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Heart of America 

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At Heart of America business plan competitions, smart, savvy, and hardworking small to mid-sized business owners across the U.S. accept the challenge to present their vision to launch or expand their companies before a panel of ready funders who are searching for the next big deal $$$. After question and answer sessions and deliberation, only one brilliant business leader takes the prize. Heart of America helps the U.S. economy to recover, grow, and thrive by promoting entrepreneurship and investing. Small to mid-size business owners across a wide variety of industries such as construction, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, transportation, agriculture, education, hospitality, professional services, blockchain, and more are encouraged to participate.

We began with events in Silicon Valley and expanded to other cities across the U.S.

  • Interested in presenting your new or expanded small to mid-size business idea for a chance to win cash prizes? View a schedule of upcoming events and apply to pitch today, by subscribing for free at Follow the instructions within your welcome email to apply. 

  • All proceeds from ticket sales for Heart of America business plan competitions are donated to benefit Scholarship America "Dream Award," to support students who have overcome incredible challenges to achieve their dreams.

  • Originally dubbed "Zimvest" and focused on closing gender gaps in VC funding for female entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, in 2018, we were highlighted in the entrepreneurial ecosystem spotlight by Funding Sage. Today, lucy has expanded and now partners with SBA & U.S. Chamber of Commerce to empower ALL small to mid-size business owners with our Heart of America business plan competitions from coast to coast, in cities across the land of the free and home of the brave. 

We're coming soon to a city near you with the opportunity to win cash prizes to launch or expand your business. We welcome ALL small to mid-size business owners seeking funding to subscribe for free at Follow the instructions within your welcome email to view the calendar and apply to pitch. Good luck, from the Heart of America team. 

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