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Design Entrepreneurship: Viewing the World Differently

Works-Like Prototype of Hanger

During the summer term, our Entrepreneurship Master’s Students had an opportunity to take a class from Art, Art History, and Design Professor Michael Elwell.  The course was called Design Entrepreneurship and was an accelerated look at a variety of techniques used to communicate design intent.  The six-week intensive course touched upon a broad range of topics including product development, user experience, works and looks-like prototyping, infographics, and design narrative.…

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 4

Welcome to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experience in the program.  This week's blog is brought to us by Mark Roche, a current Naughton fellow, who discusses the more networking opportunities, work on his thesis, a new volunteer opportunity, and two Irish victories!

Industry Sponsored Projects: Somni LLC

Over 50% of our students this year are working on Industry-Sponsored Projects.  This week's project is presented by Timothy Jacque, a recent graduate of Michigan State University. 

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My project is working with Somni LLC located in South Bend Indiana. Founded by a Notre Dame graduate, current student and professor, we are developing a digital platform to change sleep behavior for better health, learning, and performance. The platform is based on research done by Dr. Jessica Payne, Notre Dame professor and expert sleep neuroscientist. Using her work Somni is creating lecture based content to be distributed to members of the “Somni Community.” …

ESTEEM Director Tapped to Lead University's Involvement in White House Initiative

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ESTEEM Director David Murphy will lead Notre Dame’s commitment to a partnership between the University and the City of South Bend that is one of more than 20 such collaborations in the national MetroLab Network. Academic and city leaders announced the Network, part of the White House’s Smart Cities Initiative, on Sept. 14 in Washington. The initiative aims to boost cooperation between university researchers and civic officials in multiple cities that will identify common problems, plan projects and seek resources for solutions, and develop shared tools for scaling promising discoveries and deploying best practices.…

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 1

With the end of the fall semester’s syllabus week comes the onset of this semesters workload. Everyone is highly anticipating the year’s first football came against the University of Texas. It will surely be an exciting first game for those that have never experienced football at a university with as hailed of a program as Notre Dame’s.

Faculty Spotlight: Professor 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.…

Notre Dame-SAP Alliance Brings Data Home

Don Ginocchio, a 1981 Notre Dame graduate and employee of SAP, the global enterprise software firm, has worked at Innovation Park for the past year as the University and SAP seek innovative ways to use Big Data analytics. One partnership involves ESTEEM students’ work with Indiana state officials on traffic data that involves 160 million records of incidents across the state.…

Alum Creates Startup with Industry Sponsor

Kevin O’Keeffe, who earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at University College Cork in Ireland and worked in industry for a year before he joined ESTEEM’s Class of 2015, gained a broad business understanding and his dream job from the program. O’Keeffe is engineering lead for Slipstream, a startup company focused on sustainable power generation and storage.…

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.…

ESTEEM Alum Launched Second Startup in 5 Years

When he was an undergraduate mechanical engineering and industrial design major at Notre Dame, Will McLeod was already working in his basement on SmarterShade, a Smart glass that can switch between clear and opaque on command. His team was the first composed of undergraduates to win the McCloskey Business Plan Competition, and it won an NSF grant to take the concept to production.…