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2017 McCloskey Business Plan Competition -- ESTEEM Award Winners

Last week four current ESTEEM students participated as finalists in the 2016-2017 McCloskey Business Plan Competition at the University of Notre Dame.  

These students reached the finals through a long process that began in October 2016 with over 130 teams submitting ideas to judges for Round 1.  Teams making it to Round 2 were submitted a business plan in February.  These were judged and semi-finalist teams were announced in mid-March.  Of these 20 semi-finalist teams, 8 included ESTEEM students.  

Sandbox Stories: Cole Cravath

Cravath Cole

Cole Cravath came to ESTEEM determined to seize every opportunity that came his way. With just a year in Notre Dame and South Bend, there is no time to procrastinate.

“What’s cool about ESTEEM is it’s kind of like all or nothing when you’re there,” says Cravath, who figures he missed opportunities as an undergraduate at Boston College because he put things off for senior year. “You’re part of it, and you’re given a lot of opportunities. Every time one of them crops up, I say, ‘I can either do this or not do this, but I’m not going to have an opportunity to do this in the future.’ I only have one opportunity to do this, and that’s now. I think that stems over into a lot of different sorts of activities, even small social engagements. There might be a networking event with just a few people from the community. I might have been tempted to stay home that night. Because I really have only that one year, I’m going to go.”