Iowa females needing funding to take their businesses to the next level, or those ready to take a business concept to reality, Ascent Iowa is offering "Invest in She." With the help of the Iowa Women's Leadership Conference, the event will provide six female entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business plan for a chance to win $5,000. Pitches will be made to a panel of local investors, who will have 10 minutes to evaluate and potentially invest in each plan. The panel will also offer real-time feedback on plans, and it will give each participant a chance to expand her professional network. More information can be found online. Applications are due Aug. 11.