This prestigious award annually honors two deserving student startups affiliated with the University of Iowa. The recipients of this award exhibit passion, devotion, and innovation in planning and deploying their startup and have either made significant progress over the years, or have made an impact as determined by jobs created, revenue generated, or other metrics. For the purpose of this award, a startup is defined as a breakout company that has been in operation for three years or less.


  • Company must be started by a University of Iowa student
  • Company must not exceed three years of operation
  • Company must be based in Iowa
  • Candidate must be the owner of the company and currently enrolled in 6 or more credit hours at the University of Iowa at the time of the application


Next Steps

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Student Startup of the year. Please check back in early 2019 for additional information.

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