2018-2019 McCloskey Business Plan Competition

  • $50,000 McCloskey Grand Prize
    • $50,000 in cash awarded to the top ND affiliated team
  • $25,000 Prize for Greatest Social Impact 
    • $25,000 in cash awarded to the top ND affiliated team
  • $10,000 Lavrock Ventures Prize for Best Graduate Student Venture
  • $10,000 Equifund Prize for Best Undergraduate Student Venture
  • IrishAngels Award
    • One finalist will be given an opportunity to pitch to the IrishAngels Investing Group; value is $25,000.  Awarded to a team affiliated with the University of Notre Dame.
  • Elevate Ventures Award
    • Opportunity to pitch to their High Potential Start Up Fund Board; value is $25,000
  • Plug and Play Tech Center Startup Camp Award
    • $50,000 in program services, 10-week Startup Camp experience in Silicon Valley: possible $25,000 cash investment
  • Workman Nydegger IP Prize
    • One free Provisional Patent
  • Michael Best & Friedrich LLP IP Prize
    • One free Provisional Patent
  • Palo Alto Software
    • Best Written Student Plans:  $1,500 for best undergraduate plan and $1,500 for best graduate plan; awarded to University of Notre Dame graduate and undergraduate teams
    • In-kind services valued at $7,000 (including access to LivePlan, critical reviews of the business plan and pitch deck, and an introduction to the angel investing platform)
    • Total value is $10,000 in cash and in-kind services
  • Sutherland Family Award for Best Presentation
    • $5,000 cash prize for best finalist presentation (determined by audience vote)
  • McCloskey Runner-up Prizes(s)
    • $5,000 cash award awarded to an ND-affiliated team
  • First State Bank Banking Award
    • $2,000 in cash and $3,000 in in-kind services; total award is $5,000
  • Innovation Park at Notre Dame Award
    • 100 square feet of office space offered for 6 months at a value of $1500
  • Vogel Family Award for Best Startup Showcase Presentation
    • $1,000 cash award (determined by attendees at Startup Showcase


  • Start-Up South Bend Elkhart/Elevate Ventures Grand Prize
    • $50,000 in cash awarded to the top community based team (non-ND) has a reporting requirement and Elevate first right of refusal on future rounds associated
  • Schurz Communications Award
    • $20,000 cash award and $10,000 in print advertising
  • ​​​​​​​Kem Krest Award for Best Minority Owned Business
    • ​​​​​​​$15,000 cash award
  • ​​​​​​​Horvath Communications Award for Best Woman Owned Business
    • ​​​​​​​$15,000 cash award