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New Business Ideas Encouraged

Post Date:01/11/2019 12:05 PM

Sioux City Growth Organization (SCGO) is in search of new business ideas for its 9th Annual Innovation Market competition. Entrepreneurs can submit their ideas now at  The submission portal will close at midnight on Sunday, February 17.

Innovation Market is a social think-tank and business idea competition designed to grow local ideas while fostering connections between like-minded leaders of every age. The event is about taking ideas, however big or small, and growing them into action in Siouxland. The top five ideas from Innovation Market will go on to compete for a $5,000 First Place, $2,500 Second Place, and $1,000 Third Place cash prize, as well as other valuable startup-focused prizes donated by local businesses. 

Innovation Market will also serve as host for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s February Rush Hour Connect, which will provide even greater networking opportunities for event attendees.

After the networking and voting period concludes, the Innovation Market 2019 program will kick-off with a welcome from 2019 SCGO Board President Kalynn Sortino. Inspiring and informative talks will follow, featuring local entrepreneur Stacy Orndorff Food Truck owner of Heartland Coffee and Nosh. The evening will conclude with Keynote Speaker and regional entrepreneur Taufeek Shah, CEO of Lola’s Fine Sauces, LLC in Des Moines.

Innovation Market will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The event will take place in the Atrium of the Ho-Chunk Centre, downtown Sioux City. In addition to participants, SCGO invites and encourages community members to attend Innovation Market and support local entrepreneurs. The evening will include networking opportunities with light hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided.

Who: Open to the public

What: 2019 Innovation Market Idea Competition Hosting Rush Hour Connect

Where: Atrium of the Ho-Chunk Centre

When: February 21, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm


Formed in 2002, SCGO’s mission is to attract, develop, and retain young professionals in Siouxland by providing insight and opportunities that help shape the future of our community. The organization encourages progressive and innovative ideas to help create a positive impact on the future of the Siouxland community.


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