In fall 2012, 148 teams entered the 13th Annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition to compete for $300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. More than 700 members of the Notre Dame community served as mentors and judges for the contest, sponsored by the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship. After the final round of live competition on April 19, the winning ventures of the top prizes are:
McCloskey Grand Prize ($25,000):
Contect, an instantaneous, accurate concussion-assessment service designed to reduce incidences of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
McCloskey Runners-up ($5,000 to each):
Frameri, an online Rx eyeglass and sunglass company that focuses on affordable, fashion-forward designs for glasses with interchangeable frames.
Torigen Pharmaceuticals, a company formed around technology created at Notre Dame that consists of a model to develop a veterinary vaccine to combat adenocarcinoma-based cancers.
Klau Family Prize for Greatest Social Impact ($15,000):
Green Bridge, an urban aquaponics farm designed as a social enterprise to produce revenue and create jobs for highly capable young adults with autism in the South Bend community.