McCloskey Business Plan Competition - Registration is Open!

Author: Mendoza College

Aspiring Notre Dame student and alumni entrepreneurs compete to win up to $200,000 in cash and in-kind prizes during the 13th annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition. Online registration is now open; the deadline is November 9, 2012. Visit the McCloskey Business Plan Competition website for detailed information regarding the competition, including requirements, prizes, deadlines and other details.

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 18-19 for nearly $200,000 in cash and in-kind prizes, including a $25,000 grand prize and a cash award of $15,000 for the venture having the greatest social impact.

Members of the Irish Entrepreneurs Network, 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 associate director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship, 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 Entrepreneurs Network.”

The McCloskey Business Plan Competition is sponsored by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship 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