From the Director

Author: Jeff Bernel

Greetings from the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship and welcome to our fall 2012 newsletter.  Our Center continues to pursue projects that focus on our mission of entrepreneurship education, business launching assistance and social entrepreneurship. 

The previously branded IrishAngels Network has been rebranded the “Irish Entrepreneurs Network” to more accurately describe its mentorship activities and business plan competition judging.  Karen Slaggert, our Associate Director, will manage the “IEN” along with the Center’s McCloskey Business Plan competition as she has in the past.  Please log onto to learn more about these programs.

During the annual meeting of the formerly branded IrishAngels Network this past April, our members clearly articulated their wishes to see the opportunity to participate in angel investment forums as was past practice with the Gigot Center.  I am pleased to announce the formation of the new IrishAngel fund. Its first investment forum will be held November 8 & 9, in Chicago at Notre Dame’s Executive MBA facility on S. Michigan Avenue.  The fund currently has sixty new members with a goal of seventy-five to one hundred.  More information on the new IrishAngels can be found at:  Or, please contact the IrishAngel’s founding director, Gale Bowman at

Over the summer our Center created a new service for our Notre Dame family of entrepreneurs.  The Gigot Funding Advisory Service will be launched in late November with its mission to assist our entrepreneurs more efficiently find appropriate funding sources.  A database of over four hundred and twenty funding sources was created organized by the type of fund, where the fund specializes, funding requirements and if any of their partners are Notre Dame alumni.  It will be run by an application process that will be added to the Center’s web presence.

The Center is also very pleased to announce the addition of Elisa Podrasky as the Center’s administrative assistant.  Elisa is a Saint Mary’s graduate and a long time Notre Dame employee.  Patti Reinhardt, has been promoted to a program assistant position working with Karen Slaggert and Melissa Paulsen.  Congratulations and welcome aboard, Patti and Elisa.