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About the Irish Entrepreneurs Network
  What is the Irish Entrepreneurs Network?
Overview
  Who are Irish Entrepreneurs Network?
Membership Requirements
  What can Irish Entrepreneurs Network do?
Membership Benefits
Other Membership Opportunities
Membership Terms and Privacy Policy

What is the Irish Entrepreneurs Network?
Overview
The Irish Entrepreneurs Network consists of a select group of Notre Dame alumni and friends having experience with entrepreneurial endeavors and a passion for supporting new venture development.

The mission of the Irish Entrepreneurs Network is two fold:

  1. To serve as a focal point for entrepreneurially-minded members of the Notre Dame family worldwide who are seeking information and assistance related to the creation and development of new business opportunities, and;
  2. To support the work of the Mendoza College of Business and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies by advising and mentoring Notre Dame students, and by helping these students to tap into the personal and professional networks that are essential for building successful new businesses.

Who are Irish Entrepreneurs Network?

Irish Entrepreneurs Network hail from all over the world and represent an enormous variety of industries, from healthcare and manufacturing to technology and finance. As a group, members possess a broad range of skills.

Among the ranks of Irish Entrepreneurs Network are senior executives, small-business owners, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, lawyers, bankers, engineers, scientists, performers, educators, and manufacturers. Despite their varied backgrounds and areas of expertise, they all have one thing in common: Notre Dame.

Membership Requirements
Membership in the Irish Entrepreneurs Network is by invitation only, based on the following criteria:
  • Entrepreneurial experience
    Irish Entrepreneurs Network members have experience in either starting or managing entrepreneurial-oriented ventures, or in supporting new business development in professional roles (venture capital fund manager, lawyer, banker, etc.).
  • Support for new venture development
    Irish Entrepreneurs Network members have and interest in supporting new venture development, and the capacity to assist with that development within the Notre Dame family.
  • Affiliation with Notre Dame
    Irish Entrepreneurs Network membership is typically limited to Notre Dame alumni, parents of alumni, faculty, staff, and other members of the Notre Dame family.
  • Accredited Investor Status
    The Irish Entrepreneurs Network is first and foremost an advising and mentoring body, not a group whose primary interests are related to early-stage investment. That said, a significant number of the Irish Entrepreneurs Network members are “Accredited Investors” as that term has been defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. (Click here to review details.) While Accredited Investor status is not required in order to be invited to be a member of the Irish Entrepreneurs Network, it may be among the factors to be considered when extending an invitation to join the Irish Entrepreneurs Network.
  • Accredited Investor Status
    We actively look for and solicit participation from individuals having professional expertise in areas where there is tending to be a great deal of entrepreneurial activity, or where indicators suggest that there will be good opportunities for entrepreneurial activity. Persons having specific industry expertise that they believe to be of value to existing or aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged to contact us and provide background information.
No membership fees are required to participate in the network.

What can Irish Entrepreneurs Network do?
Membership Benefits
Members of the Irish Entrepreneurs Network will receive the following benefits:
  • Listing in the Irish Entrepreneurs Network Membership Directory - The directory provides contact information and a profile of each member, including the individual's entrepreneurial experience and areas of business expertise. Access to this directory is strictly controlled by the Gigot Center and granted to Irish Entrepreneurs Network members and select university employees only.
  • Use of Irish Entrepreneurs Network.com - The Irish Entrepreneurs Network Web site is a forum for members of the community to communicate with each other to discuss business issues, potential investment opportunities, and other topics related to new venture development.
  • Invitation to Gigot Center events - Irish Entrepreneurs Network are invited to attend lectures, symposia, and other functions hosted by the Gigot Center, including the annual Business Plan Competitions, and entrepreneur “pitching sessions.”
  • Participation in the Irish Entrepreneurs Network LinkedIn page - Irish Entrepreneurs Network also have access to the private, dedicated LinkedIn page, through which they can exchange non-confidential information about Notre Dame business plans, investment opportunities, news, and other relevant information of mutual interest
  • Review business plans - Members have access to the Network's online posting feature, through which Notre Dame student, faculty and alumni entrepreneurs can submit plans for access to Irish Entrepreneurs Network advice, mentoring, and networking assistance. Irish Entrepreneurs Network members are free to pursue, in their individual capacities, investment opportunities in these ventures.
  • Support the Mendoza College of Business and its students - Irish Entrepreneurs Network members may choose to mentor Notre Dame students, sponsor internships, and participate in classroom lectures or special events. These personal interactions are invaluable to our students.
Membership Terms and Conditions
  1. Membership is nontransferable and can be cancelled by the Irish Entrepreneurs Network, the Gigot Center or the individual member at any time, for any or no reason, by providing written notification via e-mail or letter.
  2. Irish Entrepreneurs Network network materials and communication, including the membership directory, business plan summaries, and other information provided by the Gigot Center, are for the use of Irish Entrepreneurs Network members only, and may not be reviewed by or distributedto others without prior consent from the Gigot Center.
  3. All contact and personal information provided by members to the network will be kept strictly confidential and will not be released to anyone outside of the network without the member's consent.
  4. Neither the University of Notre Dame, nor the Mendoza College of Business, nor the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, nor any of their faculty, staff, or other employees bear any responsibility for the accuracy of any advice or information, either oral or written, that is communicated by above-referenced members of the University, Irish Entrepreneurs Network members, students, or any other parties participating in the Irish Entrepreneurs Network network to any other individual(s) or entity(ies), and shall have no liability for any such communications or the consequences thereof.
  5. No officer or representative of the University of Notre Dame, the Mendoza College of Business, or the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is authorized to provide any information to members of the Irish Entrepreneurs Network with respect to any business or joint venture other than information given to them by students, faculty, or alumni with the intent that it be forwarded to Irish Entrepreneurs Network members, and such information shall be forwarded without change, opinion, or recommendation.
  6. Neither the Irish Entrepreneurs Network, nor the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, nor the University of Notre Dame, nor the Mendoza College of Business is a registered broker/dealer or investment advisor.
  7. Neither the University of Notre Dame, nor the Mendoza College of Business, nor the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, nor any of one of these entities has given or will give any opinion or recommendation as to the advisability or suitability of investing in any of the businesses or ventures supported by Irish Entrepreneurs Network.
  8. Any investment negotiations shall be between the individual Irish Entrepreneurs Network members and such businesses or ventures, without any participation or involvement by the Gigot Center, the Irish Entrepreneurs Network as a group, the Mendoza College of Business, or the University of Notre Dame.
  9. The Irish Entrepreneurs Network, the Gigot Center, the University of Notre Dame and the Mendoza College of Business disclaim any responsibility for any decision on the part of members of Irish Entrepreneurs Network or any other persons to invest in any such business or venture.
  10. This information does not constitute an offer to sell equity interests in any of the businesses or ventures supported by the Irish Entrepreneurs Network. Any such offers or information relating to any such business or venture will be provided by such business or venture to any of the individual members of the Irish Entrepreneurs Network network who requests it, at the business’ or venture’s sole discretion and responsibility.
  11. The University of Notre Dame, the Mendoza College of Business, the Gigot Center and the Irish Entrepreneurs Network take no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any such offers or information provided by or about businesses or ventures to the Irish Entrepreneurs Network or to any member thereof. Investing in early stage private companies involves a high degree of risk. Members of Irish Entrepreneurs Network are solely responsible for performing their own due diligence investigation on prospective companies prior to investment. Members are encouraged to consult their own attorneys, accountants, investment advisors and other professional advisors when considering private investments.
 
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