Gigot Center

About Us

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The Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship was founded in 1998 for the purpose of fostering innovation and infusing aspiring entrepreneurs with a sense of the possible.  Through rigorous coursework, our business plan competitions, extensive networking and mentorship, and hands-on learning experiences, we provide students with the knowledge and skills vital to entrepreneurship.

We seek to develop individuals who have a vision for a for-profit venture as well as "intrapreneurs" who seek to bring innovation to an existing business. And in keeping with the Mendoza College mission to Ask More of Business™, the Gigot Center actively supports the social entrepreneur who uses business skills and knowledge to serve the greater good.

The Gigot Center is associated with the Mendoza College of Business Department of Management.

Program Details:

  • The Notre Dame MBA entrepreneurial track has been offered since 1998, and the undergraduate major since 2000
  • Curriculum includes 37 courses that have a primary emphasis in entrepreneurship
  • Approximately 90 percent of entrepreneurship faculty have started, bought or operated a successful business
  • Center sponsors 20 non-curriculum-based activities and competitions annually in entrepreneurship, including the Notre Dame Business Plan Competition that awards more than $40,000 in prizes
  • Other distinguishing programs features: