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Gigot Center to host entrepreneurial panel discussion

by Arlette Saenz, Notre Dame News and Information

September 6, 2006


The Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame will host a panel discussion featuring experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists on Thursday (Sept. 7) at
7 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business. 

A kick-off event for the seventh annual Notre Dame Business Plan Competition, the panel discussion is sponsored by the NASDAQ Educational Foundation and will be the first of several training sessions scheduled for the academic year.

Five experienced panelists will offer advice on recognizing opportunities, building entrepreneurial teams, and the role of the entrepreneur.

Tom Mendoza, president of Network Appliance and the benefactor for whom the College of Business is named, will serve as moderator for the discussion.  Panelists include Notre Dame alumni Ellen Carnahan, founder of Seyen Capital; Rich Earley, founder of Dunrath Capital; and John Street, an entrepreneur in telecommunications and technology companies.  David Hitz, founder of Network Appliance, also will join the discussion.

The Gigot Center was established in 1998 with a $2 million gift from 1972 Notre Dame graduate Gary E. Gigot, a private investor. It offers internships, sponsors several business plan competitions, operates a small business incubator, and provides a broad-based curriculum that gives Notre Dame students the entrepreneurial skills that will enable them to convert ideas into market possibilities.

Contact: Melissa Paulsen, program manager for Gigot Center, 574-631-7568, Paulsen.5@nd.edu

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