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What Tech Incubators Are Missing

When we devised ESTEEM, our goal was to power the first stage of the entrepreneurial process. We asked: how can we help the engineers, scientists and mathematicians who might have the seed of a great idea but do not have the business training, experience, or blind luck required to differentiate the successful ideas from the flops?

ND Team Takes Top Prize in 2014 Cardinal Challenge

NanDio, a team of students from the University of Notre Dame - including ESTEEM Student Patrick Rice - took first place in the 2014 Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge held February 14-15 by the University of Louisville College of Business.

First-Time Entrepreneurs Often Mistake Concept and Business

The “entrepreneurial method” is not very different from the scientific method. Think about it.

With a lab experiment, you hypothesize. If the hypothesis fails to be proven true, you are forced back to the drawing board to start again. The process can require numerous false starts before it leads to any verifiable or useful conclusion.

Why You Would Rather Be an Intrapreneur

For a company like Google, who is more valuable: an intrapreneur, or an entrepreneur?  

An intrapreneur has more value because, assuming both innovators have stumbled upon the same rare discovery, a salaried professional costs much less than the acquisition of a startup, which can sell to the highest bidder.

Esteem Spotlight: Grad Secures Funding for Her Startup, Torigen

Taking a new technology to market is not easy, which is why we are proud to offer our congratulations to Ashley Kalinauskas, an ESTEEM graduate who recently took one more crucial step to fulfilling her commercialization plan for a new veterinary product. 

The idea for her startup, Torigen Pharmaceuticals, was based on proprietary research conducted by Notre Dame's own Dr. Mark Suckow. Kalinauskas and two other students consulted with Dr. Suckow in the generation of a plan to apply the research, first, as a veterinary vaccine for canine cancer, the team dubbed Vetivax

Why is the US So Far Behind on Data Security?

Residents of the United States are rightly worried about the dangers of identity theft and their credit or debit card falling into the wrong hands. What can be done about it in the wake of the Target and Neiman Marcus data thefts?