Many students come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. They are fascinated and passionate about science or engineering while yearning to put their learning into action with the tools of business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It is not unusual for ESTEEM graduates to leave the program throwing around words like “transformed”, “confident”, “problem solver”, and “entrepreneur” to describe themselves. ESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to become leaders in their chosen fields. Our alums include Janaee Wallace (2016), Karl de Zoeten (2017), Ralph Hayyat (2017), EB Conklin Reyes (2018), and Valeria Gonzalez (2018) from St. Edward’s University.
Thanks to the support of Professor Alvarado, Dr. Altounian and a new leadership team in the Student Entrepreneurship Club, The Bill Munday School of Business is working on an enhanced pitch and business plan competition.
Now under one brand, the iChallenge on the Hilltop will include the:
- Ideas for Innovation Competition on November 8th in Mabee Ballrooms A & B
- Business Plan Competition on March 25th at Google Fiber
The competition welcomes St. Edward’s University students from all majors with innovative concepts. Ideas can take the form of a new for-profit or non-profit business, app, product or service.
What will students gain from participating in the iChallenge on the Hilltop? They will:
- Learn how to turn their innovative idea into an opportunity
- Pitch their concept to Austin business leaders
- Partner with faculty and business mentors to develop a plan
- Gain an understanding of how to attract business investors
- Compete for prizes
The Bill Munday School of Business is also hosting a kickoff event to discuss the application, timeline and requirements with students:
Monday, October 3 | Mabee Ballrooms A & B | 6:30 p.m.
Additional details on the competition is available on our website at www.stedwards.edu/business/events, and attached is a flyer to share with students.
Thank you so much for supporting our iChallenge on the Hilltop competition. Please reach out if you have any questions.
Outreach Coordinator, The Bill Munday School of Business
Note from NSCI Dean: an NSCI student won a previous incarnation of this competition:
The MSB is pleased to announce the winner of the 4th Annual iChallenge (Fall 2014) pitch competition…
Jana Soares, Biology major (senior)
This is a special year for the Annual iChallenge competition because we welcomed entrants from all SEU Schools (in the past it was only open to MSB students). The way the process works is that each student gets 3 minutes to pitch his or her entrepreneurial idea to a panel of judges from the Austin business community. Jana’s idea, Gravity Crystal, is an innovative design for laboratory goggles that incorporates google glass and allows for the scientist to be able to multi-task in the lab in an efficient yet protective manner.