Gigot Center

Competitions

McCloskey Business Plan 2012-2013

Ideas Challenge
McCloskey Business Plan Competition
Klau Family Prize for Greatest Social Impact
NASDAQ Competition Support Series

The annual Notre Dame New Venture Competitions provide 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 IrishAngels network, a select group 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 Competitions. Participants network with judges, entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists, and compete to win more than $200,000 in cash and prizes. The Notre Dame New Venture Competitions include the following:

Ideas Challenge

Join us each year early in the fall as we kickoff an exciting year in entrepreneurship with the first of this year’s Notre Dame New Venture Competitions: the Ideas Challenge! Don’t think you’re an entrepreneur? Have an idea but aren’t quite sure what your next steps might be? Just curious? Come share your idea, or just listen to others! Participants have 90 seconds to pitch their ideas to the audience. Four lucky winners (selected by the audience) will win an iPad and countless others will win gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses – just for coming! This is a great way to “dip your toe” into the entrepreneurial waters and hear about the other events and competitions the Gigot Center will be sponsoring throughout the year. Open to all ND students. Refreshments will be served.

McCloskey Business Plan Competition

The McCloskey Business Plan competition is for ventures that have not been launched or are in the earliest stages of launch. Open to all Notre Dame alumni, students and faculty, new ventures compete for a total of nearly $300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes, including the McCloskey $25,000 Grand Prize, and the $15,000 Klau Family Prize for Greatest Social Impact. The Venture Fair (see video) showcases all of the incredible new Notre Dame ventures arising from the Competition.

Klau Family Prize for Greatest Social Impact

Formerly billed as the “Social Venture Competition,” this award is now part of the McCloskey Business Plan Competition, and offers all ventures – both for-profit and not-for-profit – the opportunity to compete for an additional $15,000 in cash and in-kind venture support service prizes. Are you passionate about solving a particular social, humanitarian, or environmental problem? Does your business address a profound human need? Enter the McCloskey Business Plan Competition and register to compete for the Klau Prize.

NASDAQ Competition Support Series

Sponsored by the NASDAQ Educational Foundation, the NASDAQ Competition Support Series is intended to provide participants with the marketplace perspective that is essential to developing viable plans for new ventures. The sessions will consist of interactive panel discussions and presentations from experienced entrepreneurs, including members of Notre Dame's IrishAngels network and other seasoned business professionals. Check the Gigot Center Events to find information about upcoming training and mentoring sessions.  For those who are not able to attend sessions held on campus at ND, steaming videos will be posted immediately following each session.