IDEA Week Registration


Come. Dive in.

This April, a whole new kind of innovation festival hits the South Bend-Elkhart region that lets you LEARN, PLAY, MEET, and COMPETE.

Geared towards EVERYONE – whether you’re already a successful entrepreneur, a new student, or simply live for local events – discover YOUR way of experiencing innovation HERE.

Bring an open mind and collide with the ideas of top leaders driving innovation in business and technology.

Hear the unconventional wisdom of trailer-living millionaire Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. Get bursts of inspiration at TEDx UND, and tons more. Plus, connect with industry disruptors face-to-face, and lean in for advice that will fuel your own innovations and strategies as you take your ideas to the next level.

Jump in for moments of serious PLAY at some of the country’s hottest acts.

Bring the whole squad to one of America’s top acts – The Chainsmokers – with their infectious, chart-topping EDM pop. Sing along to Patti LuPone’s Broadway show tunes. Relax with the world-class talent of violinist Itzhak Perlman. Find yourself #dead at Gabriel Iglesias’s comedy as he jokes about life as a hot and fluffy guy. And whether you’d rather watch the 89th Annual Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame or take in a robot football match, there’s a game your inner sports fans will love.

Don’t just sit there – get out and MEET other locals, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Make friends with creative thinkers like you over coffee every morning. Hit the job fair, and start engineering your future by crafting connections with business and technology professionals. At the end of the day, kick back and unwind over a drink (or two) and whisper secret startup plans to new business partners at the area’s best bars and restaurants.

Think your idea is the next big thing? Debut it HERE at the McCloskey New Venture Competition and win thousands in cash at COMPETE events.

Whether you’ve been dying to show off a bright-spark plan for a new local startup, or you’re an MBA student who can dream up business solutions at a moment’s notice, you’ll have a chance to win funding that can make your ideas real.

Registration and most events are FREE – separate tickets required for select events.

So come. Discover innovation YOUR way – and LEARN, PLAY, MEET, and COMPETE at IDEA Week.


This registration acts as FREE general admission to all non-entertainment events. You are also encouraged to register for individual events as priority seating will be given to those who do so.