McCloskey Competition

McCloskey New Venture Competition

The McCloskey New Venture Competition is a signature event in the innovation ecosystem at Notre Dame. It serves as an opportunity to test the validity of ideas and innovations and allows students to develop skills directly transferable to the commercial market. The competition is open to all current students from Notre Dame and Saint Mary's, as well as faculty and staff, alumni, and local community leaders. Participants are encouraged as entrepreneurs to create presentation and pitch decks, receive mentorship, serve as team leaders, and compete for prizes that include resources and funding. The competition is designed to strengthen startup skills by providing participants with insight from mentors and judges that includes a mix of angel investors, venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs, and other startup experts. Teams are provided with proven strategies and a process to build a solid foundation to launch ventures. 

Round 2 Applications close on February 6, 2024 at 5PM EST.

Semifinals will take place on April 25th from 8am-5pm at Innovation Park

Finals will take place on April 26th from 1:30-4pm at the Dahnke Ballroom inside the Duncan Student Center

Watch last year's competition...

Email Mackenzie Young or Patti Reinhardt to sponsor or serve as a judge, mentor, founder, or contributing student team member.

Join Student Connections if you are looking to add students to your team or you are a student looking to join a team.