Participants submit the required document, and optional video, through this site along with a 50-100 word public summary for their new venture. The overview will outline the business concept, target market, competitive landscape and financial potential for the venture.
Judges will review business overviews and optional video and provide detailed feedback to teams in this round. Feedback from the judges will be used to select the teams that will advance to the round 2. The round 1 overview is due November 27; those advancing to round 2 are announced by no later than December 22. See SCHEDULE for specific dates; see REQUIREMENTS for a detailed outline of the requirements for the round 1 .
Teams will develop a 10-page transitional business plan (with up to 5 pages of appendices) for their new venture, including sales, pricing and production strategies, detailed financial projections and other relevant business details. Each team advancing to round 2 may request a mentor from the Irish Entrepreneurs Network or Notre Dame entrepreneurial community. This mentor will provide helpful feedback as the team develops the business model and writes the business plan. Round 2 business plans are due February 25; semifinalist teams will be announced mid-March. See SCHEDULE for specific dates; see REQUIREMENTS for a detailed outline of the requirement for the round 2 business plan.
Semifinalist teams will be required to come to the Notre Dame campus in April to give oral presentations before a panel of judges. Finalists will be identified and announced at the end of the semifinalist presentations.
In April, all finalists will present LIVE in Dahnke Ballroom at the Duncan Student Center. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the final day of judging at the awards banquet. The final round of judging takes place on Friday April 27. See SCHEDULE for specific dates.
All Round 2 teams will be invited to participate in the Startup Showcase. Held on the Friday morning of final round judging on April 27, this forum will provide networking opportunities for teams with competition judges, mentors, investors and others with significant experience with new venture creation, including members of the Notre Dame's Irish Entrepreneurs and IrishAngels Network, faculty, staff and members of the University of Notre Dame entrepreneurial community at large.