Finalists announced for Notre Dame business plan competitions



On April 18, a new crop of entrepreneurs will learn if their business plans will get a boost of prize money from a University of Notre Dame competition.

Notre Dames Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies recently announced the 12 team finalists from among 39 semifinalists who will go on to compete in the centers two business plan competitions – the eighth annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition and the seventh annual Sustainable Social Venture Plan Competition.

Six teams will compete in each, with Notre Dame entrepreneurs and alumni serving as judges.Winners will be announced during the final event held at 1:30 p.m. Friday (April 18) in the Jordan Auditorium at the Mendoza College of Business.Prizes total more than $40,000.The event is free and open to the public.

This years ventures range from a paperless digital coupon distribution system to a filtering system that would provide clean drinking water in Tanzania.In the past, the competitions have contributed to the success of a number of businesses and nonprofits, including the Mishawaka-based bookseller, Better World Books, which now employs about 130 full-time workers.

More information about the competitions is available at .

_ Contact: Melissa Paulsen, program manager, 574-631-3042 or_ " "

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