About the Honors

The Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors, hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, will be held in spring 2021. The Honors will be a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship and several awards will be presented at this event. Additional information to come in 2021!

Check out our 2020 award winners.

 

Awards and Nominations

The Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors, hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center recognizes outstanding entrepreneurial accomplishments of our alumni, students, faculty, staff, and Venture School participants.

Recipients of these awards exhibit passion, devotion and innovation in planning and deploying their startup/business, and have made significant progress over the years as determined by metrics such as jobs created and revenue generated.

General Guidelines for Nominations

  1. Graduates, former students, faculty and staff of the University of Iowa of may be nominated.
  2. Self-nominations are encouraged.
  3. We encourage all entrepreneurs and innovators to apply for our awards. This includes social entrepreneurs, high technology or non-technology businesses, etc. All industries included.
  4. The nominee or business must operate in an honorable manner consistent with University of Iowa values and image.
  5. If there are multiple founders who meet the criteria within one business, they may ALL be recognized in a single nomination for each award.
  6. Nominations will be accepted in early 2021.
  7. The Awards Committee will meet in March 2021 to review all nominations and make the selections.
  8. Awards will be presented at the Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors event April 2021. Recipient must attend event to receive award.
  9. Nominations will be considered for two years. It is the responsibility of the nominator to update supporting information as needed.

If you have any questions regarding a nomination please email jan-finlayson@uiowa.edu

Awards seeking nominations

We are no longer accepting nominations.  Please check back in early 2021 for more information.

Granted to an entrepreneur, who previously attended the University of Iowa, for their significant accomplishments in entrepreneurship and innovation. Individuals must be age 35 or younger at time of nomination. If there are multiple founders who meet the criteria within one business, they may all be recognized in a single nomination.

Granted to an entrepreneur, who previously attended the University of Iowa, for their significant accomplishments in entrepreneurship and innovation. If there are multiple founders who meet the criteria within one business, they may all be recognized in a single nomination.

Granted to a University of Iowa undergraduate or graduate student startup for significant accomplishments in entrepreneurship and innovation. Winning startup will be awarded seed capital for their achievement.

Granted to a startup company that has participated in the statewide seven week-long Venture School training program at a cohort location in the state of Iowa. Winners will be awarded seed capital for their achievement.