2020-2021 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 sponsored by Marshal County 
    • $25,000 in cash awarded to the top ND affiliated team
  • $10,000 Lavrock Ventures Prize for Best Graduate Student Venture
  • $10,000 Equicorp Partners, LLC. 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 $20,000
  • 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
  • RSM US, LLP Prize
    • $10,000 in-kind accounting, tax, and/or consultative business services
  • Best Venture from the College of Science
    • $10,000 cash prize to the best venture coming from the College of Science
  • Blockchain Technology Award
    • $5,000 cash prize presented to the venture that best employs blockchain technology in its operations or best advances the state of the art of block chain. All teams in the semifinal round are eligible.
  • Palo Alto Software
    • 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)
  • Sutherland Family Award for Best Presentation
    • $5,000 cash prize for best finalist presentation (determined by audience vote)
  • First State Bank Banking Award
    • $3,000 in cash and $2,000 in in-kind services; total award is $5,000


  • Start-Up South Bend Elkhart
    • $25,000 to best Community Venture (Non-ND)