Award Applications

The Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors, hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center recognizes the outstanding entrepreneurial accomplishments of our alumni, students, faculty, staff, and Venture School participants. Please complete this form to enter yourself form consideration for an award.

General Guidelines for Applications

  1. Graduates, former students, faculty, and staff of the University of Iowa or past participants in any JPEC-affiliated programming may apply. Please see individual award descriptions for further details.
  2. We encourage entrepreneurs and innovators from any industry to apply for our awards.
  3. Nominations and applications are welcome. Complete our simple nomination form to recognize a deserving Hawkeye, and we will contact them to collect additional information.
  4. With the exception of the Enterprise Leadership Awards, the nominee must have played a central role in creating and/or developing a new business enterprise, or have reimagined or significantly grown an existing business enterprise.
  5. The applicant’s company must have a reputation for sound business ethics and excellent management practices
  6. The applicant must be respected as a leader in the industry and community, as demonstrated by involvement in industry, community, and service organizations and/or activities.
  7. The applicant is a good ambassador for the University of Iowa and/or Iowa JPEC.
  8. If there are multiple applicants who meet the criteria within one business, they may ALL be recognized in a single application for each award.

If you have any questions regarding an application please email