New Venture Launch Weekend 2018


Location: IDEA Center at Innovation Park (Notre Dame, 1400 E Angela Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617)

Have an idea but not sure how to get started? Come pitch your idea and learn through the experiencing of launching! Don't yet have your own idea? Come surround yourself with smart people who share your passion for startups!

Launch Weekend is designed to get aspiring entrepreneurs going FAST: participants will pitch startup ideas, form teams and connect with the right people to move these ideas forward over the course of 24 hours. Learning how to create real companies, meet outstanding mentors and connect with amazing launch resources! Come prepared to pitch your own idea, or ready to support someone else's idea--experience the world of startups! Teams will pitch to a distinguished panel of judges on Saturday evening to determine the winners of $2,000 in cash prizes!

Friday, October 5th

  • 4:30 pm: Registration Begins
  • 5:00 pm: Introduction to Validation Roadmap and Idea Pitches
  • 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm: Validation Working Time

Saturday, October 6th

  • 7:00 am - 3:00 pm: Validation Working Time Continues with Regular Check-In's with Launch Weekend Staff
  • 3:00 pm: Pitch Creations
  • 5:00 pm: Pitch Competition 

Open to all current Notre Dame students, local college students and members of the South Bend - Elkhart community. No charge for participation! All meals and snacks will be provided: Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and more!