Iowa State University has been named Entrepreneurial University of the Year for the Americas, in an international competition covering a 33-country region. The award, presented by the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities, recognizes excellence in incorporating entrepreneurial initiatives throughout the university and prioritizing entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education. “Being recognized among our global peers as the best in the Americas is a wonderful validation of the important work being done across campus to foster entrepreneurial development and community engagement,” Judi Eyles, director of Iowa State’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, said in a prepared statement. Criteria for the Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award for the Americas included leadership within the academic world, commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial concept and strategy, and outcome and impact of efforts. Iowa State was recognized for its collaboration across campus, academic entrepreneurial courses and degrees and entrepreneurial programs like CyBIZ Lab and Startup Factory.