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Gigot Center to award $24,000 in annual business plan events

by Melissa Paulsen

April 1, 2006

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More than $24,000 in prize money will be awarded April 19 to 21 (Wednesday to Friday) in two business plan competitions organized by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Winners in the McCloskey Notre Dame Business Plan Competition and the Notre Dame Social Venture Plan Competition will be announced at the McCloskey competition final event from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. on April 21 in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business.

The sixth annual McCloskey event will feature five finalists vying for a first-place prize of $15,000. In addition, the McCloskey finalists, other McCloskey award winners, and the winner of the Social Venture competition will make presentations to the audience, which will vote to determine the winner of the $3,000 Pace Global People's Choice Award.

The fifth annual Social Venture event will feature five finalists with socially-oriented business plans competing for prize money of more than $5,000. The competition is co-sponsored by the Master of Nonprofit Administration program in Mendoza.

The two Gigot business plan competitions, which drew 100 entries, required participation by at least one Notre Dame student or graduate.

Summaries of finalists' descriptions for all events are available on the Web at www.nd.edu/~entrep or by contacting the Gigot Center at entrep@nd.edu.

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