Entries are being accepted until Oct. 15 (Friday) for three business plan competitions organized by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame.p. The fifth annual McCloskey Notre Dame Business Plan Competition is for new ventures that have not yet been launched or are in their earliest stages. The grand prize is $15,000, and up to $24,000 in prize money will be awarded.p. The Social Venture Plan Competition is designed for business initiatives that have a social mission or purpose and includes more than $5,000 in total prize money.p. The Dorothy Dolphin Family Business Plan Competition rewards family business planning efforts. At least $7,000 in prize money will be awarded.p. All entries must include participation by at least one full-time Notre Dame student or a graduate of the University. Presentations by finalists and an announcement of the winning entries for all three competitions will take place April 29 in ceremonies at Notre Dames Mendoza College of Business.p. For more information, contact the Gigot Center at 574-631-3042 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms and competition guidelines are available on the Web at http://gigot.nd.edu p. p.