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2 Year Head Start

The EDC@NDC is well on its way toward realizing a three-year plan and five-year vision to further establish entrepreneurial programming for students in all fields and to support Northeast Ohio new business ventures—courtesy of two grants from two Cleveland-area foundations.

The Cleveland Foundation

Over the next two years, a $150,000 Fenn Educational Fund grant from the Cleveland Foundation will help create more than 100 paid, on-campus internship experiences for Notre Dame students in all majors, while supporting more than 40 high- and low-tech startups and small businesses.

The Fenn Grant provides students up to a $500 stipend and three class credits per internship experience.

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation

In addition, a $15,000 grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, a foundation supporting free enterprise, will help Notre Dame establish an entrepreneurship major in 2016 to complement the entrepreneurship minor already available.

Funds also will be used to develop a course in creativity, innovation and idea generation and enhance experiential learning opportunities and further establishment of the entrepreneurship club, called NDCe.

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation grant will help market NDCe activities, specifically events associated with the Student Venture Fund at Notre Dame College, also known as NDC Shark Tank, a chapter of the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund, and with SEA Change, a Northeast Ohio social enterprise accelerator.