University of Notre Dame's McCloskey Business Plan Competition 2012


1st round entry materials due


Competition Organizer

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

Local US Event
Notre Dame, IN
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

All participating teams must be led by Notre Dame students or alumni. 

This competition is open to venture that are in either a pre-launch phase or early stage of launch. 

Individuals may compete on more than one team. 

Important Dates

Round one submissions are due on November 7, 2011. Those teams advancing to Round two must submit a business plan by February 12, 2012. Semifinalists will be announced on March 16, 2012, and will be required to present their business plans to a panel of judges. After a semi-final round, finalists will compete for prizes at the final event on April 20, 2012. Awards will be announced following presentations. 

Competition Prizes

Teams will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. The Grand Prize winner will receive up to $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. The Klau Family Prize for Greatest Social Impact will award $15,000 to a team with the best social business plan. 

Other Info

Teams wishing to be considered for the Klau Family Social Impact Prize must demonstrate potential for growth, a plan for  financial sustainability, and measurable social impact.