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Collaborating with the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame and the historical city of South Bend, the leading minds of the area are joined together in a common effort at Startup Weekend Notre Dame.

The 54-hour event is a one of a kind weekend where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Thanks to a special offer from MOO, Startup Weekend attendees can order FREE branded business cards and MiniCards!

Startup Weekend Notre Dame will be held April 4-6. Sign up early and save 25%!

Our Facilitator: Anna Curran


Anna Curran is the founder of a print-on-demand startup an easy to use tool to make your own custom cookbooks. Prior to founding her startup, she was selected by Startup Weekend as the New York co-founder of the pilot program called The Startup Foundation sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation.

Past client work as a digital strategist includes Lama Surya Das, a national best selling Tibetan Buddhist author; America: Now and Here, a cross-country journey of art and artists with Eric Fischl, Paul Simon and Chuck Close; and Personal democracy Forum— the leading conference on politics and technology. She is formally trained artist, printmaker, and dancer.

Anna is a Pipeline Fellow in the 2012 New York cohort and is the founder of Startup Weekend’s Partnership Series that brings together Fortune 500 companies who want to collaborate with startups. You can keep up with her on Twitter @AnnaCurran.



Apr 4
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers - Dennis Boyle
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 5
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch and speaker
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
  • Meet and greet panel


Apr 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Judging and awards
  • Dinner
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Dennis Boyle

Partner and Founding Member, IDEO

Dennis Boyle is a Partner and one of the founding members of IDEO. Over the course of his career, Dennis has worked as a design engineer, project leader, business relationship leader, studio leader and practice leader. He has helped to build and nurture many long-term key client relationships including Silicon Valley technology companies, Fortune 100 consumer product companies, and healthcare companies. Throughout the course of his work at IDEO, Dennis has been named on over fifty patents. Dennis now helps to guide the Health and Wellness business at IDEO, which does a range of innovation work for clients spanning medical products and consumer health design to strategic programs to find ways to promote healthy living through products, lifestyles and behaviors.

Dennis helped in the development of IDEO’s approach to teaching the process of design thinking in workshops. He is originator of the TechBox at IDEO, a collection of materials, components, and products used in creative problem-solving, research, and in communication inside and outside the company.
Dennis has an appointment as a consulting assistant professor in the Stanford Design Division. Courses that he has helped to lead include Product Design, Engineering Design, Human Factors, Design for Sustainability and Creativity and Innovation. He has recently started and is teaching the course “Design for Better Health” in the Stanford This is a course that draws students from each of the university’s graduate schools. These students are put on teams that work directly with individual patients to promote healthy behaviors in order to avoid long term chronic illness. Dennis has also helped in the formation of a number of after-school programs to enable high school and grade school students to experience and solve engineering problems through hands-on design thinking projects including the “Tech Challenge” for the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

Dennis holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Industrial Design from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in Product Design from Stanford.

Dennis is married to Peggy Burke, the founder of 1185 Design, has two sons and lives in Palo Alto, CA.

George Page Jr.

Owner of PortAPure

George Page has a decade of water filtration experience running two of the world’s largest water treatment facilities in Chicago. Prior to that he served as Regional Plant Supervisor for National Starch & Chemical Plant with direct supervision of 9 employees and annual gross sales volume of $10 million. Before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Page worked on the prototype for the Mars Pathfinder, which was launched by NASA in 1997.


David Brenner

President and CEO of Innovation Park

Dave Brenner brings 30 years of experience in leading successful start-up companies, acquisitions, and partnerships. His background includes founding and serving as managing partner of IdeaWorks, an incubator and accelerator firm in Grand Rapids, Mich., that helps early-stage entrepreneurs transform innovative ideas—especially those related to technology or medical or consumer products—into marketable enterprises. Prior to IdeaWorks, Dave worked for Amway Corp., the last two years as founder and president of Amway Ventures, Inc., which developed and rolled out independent business ventures. His professional experience also includes management positions at Kelloggs, Johnson and Johnson, and Procter and Gamble. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and has been active with Notre Dame's IrishAngels network since its inception in 2000. He has also taught entrepreneurship classes in the Mendoza College of Business since 2005.

