Winneshiek Idea House

Winneshiek Idea House 2018

Winneshiek Idea House 2019

Winneshiek Idea House LogoDate: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 5 pm–9 pm
Decorah Elks Lodge, 105 River St Decorah, IA 52101

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WIH 2019 Schedule

4:30 pm Doors Open
5:00 pm Local Impact Investing Forum
6:00 pm Munch & Mingle
6:30 pm Trout Tank: Idea Hatchery!
8:00 pm Communicate & Celebrate

What is Winneshiek Idea House?

Winneshiek Idea House is a space for local entrepreneurs to share their needs with a supportive community and crowdfunding happens in real time. The event occurs in Decorah, Iowa and is of service to those who call Winneshiek County home.

At Winneshiek Idea House, everyone is an “investor.” We are investing in the resilience and sustainability of our local economy and community. We’re showing entrepreneurs that we value the equitable, sustainable business ideas that keep communities vibrant for years to come.

The inaugural Winneshiek Idea House raised over $7,000 for local entrepreneurs. Enthusiastic attendees offered support ranging from child care to marketing consulting. Other gifts included social media support, copywriting, bookkeeping, photography, and more.

This project is coordinated by volunteers and is a collaboration with Winneshiek County Development, Inc. and supported by the Iowa Small Business Development Center for the purpose of incubating sustainable enterprises, encouraging business people of all ages, and making Winneshiek County an even better place to live.

What to Expect at WIH 2019

The first part of the evening is an opportunity for “investors” to learn about many different ways to invest locally during our Local Impact Investing Forum. We’ll cover topics such as self-directed IRAs/401ks, local investment clubs, community land trusts, and how to invest in yourself and your neighbors!

During the Trout Tank, featured entrepreneurs will present their ideas and needs to the community. After each five-minute presentation, attendees (you!) will be able to ask clarifying questions. Then we share out loud how we’re willing to support each entrepreneur. Community members may “invest” loans or gifts of money, in-kind offers, expertise, neighborliness, and more to support their favorite local enterprises. Think of it as crowdfunding in real time!

Throughout the event, you may contribute to a “Needs and Offers Wall” by sharing what you have to offer (e.g. pro bono legal advice, babysitting, or free advertising) and what you need (e.g. marketing consulting, office space, or stress relief). We hope many great connections and opportunities for barter will happen this way.

To get inspired about what’s possible, read about Winneshiek Idea House 2018.

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to get involved, please contact Tabita Green (563-387-7663), Liz Rog (563-382-8013), or Kristin Eggen (608-306-1246), or use the form below.