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Faculty Spotlight: Gale Bowman

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Gale Bowman, the Managing Director of the IrishAngels investors group, shares her expertise with ESTEEM students in a class on early stage financing. Students hear a series of five lectures and also complete final projects based on real-life companies that they select at the beginning of their time in the ESTEEM program. …

Faculty Spotlight -- Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens, who came to Notre Dame on a basketball scholarship and graduated with an economics degree in 1974, entered the world of entrepreneurship while he was playing professional basketball in Europe – he helped open a bar in Belgium. When he returned to the United States, he honed his intrapreneurship skills in seven years at Proctor & Gamble, including five moves in five years. He settled in Boston and practiced his creativity as president of an Anheuser-Busch distributorship that he transformed into a thriving operation.…

Faculty Spotlight -- Michael Kitz

Michael Kitz, who earned dual degrees in engineering and theology at Notre Dame in 1985, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, spent more than two decades in industry, focused on product development, marketing, and management. His globetrotting career included years at Procter & Gamble, Motorola, Honeywell, Chrysler, Goodyear Tire, and OfficeMax, where he was chief marketing officer, head of product development, and leader of a large sourcing operation in China.…

2016 Naughton Fellowship Awardees Announced

Twenty-one students have been announced as awardees of the Naughton Fellowships for 2016. The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. students from the University of Notre Dame and from four universities in Ireland. This year’s winners from Notre Dame represent three Notre Dame Colleges and Schools, including Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science.…

ESTEEM is...

I definitely wasn’t alone in having some trouble explaining to family members, friends, and potential employers exactly what Notre Dame’s ESTEEM program really was. Thanks to a rather misleading acronym, the Master’s program invoked a whole lot of “huhs?” from curious individuals (whose guesses ranged from “is it like an MBA?” to “are you in a self-help program?”). Though by the end of the first semester I had developed a quick, cohesive explanation to describe the technology commercialization aspect of the program, I always felt that my elevator pitch was quite wanting. How do you pack eleven months of hard work, friendships, opportunities and emotions into a thirty second spiel? Entrepreneurship curriculum aside, here would be my shortlist of the elements that make ESTEEM, ESTEEM:…

Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Mark Bourgeois

Mark Bourgeois has pursued both engineering and philosophy in alternating stages of his career. Now they’ve come together in the Technology and Ethics course he will teach to ESTEEM students, developed in part from a philosophy of technology undergraduate course that he teaches as a postdoctoral research associate in Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.…

My Week in ESTEEM -- Week 30

We enjoyed our final class on Wednesday the 4th of May and the very next day thesis defenses ended. Despite having spent time considering the past year’s journey, the end somehow managed to creep up on me. The final defense was followed by a get-together in the second floor conference room of Innovation Park. A mere 316 days prior the entire ESTEEM class gathered in the very same room for our welcoming dinner. Too often my heart sinks wondering how so many days have escaped me. Yet as I surveyed the room, I was met by sense of completeness; not of melancholic departure or finality but of pride and anticipation. I did not stay long in my moment of reflective reticence, there were manygoodbyes and a pending adventure begging my attention.…

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 28

Welcome back to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experiences in our program. This week's blog is brought to us by Csanad Egervari who is from Budapest, Hungary. Prior to joining ESTEEM, Csanad attended Pazmany Peter Catholic University in Budapest receiving both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

3 Ways ESTEEM Helped Prepare Me for The Startup Life

It can be a difficult decision to go back to school, especially when it will take time out of building your company.  The 12 months spent in ESTEEM, however, will save you countless days, hours, and even months of spinning your wheels without progress. 

Our Weekend at a Startup

Sunbeams danced across our faces as we began to rise and orient ourselves from our sleeping arrangements on the living room couches. There was a soft tap-tap-tap as fingers smoothly moved across keyboards. It was 8AM on a Saturday morning, and although we rose with the sun, the employees of Updown were already hard at work.…

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 25

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Welcome back to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experiences in our program. This week's blog is brought to us by Nadia Correa, a graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who discusses her first week back from Spring Break. If you wish to contact Nadia, you can email her at

Industry Sponsored Project: Unity Gardens

As our final semester is coming to a close and we are all in the midst of preparing for our final thesis defenses, I have begun to reflect back on this past year in the ESTEEM program. Especially as I prepare for my own thesis defense, I cannot believe how far my project has come since the beginning of the summer semester. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a thesis project that I can honestly say I am deeply passionate about. This opportunity was made possible because of the hard work and dedication of the ESTEEM staff members to ensure that each one of us found a project that was the right fit for our interests and backgrounds. …

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 24

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Welcome back to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experiences in our program. This week's blog is brought to us by Jenny Lardner, a graduate from Trinity College Dublin and one of this year's Naughton Fellows, who discusses her first week back from Spring Break. If you wish to contact Jenny, you can email her at

Meet Our Neighbors: Luma

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Gina and Scott Anderson started Luma in 2010 in order to introduce beautiful and brighter learning into the world of corporate training.  Combining Gina’s background in special education, her enthusiasm for helping people learn and accomplish, and Scott’s engineering expertise, the company was “built to deliver measurably better education outcomes” within the online learning industry.  Thinking like the entrepreneurs they are, the couple saw a need in corporate training, and knew that they could create a better product and provide better results using methods other than traditional face-to-face learning.…

A Journey

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"I slammed down on the brakes as the car in front of me came to a screeching halt, but nevertheless it was too late. The side of my car collided with the vehicle in front of me as I proceeded to lose control and spin across two lanes of the highway. Miraculously, no other cars hit me and I ended up in the brush to the side of the road. I got out of the car and just stood in shock; my cross-country trip had abruptly ended at an odometer reading of 4404 miles. Standing in the Arizona desert I did not know how to react. It was only with the help of a random passer by, Ashley, that I knew what to do. With her compassionate help, I was able to figure out how to get to a friend’s house in Phoenix. My trip had abrasively ended, but it was one I would never forget... "…

ESTEEM Student receives Fulbright Scholarship

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Genevieve Crum, who will graduate from the ESTEEM program in May, has received a scholarship from the International Fulbright Committee and the U.S. Department of State to study and conduct research in Italy for a year as a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholar. She will earn a master’s degree in gastronomy at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in northern Italy starting in September and spend four months as an intern or researcher after the eight-month program. Her focus is the slow food movement and the food industry in Italy. …