Mike Vogel

Entrepreneur in Residence

Michael Vogel is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence in The Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. His prior experience includes Chairman of Board of KidsPeace, Executive Vice President ACCO North America, President of Day-Timer, President of Acme Boot Company, and President of Jarman Shoes.

David Murphy

Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship, Director of the ESTEEM Graduate Program, University of Notre Dame   |   LinkedInGoogle+

David Murphy is currently the Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship and Director of the ESTEEM (Engineering, Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s) Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame, having assumed these responsibilities in November of 2011. ESTEEM is the first interdisciplinary, intercollege graduate degree program in the history of the University of Notre Dame.
Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, David helped launch and then lead Better World Books (as President and CEO from inception to July, 2011), a global bookstore that harnesses the power of capitalism to bring literacy and opportunity to people around the world. An award-winning social entrepreneurship venture, Better World Books ( benefits thousands of charities and libraries here in the United States and around the world.
Under Murphy’s leadership, the Company (where he is still an active member of the Board), scaled to a profitable, self-sustaining for-profit social enterprise with over $60M in annual revenue, over 400 employees, operations in the US and in the UK, processing over 225,000 books per day, selling over 20,000 books per day, inventorying over five (5) million used books under roof, and becoming one of the top three online sellers of used books in the world (having sold over 30 million books in its nine year history). Better World Books is representative of a new kind of organization whose fundamental business model is designed… and ultimately scaled… to drive meaningful social and environmental impact, to promote the common good. To this end, Better World Books has:
• Contributed $14M to non-profit partners who work in literacy and education, including libraries.
• Donated over 8M books to non-profit partners
• Re-used or recycled more than 125M pounds of books, keeping them out of landfills
• Received numerous awards for its environmental impact, notable distinction from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) including winning the WasteWise Small Business Partner of the Year Award in 2011
Prior to Better World Books, Murphy worked for over twenty years in corporate finance, operations and mergers and acquisitions with firms such as International Paper Company, The First Boston Corporation, Hutchison SA (multi-billion $ French subsidiary of the Total Energy Group) and Transcend Services, Inc. He has also developed three start-up companies and joined three others in their infancy…..and brought significant growth and scale to each. He has raised more than $85M in capital to build and scale multiple organizations in the manufacturing, healthcare services, technology and online retail sectors.
David received his undergraduate degree (B.A. with high honors, Economics) from the University of Notre Dame and his graduate degree (MBA) from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
David serves on multiple Boards and Advisory Councils and is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2012.
He was also a Southeastern Regional Finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011.
David has been married to Mary Elizabeth Barrett Murphy (also a graduate of the University of Notre Dame) for 30 years and they have three grown children and two grandchildren.


Les Ivie

President and CEO, F Cubed

Les Ivie is President, CEO, and a founding member of F Cubed, LLC ("F3"). He was also founder and Chief Operating Officer of Gas Clip Technologies, Inc. Prior to founding F3, he was Chief Technology Officer at Honeywell International. Mr. Ivie was instrumental in selling Zurich-based Zellweger Analytics AG to Honeywell international and the later purchase of First Technologies Plc by Honeywell International. He was also Senior Vice President / Chief Operating Officer of Zellweger Luwa AG in Switzerland after serving as Executive Vice President for Research and Development at Zellweger Uster AG in Switzerland. He served as a board member and later Chairman of the Board for Textillio AG, based in Zurich. Mr. Ivie held a variety of positions at United Technologies Corporation, including Director of the Escalator Business Unit for Otis Elevator Company. Mr. Ivie is graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Economics. In addition, he graduated the University of Denver with an M.B.A. Mr. Ivie holds patents for gas analyzer apparatus and methods of analyzing gases and is an inventor of several pending patents.

