Gigot Center

McCloskey Business Plan Competition

The annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition provides a tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurial-minded members of the Notre Dame community to come together for the purpose of fostering new business development. Members of the Irish Entrepreneurs and IrishAngels networks, select groups of Notre Dame alumni and friends who are experienced in entrepreneurial endeavors and interested in supporting new venture development, are a significant and valuable source of feedback and mentoring to aspiring Notre Dame student and alumni entrepreneurs throughout the Competition. Participants network with judges, entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists, and compete to win up to $300,000 in cash and prizes.

To Learn More or to Enter the Competition click here.

Ideas Challenge 2014: Kickoff for Entrepreneurship @ ND

When: 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Where: Giovanini Commons - Mendoza College of Business, Lower Level
What: Our challenge is simple. Bring an idea to share. Here’s the scoop:

  • Come prepared with a 60-second “pitch” to explain your new business venture – whether an amazing new scientific or engineering technology, service, or product that will impact lives – all ideas are welcome!
  • No registration is necessary – those pitching will sign in upon arrival.
  • One pitch per student will be allowed.
  • No PowerPoint slides are allowed – this “elevator pitch” simulates a chance encounter with an investor on an elevator – 60 seconds to “pitch” your idea to a potential investor!
  • Ideas must be new and unique this year – not something already “pitched” last year.
  • Open to all current ND students – graduate and undergraduate students are welcome!

Why: You can win prizes! $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded by audience vote for the best ideas. Additional prizes include gift cards for Chipotle, Starbucks, Jimmy John's, Urban Outfitters and more.

Don’t have an idea? That’s okay – come to listen to the ideas presented! The best ideas will be determined by audience vote.

Apprehensions? Let us help by dispelling some common myths:

Myth: “I need a BIG idea.”
Truth: Any idea is welcome.Revolutionary businesses have come from small ideas.

Myth: “I need to have my idea fully developed.”
Truth: Keep it simple. Come ready to simply share your idea with others.

Myth: “This is only for business majors.”
Truth: Not true! Students from all disciplines are welcome to participate!

Join us for this opportunity to share ideas, celebrate the best ideas, and network with other like-minded entrepreneurial thinkers. Hear about the resources the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship has to offer.