Semifinalists Selected for the 2016-2017 McCloskey Business Plan Competition

Author: Karen Slaggert

131 teams entered the McCloskey Competition last fall.  Now, after months of hard work by our participants, judges and mentors, 20 teams have been selected to advance to the semifinal round.
These 20 semifinalist teams will compete on campus on Thursday, April 20:  5-minute pitches by the semifinalists in the morning will determine the top 6-8 teams advancing to the final round in the afternoon.  These finalists will also present in Jordan Auditorium on Friday, April 21 beginning at 1:30 pm at the McCloskey Business Plan Competition Final Event.  All awards will be announced at the end of this event.  The final event April 21 is open to the public; we hope you will make plans to attend.

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Wall Street's Fastest Performance Dress Shoes Set Half Marathon Record

Author: Forbes

When a luxury shoe company boasts that its dress shoes are as comfortable as sneakers and can perform just as well, it better be able to back up its claims.

Wolf & Shepherd, a one-year-old Florida-based company founded by a former Notre Dame decathlete, silenced any doubters when 23-year-old Juris Sileniekscrossed the finish line of the Hotlanta Half Marathon on Sunday in a time of 1:17:05,  winning the race and setting the unofficial Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon in dress shoes. Yes, there is such a thing. The record must be verified by Guinness before it becomes official, however.…

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Venture founded by Mendoza grad, Emerson Spartz, specializes in identifying, creating viral content

Author: Lukas I. Alpert, Wall Street Journal

Emerson Spartz began his media career with the Harry Potter blog he created at the age of 12. Fast forward 16 years and he is still channeling some of that same magic, and has now secured a $25 million strategic investment led by Tribune Media Co. for his viral content sites Dose and OMGFacts.

Mr. Spartz, who is renaming his Chicago-based company from Spartz Media to Dose Media, says the Series B funding will allow him to triple the size of his staff to around 100 people, and make significant investments in video and building a branded content team.

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Social Enterprise and Microfinance Internship Application Deadline - February 7

Author: Melissa Paulsen

The Social Enterprise and Microfinance Internship (SEMI)​ is​ co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and Mendoza's Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship. SEMI ​is ​an eight to ten week summer experience with a one credit business and one credit theology course component.  

Applications are available online from now until February 7.  For more information about the program, the internship locations, and a link to the application, see

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Irish Impact People's Choice Winner Featured on Irish Impact Blog and Notre Dame Home Page

Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy


Lisa McDaniel was tired, dog tired. It was nearly 2 a.m. and she was cleaning up after her shift as a cook at Frank’s Place, a restaurant and bar near downtown South Bend.

She dried the last frying pan carefully. She could have hurried to finish — but the long walk home loomed again. The trek would take an hour and a half. McDaniel had been hoofing it back and forth to Mishawaka for more than a year.…

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Former McCloskey Social winner, Morph & Thro, Announces "Green" Friday Deals on Men's and Women's Performance Wear

Author: 24-7 Press Release

"My desire to contribute to the protection and preservation of our environment is overwhelming," said Glenn Earl, owner and former safety in the NFL.

    CHICAGO, IL, November 27, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Morph and Thro, makers of upcycled, quality performance wear for men and women, announces 50% savings on women's active wear and 20% savings on the newly released men's shorts. Friday, November 27th through Monday, November 30th, customers using discount code HolidayCF

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