of Blue Compass, an award winning digital agency. Harden’s talk, “Powerful Ways to Persevere with Passion” stems from his award-winning digital agency based in Des Moines, Iowa. He will be speaking on how to propel past the startup phase, plunge through problems and walk away with the power of passion.

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Drew Harden, President and Co-founder of Blue Compass

President and Co-Founder of Blue Compass, Drew Harden has grown and guided the company from a two-person start-up in 2007 to one of the Midwest’s leading digital marketing companies today. He’s a published author, speaks at conferences around the country, has been cited by publications like USA Today, and has led projects for clients like Spalding Sports Equipment, NAPA Auto Parts and the NFL.

At the end of the evening (approximately 6:45 p.m.), the 2022 REV winners will be announced.

REV is hosted by TS Bank and Advance Southwest Iowa. Other major sponsors include Nebraska Enterprise FundIowa Western Community CollegeCouncil Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and POWERTECH along with additional sponsors, Castle and Associates, Inc.Rachel Dorr AccountingVistage and Tandem Works.

The event is open to the public but registration is required and the cost to attend is $15.00. Visit for tickets.

TS Bank originally started REV in 2015 in an effort to spur economic growth and encourage business owners to continue pursuing their dreams. As of today, $100,000 has been awarded through this program.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kelsey Stupfell at TS Bank by calling 712.487.0334 or Niki Ferguson at Advance Southwest Iowa at 402.720.8799.

About TS Bank: TS Bank’s mission is to Ignite Prosperity® in the communities it serves. Leading the resurgence of community banking, TS Bank reinvests 10 percent of their net income locally; hosting educational events and partners with local organizations and non-profits. TS Bank was chartered in 1923 and has $365 million in assets, along with the largest Iowa state-chartered C-Corp trust department west of Des Moines at nearly $218 million in assets named TS Prosperity Group. Locations include Treynor, Macedonia, Atlantic, Corning, Council Bluffs and Ames, Iowa. For more information visit

About Advance Southwest Iowa: Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation is the economic development organization for Council Bluffs and all communities in Pottawattamie County.  Advance is a one-stop shop for economic development with a focus on business attraction, retention, entrepreneurship and site development.  The Advance staff are proud to work alongside our many community partners to enhance the image and increase the tax base to make Pottawattamie County a prosperous and desirable community to live and do business. For more information visit