Margaret Fosmoe | October 19, 2017
Listen up, area entrepreneurs.
Idea Week 2018 is coming to South Bend, Elkhart and the University of Notre Dame.
The event is planned for April 22-28, 2018, and will include startup and business-related events open to the public, Tim Sexton, Notre Dame’s associate vice president for public affairs, said Tuesday at a meeting of the city’s Community-Campus Advisory Coalition.
Notre Dame for 16 years has hosted the annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition, open to its undergraduate and graduate students to compete for prize money for their startup business plans. Faculty and alumni also have participated, as long as at least one team member was a student.
Winners have received cash prizes up to $25,000 or in-kind prizes to pursue their business ventures.
Starting in 2018, the McCloskey competition will be open the public: Students from other area colleges and community residents, Sexton said.
There will be panels and business discussions throughout the week. Events the first few days will be in downtown South Bend, at mid-week in the Elkhart area and at the end of the week at Notre Dame, Sexton said. The week also will include a featured speaker, although that speaker hasn’t yet been selected, he said.
The week is expected to conclude with a concert or other major event at Purcell Pavilion in the Joyce Center on campus, Sexton said.
The business plan competition will be organized by the university’s new IDEA Center, based at Innovation Park, and will be run jointly with Mendoza College of Business.