Student-run conference to focus on research, commercialization and entrepreneurship

Author: William G. Gilroy

Spark Conference


“Spark,” a student-run conference focusing on University of Notre Dame research, commercialization and entrepreneurship, will take place Tuesday (April 16) in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business.

The organizers of Spark hope to demonstrate the possibilities of research at Notre Dame and to highlight projects that have the potential to become viable businesses. They hope to “spark” intellectual curiosity in all Notre Dame undergraduates and present them with opportunities and tools to get them involved in these projects in the future.

The event features 12 speakers delivering 15-minute lectures from 2 to 6 p.m. A reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

The keynote speaker for Spark is David Murphy, associate dean of the University’s ESTEEM (Engineering, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters) program and former president and chief executive officer of Better World Books.

Conference sponsors include the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation Park at Notre Dame, the College of Science, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Engineering and ESTEEM.

More information on Spark is available at (site no longer live).

Originally published by William G. Gilroy at on April 15, 2013.