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ESTEEM Leads the Way in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Gregory P. Crawford is the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science and a Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame.

The graduation of this year’s ESTEEM class will mark the fifth anniversary of the Engineering, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters Program. ESTEEM developed as a collaboration among the Deans of the College of Science, the College of Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business. The program has had a direct impact on 120 students that it has equipped to be leading-edge entrepreneurs. It has also had a significant impact on the accelerating entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Notre Dame.…

First to File: Patent Law Changes Affects Entrepreneurship

A change last year in U.S. patent law may lead entrepreneurs to file for patent protection earlier. Effective March 16, 2013, the first inventor to file gains the right to the U.S. patent. In the past, the first person to invent – demonstrated by lab notebooks or other historical evidence – had the right.…

ESTEEM Startup South Bend Student Housing Taking Off

Six members of the ESTEEM Class of 2014 went out to do an assignment aimed at building their survey-taking skills last summer. They came back with a new business to help University of Notre Dame graduate students find local off-campus housing – South Bend Student Housing, LLC.

After conducting some 100 interviews with students, landlords, and University officials revealed the need, the students figured they could come up with the solution, said Sean Liebscher, a member of the team with Conor Hanley, Nathan Higgins, Amanda Miller, Eric Tilley, and Keith Marrero.…

ESTEEM Class Plans 3rd Annual Notre Dame Startup Weekend

The third annual Notre Dame Startup Weekend is April 4-6 at Innovation Park at Notre Dame. Organizers hope to attract at least 100 people, including about 40 to pitch new ideas. The 54-hour event includes talks by entrepreneurship experts and idea development by teams formed by participants on the spot.…

Business Model Canvas: Game Changer?

The Business Model Canvas, a rigorous, systematic early-stage approach to start-up exploration, can change the equation for innovators by revealing areas of real potential – or not – before significant expenditures of time and money. On-the-ground interviews with potential customers and others move the knowledge base beyond the guesswork of other business plan projections, says ESTEEM Assistant Director Sunny Shah.…

Spring Break in the Valley: Day 5

Esteem student Keith J. Marrero Jr. is providing daily updates of the Class of 2014 Spring Break Trip to Silicon Valley.

Google Ventures

Although Thursday was the shortest full day in terms of time commitments for the ESTEEM class, it was definitely the busiest. We started at 8 a.m. with a tour of the Google campus, where former ESTEEM student Joe Livingston showed us the site’s copious amenities and gave us an inside perspective on what life is like while working at Google. He then led us to Google Ventures, which provides seed, venture, and growth-stage funding for budding companies. There, product partner Rick Klau told us more about GV and the 225 companies where it has invested thus far. Just last year, GV was involved in three IPOs and ten acquisitions and shows no signs of slowing down.…

Spring Break in the Valley: Day 6

Esteem student Keith J. Marrero Jr. is providing daily updates of the Class of 2014 Spring Break Trip to Silicon Valley.

Friday morning brought us to SAP, which produces solutions for management and data analytics as well as cloud computing. Daniel T. Opine welcomed us and we listened to several speakers discuss SAP overall as well as SAP Ventures. Similar to Google, SAP has an entire business segment dedicated to investing in start-ups and helping them grow. We learned that SAP Ventures has invested in over 1,000 start-ups in 22 industries in 55 countries worldwide. This new segment also provides SAP with another window into innovation.…

Spring Break in the Valley: Day 4

Esteem student Keith J. Marrero Jr. is providing daily updates of the Class of 2014 Spring Break Trip to Silicon Valley.

Wednesday saw the ESTEEM class arise before dawn for a full day in the Valley. Our first stop was Buck's Woodside for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Despite appearances, this eatery is a major player in start-up culture. At this restaurant, major funding agreements were made for companies like Tesla, PayPal, and Netscape, to name a few. We met the owner, who spoke about some of his more memorable experiences there – including one that involved a Russian spacesuit.

Spring Break in the Valley: Day 3

Esteem student Keith J. Marrero Jr. is providing daily updates of the Class of 2014 Spring Break Trip to Silicon Valley.

Tuesday was job shadowing day for the ESTEEM class.  With our class scattered about the Valley, our schedules varied due to travel times, travel mode, and company policy.  I, along with Daniel Collins and Finn Pegler, traveled to Lemnos Labs in San Francisco.  Our day began before dawn as we were shuttled to downtown Mountain View to catch the 7:37 a.m. train into the city.  We arrived at our stop around 9 and found a local coffee shop to take in a bit of the neighborhood before officially beginning our day at Lemnos at 9:30.…

Spring Break in the Valley: Day 2

Esteem student Keith J. Marrero Jr. is providing daily updates of the Class of 2014 Spring Break Trip to Silicon Valley.

nest_gsv

Monday came with a more full schedule for the ESTEEM students. First thing in the morning, we traveled to NestGSV. The GSV stands for Global Silicon Valley – their goal is to bring the culture and attitude of Silicon Valley to other parts of the world. They serve as an incubator for companies both international and domestic, referring to themselves as an "eco-bator" because they bring together government, corporations, communities, and other entities to drive collaborative thinking and innovation. The founder and CEO, Mr. Kayvan Baroumand, along with COO Kathleen Policy, led us on a tour of the campus, which boasts large open collaborative spaces, a gym, and even a slide from the second floor to the first! We spent the majority of our day listening to different entrepreneurs share their experiences and bits of advice for our future endeavors.…

Spring Break in The Valley: Day 1

We all made our own separate ways out here and met up at the hotel in Mountain View, Calif., before heading out to dinner.  There we talked about our upcoming activities...

Occam’s Razor, Ergo, Social Entrepreneurship

Although more than 650 years have come and passed since William of Ockham published the “Razor,” the proof continues to hold sway over scientists, engineers, and designers who are developing new, predictive models. To this date, opting for...