Sean Nugent

Owner, Consultant, and Research & Operations Executive

Dr. Nugent is currently the co-owner of iLAB Technical Facilities Solutions that provides laboratory design, planning, programming and consulting services. He is also a member of the board of management for Kalon Biotherapeutics that provides process development through GMP manufacturing of proteins, vaccines and other new biological entities. He is a former Vice President of Global Operations with Pfizer where he had operational responsibility for Pfizer’s R&D facilities worldwide. Prior to this he led the Global Strategic Facilities Planning (GSFP) focusing on improving Global Operation’s interactions with R&D line leaders, better understanding the utilization of laboratory space and capital planning. He was the co-lead on the development, implementation and progression of the Capital Asset Management Program (CAMP) that formalized and streamlined Pfizer R&D’s capital program.

Prior to joining Pfizer, Dr. Nugent held a number of senior research positions for Monsanto, Searle and Pharmacia. During his time at Monsanto and Searle, he was involved in the development and marketing of five compounds, all of which are on the market today - most notably Celebrex. He later joined Pharmacia’s Facilities and Operations group as the lead for Global Strategic Facilities Planning (GSFP).

In addition to writing numerous papers, Dr. Nugent has received many patents. He is a member of the American International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC). He is a formed Board Member, a Fellow and co-founder of the Health & Science Industrial Group for the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC).

Dr. Nugent received his undergraduate degree in Organic Chemistry from California State University in Los Angeles and a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Prof. Jesus A. Izaguirre

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Concurrent Associate Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics. Director, Computer-Assisted Molecular Design Core Facility. Founder and CEO, Oak Financial Software Corp.

Prof. Izaguirre has been at the Computer Science and Engineering
faculty at Notre Dame since 1999. His expertise includes developing
new algorithms for simulating protein folding and implementing them
using parallel computers, including massively parallel graphics cards
(GPUs). He also creates software for the Cloud and is a member of the
executive committee of Folding@home, the largest distributed
supercomputer in the world with over 130 thousand volunteer CPUs and
20 thousand volunteer GPUs. Prof. Izaguirre founded Oak Financial
Software Corp in 2012 and serves as its first CEO. Oak Financial
provides financial services to underserved populations in the Americas
at competitive prices using state-of-the-art technology: making
financial services easy, global, and mobile.

Jeffrey Bernel

Director, Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Jeffrey A. Bernel is actively involved in industrial real estate and new venture startup/turnaround investments in the United States and internationally. He has twelve years' experience in teaching and designing courses in management, strategy, entrepreneurship, and executive education for Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Bernel serves on the Mendoza Graduate Alumni Board and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Advisory Board, and is a former board member of numerous for profit and not-for-profit businesses. Bernel earned his EMBA degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. He was recognized as the 2002 Distinguished EMBA Alumni Award recipient.

Wendy Angst

Associate Professor, Managing Dept, Mendoza College of Business   |  

Wendy Angst is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Management Department of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on management, business problem solving, innovation and design, and commercialization analytics with special focus on entrepreneurship, intrapraneurship and social media.

Prior to joining Notre Dame, Angst served over a decade as one of the earliest champions and architects of the electronic personal health record (PHR), innovating the product to meet the demands of a complex industry with a variety of stakeholders. As CEO, Angst spearheaded the rapid growth of CapMed into a leading provider of interactive personal health management solutions for the healthcare, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries. She navigated CapMed through angel funding, spin-off, acquisitions, and merger – ultimately orchestrating integration of CapMed into the healthcare division of a multi-billion dollar financial services firm. Prior to CapMed, Angst worked as a consultant in strategy at both the national and international levels, and spent time as a national director of a non-profit organization.

Angst is a member of the Irish Angels – a network of Notre Dame affiliated individuals who seek to foster entrepreneurial activities. She also facilitates preseed workshops in the Michiana community to help facilitate economic growth, serves as a member of Memorial Health Systems Venture Center Entrepreneurial Edge (E²) group, and serves on the board of directors of the YWCA.

Doug Morrison

Entrepreneur and IPND Client

Jeffrey Kantor

Professor, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Kantor's work includes the analysis and optimization of integrated financial and process operations using methods of stochastic control, convex optimization, and quantitative finance.

Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame (1981-1986)
Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame (1986-1992)
Vice President & Associate Provost, University of Notre Dame (1996-2001)
Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, Dean of Graduate School, University of Notre Dame (2001-2006)
Professor, University of Notre Dame (1992-1996, 2006-present)

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