Student Pathways

The Student Commercialization Program
The Student Commercialization program offers a milestone-based process to help student teams learn to develop and de-risk technologies, with access to mentorship, funding and networking resources as needed.
Whether you have your own idea to launch a company, or want to gain experience working at an early stage startup, our Student Commercialization Program can help serve you. Start this process by submitting your idea!

Startup Funding
Students advancing through the Student Commercialization Program are able to pitch weekly for grant funding of up to $2,500 to help students take risks and launch new ideas.  Student ventures may also have access to external capital networks such as the IDEA Center Engine Fund, Elevate Ventures and others.

Join a Team or Find Students with Expertise

Student Connections platform is designed to help participants build robust and collaborative teams, by providing a way to facilitate team building connections.


First enter your information here. You then can connect with individuals who have expressed a willingness to work with a McCloskey team or a team in our Pipeline. Once you have submitted your information, you will be contacted by our staff to start the matching process.


If you are willing to help, simply fill out this brief questionnaire. ​You will add useful information, i.e., degree information, major, areas of expertise, and areas of interest.  You will also provide a link to your resume.  ​By registering in this directory, you are not obligated to participate unless you find a concept that interests you, and you agree that you’d like to help the team. Our staff will then reach out to you with founders requests to make a connection.

Mentorship and Support
By tapping into the expertise of our Venture Coaches and the superb IDEA Center Leadership Team, as well as our outstanding alumni network, we can connect you to the industry experts, mentors and advisors you need to succeed.  Events sponsored by the IDEA Center help to bring outstanding experts to campus each year and are attended by members of the alumni community.  Feedback, networking assistance and mentoring opportunities abound.

Innovation Park at Notre Dame
Home to the IDEA Center, Innovation Park at Notre Dame is a 95,000-square foot technology and entrepreneurship facility at the University of Notre Dame. It serves as a site of nucleation where productive collisions between individuals such as entrepreneurs and inventors, students and investors, and subject matter experts and University staff routinely take place.

Maker Space
An amazing Maker Space is available for students at the IDEA Center, and offers a comprehensive set of hand tools, 3D printers and more, much with which to build a basic tangible prototype.