The Park provides entrepreneurial consulting and business networking opportunities to regional, domestic, and international clients. The 55,000 sq. foot main structure was completed in 2009, though the entire site is spread across 12 acres and accessible from the toll road in South Bend, Indiana. Businesses that take up residence have access to collaborative areas, conference rooms, and lab space.
Geared as an "engagement vehicle", facilities are shared though unique and in some cases would be too expensive or unrealistic for a single entity to maintain. Start-ups will find the tools necessary to convert ideas in the fields of pharmaceutical research, nanoelectrics, biomedicine, aerospace, and imaging to commercial viable projects.
Launched as an independent 501c3, the goal is to bridge to bridge the gap between the academic sphere and the professional business community. After seeing similar by other universities efforts take off statewide Notre Dame undertook this expansion to bolster their standing as a world class research university. This folks operating the Innovation Park are well qualified for the task with years of experiences to draw from to keep it first class.
Dave Brenner, the President and CEO, has 35 years in start-up culture experience. After graduating from Notre Dame he went on hold management positions at Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. He also founded IdeaWorks, a Michigan venture firm, and has been active with the Irish Angels since it began. Sound Qualified?
Theresa Sedlack, another Notre Dame graduate, teaches a MBA course on venture capital within the Mendoza College of Business and helped with the formation of the Irish Angels. She serves as the Private Sector Engagement Officer in the office. If your business wants to hit the ground running, this might be the place to start.
In addition, the City of South Bend has sponsored a sister project name Ignition Park. It serves as a landing point for those companies looking to make a move into the Michiana area or leaving the incubation period at Notre Dame facility.