About the Honors

The first Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors, hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, will be held in spring 2020. The Honors will be a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship. Please join us to network with successful entrepreneurs while enjoying cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and special remarks from John Pappajohn. 

Several awards will be presented at this event. Please see below for additional information on the awards and how you can nominate an individual or company.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020
5:30-8:00 PM
Graduate Hotel | Wayne Ballroom

210 S Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
Business attire suggested

Individual Tickets - $100.00

Ticket includes one individual seat along with dinner and drinks for the evening.

Table Sponsorship - $1,000.00

Our event will feature ten seats per table. With each table sponsorship, you are able to bring up to eight people to the event. The remaining two seats at each table will allow two entrepreneurship students to attend the event at no cost. If you do not wish to use all eight tickets as a part of your sponsorship you can also elect to donate additional seats to UI students. Businesses wishing to sponsor a table will have their logo prominently displayed at the venue on a sign/banner, and will be recognized in the program and all other marketing materials.

Purchase tickets/sponsorships here

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 until Friday, February 21, 2020.
  7. The Awards Committee will meet in March 2020 to review all nominations and make the selections.
  8. Awards will be presented at the Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors event in Iowa City on Thursday April 23, 2020. 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

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.