Our Weekend at a Startup

Sunbeams danced across our faces as we began to rise and orient ourselves from our sleeping arrangements on the living room couches. There was a soft tap-tap-tap as fingers smoothly moved across keyboards. It was 8AM on a Saturday morning, and although we rose with the sun, the employees of Updown were already hard at work.…

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 25


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 Nadia Correa, a graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who discusses her first week back from Spring Break. If you wish to contact Nadia, you can email her at

Industry Sponsored Project: Unity Gardens

As our final semester is coming to a close and we are all in the midst of preparing for our final thesis defenses, I have begun to reflect back on this past year in the ESTEEM program. Especially as I prepare for my own thesis defense, I cannot believe how far my project has come since the beginning of the summer semester. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a thesis project that I can honestly say I am deeply passionate about. This opportunity was made possible because of the hard work and dedication of the ESTEEM staff members to ensure that each one of us found a project that was the right fit for our interests and backgrounds. …

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 24


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 Jenny Lardner, a graduate from Trinity College Dublin and one of this year's Naughton Fellows, who discusses her first week back from Spring Break. If you wish to contact Jenny, you can email her at

Meet Our Neighbors: Luma



Gina and Scott Anderson started Luma in 2010 in order to introduce beautiful and brighter learning into the world of corporate training.  Combining Gina’s background in special education, her enthusiasm for helping people learn and accomplish, and Scott’s engineering expertise, the company was “built to deliver measurably better education outcomes” within the online learning industry.  Thinking like the entrepreneurs they are, the couple saw a need in corporate training, and knew that they could create a better product and provide better results using methods other than traditional face-to-face learning.…

A Journey


"I slammed down on the brakes as the car in front of me came to a screeching halt, but nevertheless it was too late. The side of my car collided with the vehicle in front of me as I proceeded to lose control and spin across two lanes of the highway. Miraculously, no other cars hit me and I ended up in the brush to the side of the road. I got out of the car and just stood in shock; my cross-country trip had abruptly ended at an odometer reading of 4404 miles. Standing in the Arizona desert I did not know how to react. It was only with the help of a random passer by, Ashley, that I knew what to do. With her compassionate help, I was able to figure out how to get to a friend’s house in Phoenix. My trip had abrasively ended, but it was one I would never forget... "…

ESTEEM Student receives Fulbright Scholarship


Genevieve Crum, who will graduate from the ESTEEM program in May, has received a scholarship from the International Fulbright Committee and the U.S. Department of State to study and conduct research in Italy for a year as a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholar. She will earn a master’s degree in gastronomy at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in northern Italy starting in September and spend four months as an intern or researcher after the eight-month program. Her focus is the slow food movement and the food industry in Italy. …

ESTEEM Program Inspires Arts and Letters Majors to be Innovative Entrepreneurs


Take the skills liberal arts majors already have — analysis, communication, creative collaboration, critical thinking. Now add intensive training in business and entrepreneurship. That’s a recipe for success, according to College of Arts and Letters alumni who have gone on to Notre Dame’s Engineering, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s program (ESTEEM). The 11-month professional master’s degree program has primarily trained students with STEM backgrounds in business and entrepreneurship to spur the launch of startup companies. It is now also actively recruiting Arts and Letters majors.

Last Day in Silicon Valley & The Trip Home

Hard to believe we’re back in South Bend already.

The Hotel Aria Palo Alto

Friday was our last day in the rainy Silicon Valley. Last continental breakfast at the quaint Hotel Aria in Mountain View. Last haphazard piling into rented minivans. Last opportunity to cull as much insight about innovation from the hustlers, hackers, and hipsters here in the Valley leading the way into a very brave, new world. …

ESTEEM Students Plan Successful Startup Weekend

Current Student, Stephen Ennis reflects upon another well-planned and executed Startup Weekend powered by ESTEEM.

IDEO co-founder, Dennis Boyle, sits with students as they generate ideas

Ask a dozen people for the meaning of entrepreneurship and you’d be fortunate to converge on a single definition. Entrepreneurship gracefully and subtly side steps a definite form. Whatever your view of entrepreneurship, have no doubt, it was alive and well in Innovation Park during Startup Weekend 2016. For 54 hours on the super bowl weekend, Innovation Park was abuzz with an atmosphere of innovation, initiative and collaboration. Want to see entrepreneurship in the wild? Look no further than Startup Weekend.…

Day 4 in the Valley

After our day on Wednesday shadowing different people and visiting San Francisco, Thursday was a return to the non-stop schedule we had seen on Monday and Tuesday. We started the day off with a visit to Intersect ENT, a company based around the development of a solution for improving sinus pressure relief for patients after sinus surgery through the use of a small, dissolvable implant. After a brief presentation from CEO and President, Lisa Earnhardt, we had a brief Q&A with their research and development team followed by a tour of their facilities. We were able to see first-hand how their product was manufactured and packaged along with getting an idea of their overall business.…

Day 2 in the Valley

Today we ESTEEMers did what we do best… PITCH & NETWORK! Day 2 in the Valley was yet another success.

Day 1 in the Valley

With all the excitement leading up to Spring Break, it was hard to believe that it was finally here. Day 1 was full of fantastic speakers and networking opportunities- a great way to start #sbtakessv!