Submit your Idea


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.  

After submitting your idea, you will:

  • Receive an email from one of our Startup Coaches, who will walk you through the resources available to you and how to access them.
  • Work with your Startup Coach to build your business and pitch to the IDEA Center and other investors.
  • Have access to up to $1,000 in non-dilutive (grant) money to test your business idea.

Informational Video on Launching Your Startup

Informational Video on Process of Submitting Your Idea

Informational Video on Friday Pitches and Pitch Decks


All IDEA Center staff and startup coaches sign a Non-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.