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Brian Hemesath's VolunteerLocal Takes Pitch & Grow

Des Moines tech company VolunteerLocal today took home the top prize of $2,500 at Pitch & Grow, a business pitch competition hosted by the Technology Association of Iowa.

"We did not expect to win," founder Brian Hemesath told the Des Moines Register. "We had intended on learning and reacting to see what resonated with people about our business model."

The company was conceived nearly 10 years ago, and Hemesath in recent years recommitted himself to growing the company. In March, he left his CTO role at Tikly to focus on VolunteerLocal.

(Editor’s Note: The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center cosponsored the Pitch & Grow competition.)

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