Award Nominations

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.

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 jobs created, revenue generated, or other metrics.

General Guidelines for Nominations

  1. Graduates, former students, faculty, and staff of the University of Iowa may be nominated.
  2. Self-nominations are encouraged.
  3. We encourage all entrepreneurs and innovators to apply/be nominated for our awards. This includes social entrepreneurs, high technology and 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