Pitch and win up to $20,000

Southwest Iowa small business pitch competition payout increases to $20,000

August 23, 2023

Council Bluffs, Iowa, August 23, 2022 - TS Bank and Advance Southwest Iowa are pleased to announce the total prize money for REV, a pitch competition planned for November in Council Bluffs, has increased to $20,000 due to our generous community sponsors. The event will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023, from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center.

Attendees will have the opportunity to watch pitches 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 Kitchen Council members. At the end of the evening (approximately 6:30 p.m.), the 2023 REV winners will be announced.

Major premier sponsors include TS Bank, Advance Southwest Iowa, Iowa Western Community College, PowerTech and Tandem Works. Additional sponsors include food sponsor Castle and Associates Inc., drink sponsor InnoVenture Iowa and media sponsor Bluffs Country 106.5. Plus, Nebraska Enterprise Fund who is also helping sponsor the People's Choice Awards, as well as the Greater Omaha Chamber, Google, Goosmann Law Firm, Growth Guru, Rachel Dorr Accounting and Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s judges include Matt Mancuso from Iowa Western Community College, Josh Kallsen from PowerTech as well as Vivian Kvam from Tandem Works.

Applications are still open until Sunday, September 10 and available at tsbank.com/rev. The event is open to the public, but registration is required and the cost to attend is $10.00. Visit tsbank.com/revevent 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, $118,000 has been awarded through this program. Last year’s winners included Nesting Grounds of Underwood, Iowa and Fermented Felon of Bellevue, Nebraska.

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 $432 million in assets, along with the largest Iowa state-chartered C-Corp trust department west of Des Moines at nearly $267 million in assets named TS Prosperity Group. Locations include Treynor, Macedonia, Atlantic, Corning, Council Bluffs and Ames, Iowa. For more information visit tsbank.com.

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 advancesouthwestiowa.com.