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Third annual invention convention to take place April 21

by Dennis Brown, Notre Dame News and Information

April 7, 2005

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Six participants in the third annual Invention Convention Business Plan Competition have been selected to advance to the finals April 21 (Thursday).

Organized by the University of Notre Dame’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC), the event will conclude with presentations by the finalists from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Giovanni Commons of the Mendoza College of Business on campus. The participants will be competing for $1,000 in cash prizes.

The finalists are:

Dexter Brown – Dexter Brown Photography
Janus Flora – West Side Lemonade
Willie Jones – Upper Cutz Barbering Services
Lachelle and Airelle Morrow – Anaiya Fashion Designs
Jessica Payne – Jessi’s Subs
Don Robertson – Michiana Floor Cleaning
The Invention Convention is the culmination of a yearlong initiative in which Notre Dame students and staff from the Gigot Center and RCLC work with young people from South Bend’s Northeast Neigborhood on entrepreneurial projects designed to improve their business, academic and life skills. In the spring, participants take part in the business plan competition to share what they have learned throughout the year.

The event is free and open to the public. Contact: Jessica McManus Warnell, 574-631-9182 or jmcmanus@nd.edu