The Gigot Center will have the opportunity to collaborate with a series of organizations to extend the reach of the educational experience that our McCloskey Business Plan Competition delivers to our students. This coming academic year, Gigot will be working with three new partner organizations: The Atlantic Coast conference (ACC), UnderArmour, and Schurz Communications.
We are very excited to announce that the ACC is launching the ACC Innovation Competition, an entrepreneurial challenge between the 15 member universities in the conference. The competition will be focus on undergraduate entries and will align with the McCloskey timeline to reduce any duplication of effort for our students. One undergraduate team will be selected to travel to the ACC finals to represent the University of Notre Dame. This year the finals will be in April on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Also new this year is a partnership with Cupid’s Cup, Under Armour Founder/CEO Kevin Plank’s search for the world’s most passionate student entrepreneurs. Participants in the 10th annual Cupid’s Cup compete for more than $100K in cash prizes plus access to Kevin Plank's professional network. We will identify the McCloskey Competition’s best and brightest student ventures to represent Notre Dame in the Cupid’s Cup, sure to be an exciting opportunity for ND’s aspiring student entrepreneurs!
The 2015-2016 Schurz Innovation Challenge is a great addition as well. Partnering with Innovation Park at Notre Dame, we are very pleased to help sponsor this unique competition, geared specifically toward student ventures related to online media technology. With more than $10K in cash prizes up for grabs, this opportunity for current Notre Dame students is sure to spark the innovation spirit in those students interested in the area of media technology.
These collaborations will enrich the entrepreneurial learning experience for our students and extend the reputational reach of the Gigot Center, the Mendoza College of Business and the University of Notre Dame.