Student Pre-Accelerator

The IDEA Center’s Student Entrepreneur Pre-Accelerator

Once you have submitted your idea and are benefiting from all the IDEA Center has to offer you, your ultimate goal as a Notre Dame student entrepreneur will be to apply for acceptance into the IDEA Center’s Student Entrepreneur Pre-Accelerator. Our 6-week Pre-Accelerator is offered once in the Fall semester and once in the Spring semester, and provides student entrepreneurs with the training and resources they need to grow their business, structure, accountability, and access to a community of fellow student entrepreneurs.

Student entrepreneurs who are accepted into the IDEA Center's Pre-Accelerator will:

  • participate in weekly programs/meetings and office hours
  • present their company to potential investors during Demo Day (held at the end of the program)

The requirements for the Pre-Accelerator are a presentation slide deck and a 5 minute video submission. These are the exact same requirements to enter Round 2 of McCloskey. Requirement details found here.

E-mail Owyn Ferguson ( to apply. Your email should include a brief description of your venture and a pitch deck that emphasizes the traction you have.

The next session will be in Fall 2023.