McCloskey Business Plan Competition is OPEN for registration

Author: Karen Slaggert


Aspiring Notre Dame student and alumni entrepreneurs compete to win more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes during the 12th annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition. Online registration is now open; with a final deadline of Nov. 7, 2011.

The McCloskey Competition is for ventures that have not yet been launched or are at the earliest stage of launch. Eligible teams must have at least one member who is a Notre Dame student or alumni.

Round one simply requires a two-page overview.  Teams chosen to advance to round two will be required to submit a 10-page business plan in early February. From this group, teams will be selected to advance to the semifinal and final rounds, competing LIVE on campus April 19-20 for more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Members of the IrishAngels, a select group of entrepreneurs within the Notre Dame community who support new venture creation, will act as judges and mentors for the competition.

 “Our current economy is ripe for innovative ideas and business models.  There has never been a better time to start the business planning process,” said Karen Slaggert, the assistant director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, who manages the competition. “With the resources available through the McCloskey Business Plan Competition, we expect to see a plethora of business ideas, both traditional and those interested in social impact. The McCloskey Competition gives a real leg-up to those who enter because of the mentoring and networking opportunities with our alumni and members of the Irish Angel Network.”

The McCloskey Business Plan Competition is sponsored by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Mendoza College of Business, an academic center devoted to providing students with the knowledge and skills vital to entrepreneurship through rigorous coursework, business plan competitions, extensive networking and mentorship, and hands-on learning experiences. For more information about the Center, visit