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ESTEEM Alum creates New Venture: DeluxeMaid

Finn Pegler, who graduated from ESTEEM in 2014, recently launched a startup in the South Bend area. Pegler, working remotely in London, opened DeluxeMaid (www.deluxemaid.com), a home cleaning service.

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“My thought process behind starting this business was as simple as: 1) Is there a market for the service 2) Can I create a better service than 99% of the providers in that market? and 3) Can I make this service a luxury that people can feel good about by incorporating the triple bottom line feel-good-factor?” he says. “For maid services, creating a better product meant increasing peace of mind and convenience for the consumer.…

SerendipitiBus: It was the Best of times, it was the Bus(t) of times

ESTEEM 2015 alum Michèal Lyne talks about the highlights of the bus adventure.  Michèal will be joining Deloitte in Houston in a few months.

Having completed our journey on the SerendipitiBus one question that everyone always asks us is what was our favourite moment or best destination of the trip. I thought I would delve into the highlights of the journey from my perspective and pick out a few times to illustrate what we got up to along the way.…

ESTEEM Hosts Career Panel Featuring Successful Alums

The following is a brief reflection by current student, Tim Jacque, about a panel held at Innovation Park on Friday, July 17, 2015

“Learn how to spin (ESTEEM) in a good way, 15 seconds of what we’re working on will go over their head, but that’s a good thing,” said program director David Murphy to the student audience. It was a Friday afternoon at Innovation Park in South Bend, Indiana and the students were gathered at tables listening to a panel of three alumni. The panel was discussing how their work in the ESTEEM program shaped their career through the resources at the University of Notre Dame.…

ESTEEM Alum and His Team Win at Civic Hackathon

Indianapolis native James Sallee was contemplating a career change from his six-year federal government job in Washington, D.C., last year when a notice about ESTEEM appeared in his inbox. He saw the opportunity to return to his roots and, having satisfied his interest in national security, pursue his twin interest in aerospace.…

Faculty Spotlight: Professor 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: Prof. Wendy Angst

Wendy Angst, who took a personal medical records business from startup to sale across more than a decade, has included ESTEEM students in her Commercialization Analytics course in the Mendoza College of Business since she started teaching at Notre Dame in 2011. This summer, she’s teaching Design Thinking in the ESTEEM program.…

The Serendipitibus: Six Things We Learned

ESTEEM 2015 alumn Rory Dunne gives his take on how taking on a bus renovation is similar to starting a company. Rory will be taking a job with Deloitte following his time on the “Serendipitibus”.

As with any entrepreneurial endeavor, this one began with the voicing of a crazy idea to some trusted confidants. On a summer break drive to a friend’s house, we were discussing the kinds of possibilities that might give us something to look forward to after the grueling demands of the Master’s program that lay ahead of us. A school bus passed us by and so the idea was born. Over the next year, we would buy and renovate a school bus into an RV so that we could see the United States.…