Standing for Innovation, De-Risking and Enterprise Acceleration, the IDEA Center is the fundamental resource for all commercialization and entrepreneurial activities at the University of Notre Dame. It provides the necessary space, services and expertise for idea development, commercialization, business formation, prototyping, entrepreneurial education and student entrepreneurial efforts. It is designed to bring the best Notre Dame faculty, staff and student ideas and innovations to market.

Ways to Launch and Grow

Commercialization Engine

Transforms the innovations of University researchers into market applications

Innovation Park

Empowers entrepreneurs to build great businesses by providing world-class office space designed to spark productive collisions and creativity

Student Entrepreneurship

Provides opportunities for students to turn their ideas into businesses and learn about entrepreneurship

Lean Canvas

Takes University innovations and changes them into market-validated technologies ready for launch

Maker Space

Offers state-of-the-art manufacturing tools and resources for the development of products and prototypes for ventures of all kinds

Commercialization Engine Funding

Accelerates the advancement of University innovations by fueling them with milestone-based funding
Yali Skew

1400 E. Angela Blvd
South Bend, IN 46617
574-631-8825

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