The Venture Award was established in 1988 to recognize existing Iowa companies for their significant contributions to Iowa's economy through entrepreneurial leadership, innovation and the creation of job opportunities.
Over the years, the scope of the award has been broadened to include special recognition awards. Categories for these Special Venture Awards include Outstanding Business of the Year, recognizing significant business growth for new or existing business; Distinguished Leadership, recognizing visionary leadership and significant contributions to economic development by an individual or organization; and the Value Added Ag Partnership Venture Award recognizing significant contributions to economic development and value added agriculture.
View the listing of the 200+ Iowa Venture Award recipients in the Venture Award Hall of Fame.
Venture Award Nominations: A Call for Nominations is sent out in June of each year to our electric utility sponsors.