REV Pitch Competition will award $10,000 in cash prizes, applications now open

TS Bank has partnered with Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation and several other local companies to host REV, a small business pitch competition on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Entrepreneurs and business owners will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges to win up to $10,000 to grow their business.

TS Bank originally started REV in 2015 in an effort to spur economic growth and encourage business owners to continue pursuing their dreams. During the first four competitions (2015-2017, 2020) the bank awarded over $85,000 to the winners.

At last year’s virtual event in 2020, top winners included Full Fledged Brewing Company with the grand prize of $5,000 to expand canning into other retail spaces and grocery stores, Tandem Works was awarded $2,500 to build an on-demand, online course for business owners to help them identify their brand messaging; P@YD Omaha used their $1,250 funds for front-end web development and app development and Farmhouse & Flowers of Atlantic, Iowa, used their $1,250 funds to continue renovations on their existing retail space and create a custom branded experience.

From the 2021 pool of applicants, TS Bank and Advance Southwest Iowa will select up to five businesses where applicants will be judged on aspects of their business.

“We have absolutely loved partnering with TS Bank to host REV in southwest Iowa. The prizes awarded through REV can act as a catalyst for growth, but we realized last year that the impact of the pitch competition goes far beyond the money, the connections made can actually be more significant,” said Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation Entrepreneurial Development Manager, Niki Ferguson.

This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center in Council Bluffs. To apply, visit and download the REV application. The application deadline is September 10, 2021. 

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