Innovation Market Encourages New Business Ideas

Sioux City Growth Organization (SCGO) is in search of new business ideas for its 8th Annual Innovation Market competition. Entrepreneurs can submit their ideas now at The submission portal will close at midnight on Sunday, February 11.

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. 

This year, 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 2018 program will kick-off with a welcome from 2018 SCGO Board President Catelin Drey. Inspiring and informative talks will follow, featuring 2017 Innovation Market winner Sara Gotch of Gnarly Pepper, and local entrepreneur Dolf Ivener of Hog Power. The evening will conclude with Keynote Speaker and regional entrepreneur Ben Pankonin, co-founder of Social Assurance in Lincoln, NE.

Innovation Market will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm. The event will take place at the Sioux City Public Museum, 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: 2018 Innovation Market Idea Competition

Where: Sioux City Public Museum

When: February 15, 2018, 4:30-8pm


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.