University of Notre Dame SIFE Team Wins Regional Competition

Author: Marissa Gebhard

On March 24, 2010, the inaugural University of Notre Dame SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team competed at the SIFE USA Regional Competition at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, where they were awarded both Rookie of the Year and Regional Champion (League #4) titles. The event was one of 12 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being held across the United States in March and April.

The University of Notre Dame SIFE program is one of more than 500 SIFE programs in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Notre Dame’s team is a coalition of three of its most impactful and right-minded undergraduate organizations – The Entrepreneurship Society of Notre Dame, GreeND, and the Student International Business Council.

During this academic year, the University of Notre Dame SIFE team organized six distinct projects in the South Bend community and abroad, including Environmental Education, Agribusiness Development Group (Malaysia), Financial Literacy Initiative, Green Fashion Show, Invention Convention, and the Baan Kru Mookda Initiative (Thailand). These ongoing projects were developed in response to diverse community concerns, including environmental sustainability, necessary skills for entrepreneurial success and financial literacy, and ethical business practices.

In light of their win at the Cleveland SIFE USA Regional Competition, the Notre Dame SIFE team has advanced to the 2010 SIFE USA National Exposition which will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 11-13.

The 2010 Notre Dame SIFE Team includes:
Joseph Ahmad, Class of 2013 (First Year of Studies)
Cody Borgstrom, Class of 2011 (Mathematics)
Alice Griesemer, Class of 2009 (Chemistry, Management Consulting)
Allison Hamill, Class of 2010 (Marketing, Italian)
Eunice Ikene, Class of 2011 (Information Technology & Management, Political Science)
Sean Kickham, Class of 2011 (Mathematics)
Caitlin Nichols, Class of 2011 (Psychology, Peace Studies)
Mike Redmond, Class of 2011 (Economics, Philosophy, Political Science)
Michael Streit, Class of 2010 (Economics, Political Science)
Lauren Sullivan, Class of 2012 (Finance)
Gabby Tate, Class of 2011 (Marketing, Psychology)
Zhe Yang, Class of 2012 (Accounting, Mathematics, Economics)
College of Science students include: Cody Borgstrom, Alice Griesemer, Sean Kickman and Zhe Yang.

Notre Dame Advisors: 
Lee Svete, Sam Walton Fellow and Co-Advisor 
Dr. Charles R. Crowell, Sam Walton Fellow and Co-Advisor

SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) 
SIFE is an international non-profit organization that brings together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Founded in 1975, SIFE has active programs on more than 1,500 college and university campuses in 40 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, the university students, academic professionals and industry leaders who participate in SIFE are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change. For more information, contact SIFE World Headquarters at 417-831-9505 or visit