The IDEA Center is the hub of innovation for aspiring student entrepreneurs at Notre Dame.

Our mission is to change students' lives through the discipline of entrepreneurship.

Submit your idea here. Big or small, we care about all of your ideas, whether it is something you hope could change the lives of many or just the lives of Notre Dame students. Or maybe you have identified a problem and are looking for some help in exploring possible solutions.  

The IDEA Center exists to help you every step of the way. Our staff and Startup Coaches will provide you access to resources, point you to possible funding, and lend assistance as you develop your path to success. Any idea is welcome, whether you have just scribbled thoughts on a napkin or have already launched a company.  

All IDEA Center staff and Startup Coaches sign a Confidential-Disclosure Agreement protecting your idea submission. The University of Notre Dame claims no ownership over your intellectual property.  The IDEA Center exists to support you as a Notre Dame student.

McCloskey New Venture Competition

Participate in the McCloskey New Venture Competition as a student founder or build skills as a supportive team member. For those looking to join a team or seeking team members, complete the Student Connections form to become part of a network that will allow the IDEA Center to help you find a good match.

Entrepreneurship Education Programs

Student Entrepreneurship About Idea Center 2021

Submit Your Idea

Big or small, we care about all of your ideas

Student Entrepreneurship Resources 2021


We are here to help you on your entrepreneurial journey and can guide you to a variety of resources and opportunities

Student Entrepreneurship Paid Internships 2021

Paid Internships

Learn about the paid internships available at the IDEA Center