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The Thesis Experience: An Inside Look

One of the most daunting moments of the ESTEEM program was when Lynette, our thesis advisor, showed us example theses from prior classes. She had described the required five chapters plus business plan and financial workbook, but seeing the stack of papers was quite a shock. I had written a 30-page thesis in college, but each chapter in the ESTEEM examples was that long or more. At least we had nearly a year to do it; I needed to relax and take it one step at a time.…

ESTEEM Spin-Off enFocus Continues to Impact & Grow

The enFocus initiative, a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and South Bend business and civic leaders launched in 2012 with seven ESTEEM graduates, has expanded its participant and sponsor base while establishing a sustainable, replicable business model. Four of the original participants stayed for the program’s second year, and one was hired by the City of South Bend.…

Student Spotlight: Lucy Driscoll

 Lucy Driscoll became interested in medical devices during her senior year at Notre Dame, where she graduated in 2013 with a degree in mechanical engineering. She joined the ESTEEM Class of 2014, where she works with mentor Diane Wagner, an Associate Professional Specialist in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, on a strategy to strengthen joint cartilage and relieve arthritis pain.…

Immigrants as Entrepreneurs: US Policy Could Have Substantial Impact

A Kauffman Foundation report estimates that a startup visa for immigrant entrepreneurs could create between 500,000 and 1.5 million jobs or more. Several proposals in Congress would make it easier for people from other countries to start business in the United States. Other nations, including Canada and New Zealand, have already adopted such policies.…

US Widely Viewed as Entrepreneurial Leader - But Could Do Better

Entrepreneurship is a global phenomenon, but it is developing differently in different nations. The United States is the world leader in entrepreneurship by most measures, although not all, and Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) rates in the United States have rebounded vigorously since the economic downtown.…

Using Entrepreneurship to Solve the World's Big Problems

Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Program equips students not only with technical, entrepreneurial, and business skills but also with a vision for applying their expertise to solve big problems and make a positive impact on the world. ESTEEM Director David Murphy highlighted that dimension in his remarks at the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2013.

The McCloskey Business Plan Competition - a Valuable Learning Experience

Amanda Miller is a member of the ESTEEM Class of 2014.

Around mid-August 2013, the McCloskey Business Plan Competition became a frequent topic of conversation among the ESTEEM students. Our class would talk about whether we were going to enter our thesis project, what other ideas we might enter, and who wanted to join what team. By mid-October, 16 of our 23-member class were busy working on the Round 1 Plans, with four students working on two teams. I worked on two teams – South Bend Student Housing with ESTEEM classmates, and Imani Health, my thesis project, with MBAs and a student who worked on the technology development.…

Pasteurs Quadrant: Research for the Common Good

Researchers are always on a search for new knowledge, but they may have different aims that lead them to choose different kinds of research questions. Donald E. Stokes’ book Pasteur’s Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovation, published in 1997, describes four ways that the desire for fundamental understanding and the desire for commercial application can guide research.…

Entrepreneurial Speed Dating: Seven Teams Form on Startup Weekend

Shaylyn Sikorski led a team of ESTEEM students who organized the Startup Weekend.

Notre Dame’s third annual Startup Weekend, April 4-6, kicked off with a fun night of meeting new people and pitching new ideas.  Attendees had the opportunity to listen to Dennis Boyle, a Notre Dame grad and co-founder of IDEO, speak on design thinking and how to design products and create businesses to meet the customer’s needs.  We heard pitches from 18 people, and by the end of the night seven teams had formed to continue working throughout the weekend.…

What's the Difference Between a Not-for-Profit and a B-Corps?

In the ESTEEM Program we speak of being a Masters with a Mission – a mission to benefit the common good not just celebrate individual success.  As such we often speak about how businesses can incorporate – and how they can provide positive social impact for all.  Below is a reflection on two strategies and how both can serve as a benefit to the community.

ESTEEM Students Taking Idea from Concept to Commercialization

Daniel Collins, a native of Ireland with a physics degree from Trinity College in Dublin, dreamed up FitPetz last fall in order to participate in the Mendoza College of Business’s Ideas Challenge. Now the application, aimed at motivating children to more active play by linking it to their favorite videogames, is on the way to commercialization.…

ESTEEM Students Headed to McCloskey

Four members of the ESTEEM Class of 2014 are participating in the McCloskey Business Plan Competition that will be held at Notre Dame on April 10-12. Finn Pegler and Daniel Collins are presenting their project called FitPetz, Patrick Rice is on a team that is presenting NanDio, and Amanda Miller is on a team that is presenting Imani Health. The teams are among 12 that will present at the competition’s semifinals on April 10.…

The Rapidly Growing Field of International Entrepreneurship

Thousands of people from more than 150 countries attended the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) March 17-20 in Moscow, another sign that entrepreneurship is an international movement in an increasingly connected world.

“The summit continued the conversation about smarter policymaking started at last year’s GEC and explored topics such as Entrepreneurial City Leaders, Championing Legislation for Early Stage Capital and Moving Toward Evidence-Based Policymaking,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of Global Entrepreneurship Week. “This year’s GEC marks the first time that the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) convened. Announced during last October’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur, GERN was formed to fill the gaps in entrepreneurial research as we move towards having more robust discipline towards helping entrepreneurs.”…

Innovation Key to Economic Development

In 2007, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Science, and the Institute of Medicine agreed in Rising Above the Gathering Storm: “….the biggest concern is that our competitive advantage, our success in the global markets, our economic growth, and our standard of living all depend on maintaining a leading position in science, technology and innovation. As that lead shrinks, we risk losing the advantages on which our economy depends.” Innovation has become only more important as a result of the economic downturn since that observation.…

Class Holds First-Ever ESTEEM Formal

Ciaran Murphy is a current ESTEEM Student and Naughton Fellow hailing from County Cork, Ireland.  Ciaran was instrumental in planning and organizing not only the spring break trip to Silicon Valley but also the ESTEEM Formal held this past Saturday, March 29.  Here are his reflections on this historic event.

Student Spotlight: Hana Zeidenberg

For Hanako Zeidenberg, ESTEEM was the obvious next step. Zeidenberg, who worked in environmental consulting in California after graduating from UC-Davis with degrees in chemistry and biochemical engineering, had just completed a post-baccalaureate course at Tufts University when her husband accepted a faculty job in the Department of Chemistry at Notre Dame. ESTEEM offered an opportunity to complete her master’s in less than a year, with the breadth of courses that could accelerate her career.…