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Faculty Spotlight: Lawrence Greenspun

Just before they graduate, ESTEEM students get an in-depth look at leadership and decide what kind of leader they want to be. Lawrence Greenspun, an Adjunct Assistant Professional Specialist teaches a one-credit course on Leadership that includes theories, profiles, Harvard Business School cases a survey of literature from the field of effective leadership, and in-person examples to provide material for students to define their own leadership strategies.…

University Research Project: Addressing Social Anxiety in Autistic Children

Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder often have difficulty with social interactions. Research has shown that their social behavior can improve when they are exposed to pleasurable social engagements on a consistent basis. Much research still needs to be done in order to measure effective intervention. Not only is the wellbeing of the child affected due to limited and/or stressful social interactions, there is also sufficient impact on the mental wellbeing of parents with an autistic child as they often recognize their child’s restricted personal connection with others and perceived social limitations.…

My Week in ESTEEM: September 5 - 9

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After a disheartening result against UT, work in ESTEEM began again in earnest. While Consulting week had come and gone, career week had us suited from the get go. Starting off the week with Prof. Kitz and learning about the inner workings of the marketing world, refreshing our knowledge of consulting frameworks, and realising the existence of traumatic 'dog-o-matic' washing machines, all augured well for an interesting few days.…

Alumni Spotlight: Annie Kotz

When Annie Kotz was taking her first accounting course in ESTEEM, she wondered, like many math students, how this would help her in the future. Now she does end-of-month accounting for the startup where she works in Houston.

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When a colleague at PROS left to start Sycamore Life Sciences, a lab supplies distributor, Kotz became the first employee, starting with multiple responsibilities and specializing in marketing strategy as the company has grown. “We’re really focused on e-commerce,” she says. “We’re trying to figure out how to get into that market.”When she graduated, Kotz went to work for PROS, a decades-old software company in Houston that had started in airline revenue management software and expanded into pricing optimization software for manufacturers and distributors. She worked for about two years as an implementation consultant for medical device manufacturing companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Zimmer, then two more years in product management with development teams, sales teams, and strategic innovation teams to ensure the sustained sales of established products as well as the introduction of new products for large companies with large product portfolios.Kotz, who earned a science-business degree at Notre Dame and joined ESTEEM in 2011, worked as a marketing intern for F Cubed in Innovation Park while she was developing her capstone thesis on a microfluidic testing platform with Professor Hsueh-Chia Chang of the Department of Chemical Engineering. “It was a great experience,” she says. “I had classes at Innovation Park, so I would just walk across the hall and work there too.”…

Announcing the New Venture Founders Program

I’m really excited to introduce the Venture Founders Program, a brand new partnership between the University of Notre Dame's ESTEEM Program and enFocus of South Bend.

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Stemming from the extensive experience with young, aspiring entrepreneurs of the Program partners, the Program is built on the belief that talented people will start impactful ventures in South Bend if:…

Alumni Spotlight: Arturo “A.J.” Tablada

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Arturo “A.J.” Tablada, who earned a degree in science-business with a minor in theology at the University of Notre Dame before he joined the ESTEEM Class of 2015, is putting his entrepreneurial skills to work for his nonprofit startup, St. Michael’s Angels ™. St. Michael’s Angels ™, a Christian nonprofit organization, provides individuals undergoing hospitalization the gift of a loving presence ™. Following a period of discernment, Tablada noticed the extent of the problem of patients without visitors after spending time with a family member in a local hospital. He raised $10,000 in a recent fundraising campaign for the nonprofit, including a matching grant from the Knight Foundation that recognized the group among the top 20 social entrepreneurs in South Florida as a part of the Create Miami initiative. …

My Week in ESTEEM -- Fall Semester, Week 1

Our “syllabus week” was a nice transition back to the academic setting as most of the week was introductory lectures for our current classes and touching base with our thesis advisors. Our fall semester will be very paced as our ESTEEM classes are modules that last half of the semester before a new module begins.

Faculty Spotlight: Gale Bowman

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Gale Bowman, the Managing Director of the IrishAngels investors group, shares her expertise with ESTEEM students in a class on early stage financing. Students hear a series of five lectures and also complete final projects based on real-life companies that they select at the beginning of their time in the ESTEEM program. …

Faculty Spotlight -- 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 -- Michael Kitz

Michael Kitz, who earned dual degrees in engineering and theology at Notre Dame in 1985, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, spent more than two decades in industry, focused on product development, marketing, and management. His globetrotting career included years at Procter & Gamble, Motorola, Honeywell, Chrysler, Goodyear Tire, and OfficeMax, where he was chief marketing officer, head of product development, and leader of a large sourcing operation in China.…

2016 Naughton Fellowship Awardees Announced

Twenty-one students have been announced as awardees of the Naughton Fellowships for 2016. The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. students from the University of Notre Dame and from four universities in Ireland. This year’s winners from Notre Dame represent three Notre Dame Colleges and Schools, including Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science.…

ESTEEM is...

I definitely wasn’t alone in having some trouble explaining to family members, friends, and potential employers exactly what Notre Dame’s ESTEEM program really was. Thanks to a rather misleading acronym, the Master’s program invoked a whole lot of “huhs?” from curious individuals (whose guesses ranged from “is it like an MBA?” to “are you in a self-help program?”). Though by the end of the first semester I had developed a quick, cohesive explanation to describe the technology commercialization aspect of the program, I always felt that my elevator pitch was quite wanting. How do you pack eleven months of hard work, friendships, opportunities and emotions into a thirty second spiel? Entrepreneurship curriculum aside, here would be my shortlist of the elements that make ESTEEM, ESTEEM:…

Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Mark Bourgeois

Mark Bourgeois has pursued both engineering and philosophy in alternating stages of his career. Now they’ve come together in the Technology and Ethics course he will teach to ESTEEM students, developed in part from a philosophy of technology undergraduate course that he teaches as a postdoctoral research associate in Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.…

My Week in ESTEEM -- Week 30

We enjoyed our final class on Wednesday the 4th of May and the very next day thesis defenses ended. Despite having spent time considering the past year’s journey, the end somehow managed to creep up on me. The final defense was followed by a get-together in the second floor conference room of Innovation Park. A mere 316 days prior the entire ESTEEM class gathered in the very same room for our welcoming dinner. Too often my heart sinks wondering how so many days have escaped me. Yet as I surveyed the room, I was met by sense of completeness; not of melancholic departure or finality but of pride and anticipation. I did not stay long in my moment of reflective reticence, there were manygoodbyes and a pending adventure begging my attention.…

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 28

Welcome back to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experiences in our program. This week's blog is brought to us by Csanad Egervari who is from Budapest, Hungary. Prior to joining ESTEEM, Csanad attended Pazmany Peter Catholic University in Budapest receiving both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

3 Ways ESTEEM Helped Prepare Me for The Startup Life

It can be a difficult decision to go back to school, especially when it will take time out of building your company.  The 12 months spent in ESTEEM, however, will save you countless days, hours, and even months of spinning your wheels without progress.