Process

ROUND 1
Participants submit the required document and 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 required 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 October 18; those advancing to round 2 are announced by no later than November 11. See SCHEDULE for specific dates; see REQUIREMENTS for a detailed outline of the requirements for the round 1 . Click here for a video explanation of Round 1 Submission. 

ROUND 2
Teams will develop a 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 January 31st ; 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. 

SEMIFINAL ROUND
Semifinalist teams will submit recorded pitches by April 23, 5pm EST. Judges review April 26-27, Q&A for teams April 28. Finalists will be identified and announced end of day April 28.

FINAL ROUND
In April, all finalists will present virtually to a panel of judges, with live Q&A. Winners for all prizes will be announced at the conclusion of the final round judging. The final round of judging takes place on Friday April 30. See SCHEDULE for specific dates.

STARTUP SHOWCASE- TBD
All Round 2 teams will be invited to participate in the Startup Showcase. Held on the Friday morning of final round judging on April 30, 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.