University of Notre Dame's McCloskey Business Plan Competition 2011


Registration deadline


Competition Organizer

Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
Who's Eligible

Any full-time Notre Dame student or Notre Dame alumnus. Participants may compete as individuals or as part of a team. 

Important Dates

Registration deadline is November 8, 2010. 10-page business plans are due on February 11, 2011. Semi-finalists will be announced on March 18, 2011, and the final event will take place on April 15, 2011.

Competition Prizes

More than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes are available in this competition. The Grand Prize winner will receive $20,000 in cash and in-kind services. The runner-up will receive $5,000. Several other awards will also be given out, including the $15,000 Klau Family Prize for Greatest Social Impact and the $5,000 prize for Best Nanotechnology Venture.

Other Info

Formerly billed as the “Social Venture Competition,” the Klau Family Prize for Greatest Social Impact is now a vital part of the McCloskey Business Plan Competition, and offers all ventures – both for-profit and not-for-profit – the opportunity to compete for an additional $15,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.