Irish Innovation Fund

The Irish Innovation Fund (IIF) is a $3.5-million fund (launched in the spring of 2013) at the University of Notre Dame established to help launch student-led ventures and further strengthen the educational component of the University's ESTEEM Program.  It was made by in honor of Philip J. Purcell, III – a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. 

More about this fund and the generous donation given to start it can be found at the original press release.

The Board currently has four (4) members and is chaired by Phil Purcell, Notre Dame graduate, benefactor and long-time member of the University's Board of Trustees.  

The Irish Innovation Fund is part of the ESTEEM Program and every idea/business plan submitted for funding will be reviewed by the ESTEEM Graduate students as part of their curriculum (along with outside advisors).  ESTEEM students will be actively interacting with any student/student teams who submit ideas/business plans seeking funding from initial plan submission to actual funding -- and even after the funding event.

See the Irish Innovation Fund's Eligibility and Application page for more information.

Torigen Pharmaceuticals (an ESTEEM Spin-off) received the very first funding infusion ever offered through the Irish Innovation Fund.  Check out this video to find out more: