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October 25, 2012

Group to host micro-grant dinner

INDIANAPOLIS — Dreamapolis will host PitchFeast, Indianapolis' first micro-grant dinner, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the SpeakEasy.

PitchFeast is a bi-monthly event where $5 provides patrons with dinner and a chance to award a micro-grant investment for a creative Indianapolis idea.

This month's dinner is sponsored by Yats, Amelia's bakery, and Upland Brewery, with 100 percent of the money generated going to the winning idea.

The purpose of PitchFeast is to independently crowd-source micro-grants and resources to fund ideas for entrepreneurs that traditionally would not have access. In an economy where funds for creative projects are difficult to secure, and traditional funders have limited resources for innovative work, PitchFeast works to provide small grants to catalyze innovation in the city.

"Indianapolis is a place with incredible ideas, and Dreamapolis wants to provide opportunities for those ideas to become a reality," Jaron Garrett, Dreamapolis' co-founder, explained in a press release. "PitchFeast is a unique opportunity for us to connect food and fellowship for a unique fundraising opportunity."

Further, by fostering broad community participation, PitchFeast activates a network of support and participation that bridges socioeconomic and sector divides for experiences that go far beyond financial support.

As an Indianapolis-based organization, Dreamapolis works to help urban Indianapolis entrepreneurs start businesses by connecting them with critical tools and resources. To date, Dreamapolis has coordinated 16 workshops that engaged 237 entrepreneurs; taught at two summer camps that educated more than 50 local youth on the nuances of business and financial literacy; and invested nearly $2,000 in creative Indianapolis ideas.

For more information about Dreamapolis and/or PitchFeast, visit the Dreamapolis website at www.dreamapolis.com or call 759-1820.

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