The Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center was named one of five finalists in the Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation award category by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), a worldwide academic association of entrepreneurship educators. The award is given to honor a center that creatively supports the process of launching and accelerating university affiliated startups through competitions, incubators, accelerators or other programs, ISU JPEC said. The Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Texas Christian University, and the Northeastern University Center of Entrepreneurship Education at Northeastern University were overall winners of the category. GCEC received 101 submissions from 76 global universities; the 2020 award finalists were announced Oct. 30.