What is Innovation Park at Notre Dame?

Innovation Park at Notre Dame is a commercial accelerator that helps transform innovations into ventures ready to enter the marketplace.

The Park's mission can be summed up in three words: Connect, Collaborate, Commercialize. The Park connects clients with University resources and talent and a world-class network of market experts. Innovation Park believes that dynamic collaboration with these resources leads to more commercially viable ventures.

What type of clients does the Innovation Park serve?

Innovation Park's clients are regional, national, and international, ranging from ventures at their earliest stages to Fortune 100 companies. Clients include innovators and entrepreneurs drawn from the University's faculty, student, or alumni community, as well as ventures that can benefit from active engagement with University or alumni expertise and resources available through the Park.

What type of services will Innovation Park provide to its clients?

Services are tailored to meet clients' needs throughout different stages of venture development, and can include entrepreneurial consulting, business networking with market experts, leadership talent assessment and introductions to potential customers and professional service providers. The Park also serves as an engagement vehicle for companies that wish to utilize University resources, such as advanced imaging, clean rooms, nuclear magnetic resonance equipment and other specialized resources.


Innovation Park and Notre Dame

How is Innovation Park connected to the University of Notre Dame?

Innovation Park exists to commercialize intellectual property developed by faculty at the University of Notre Dame by convening innovators throughout the entire Notre Dame community, including faculty, students, alumni and partners nationwide to improve and accelerate pathways for University research.

Why did Notre Dame decide to create Innovation Park?

Innovation Park is an essential building block to Notre Dame's goal of becoming a pre-eminent research university. The Park will provide the means to translate research innovations from the campus to the marketplace, in many different fields. It will also provide new, experiential learning opportunities for students from all colleges within the University.

Similar parks associated with other universities in the state and around the country have proven to be solid means for inspiring new research, bringing innovative ideas to the marketplace, creating industry-university relationships, and for spurring local economic growth.

What forms of research will Innovation Park help commercialize?

Innovation Park is a space designed to help commercialize applied research in a number of fields, including advanced drug discovery, nanoelectonics, orthopedics/biomedical devices, aerospace and flow physics, imaging and others. It is the Park's intention to engage with University faculty to find commercial pathways for innovations from all colleges on campus.

Is Innovation Park the same as the Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (M.I.N.D.)?

No. M.I.N.D. is one of four U.S. centers funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation's Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI). The common goal of the NRI centers is to discover and develop the next nanoscale logic device — one with performance capabilities beyond conventional devices, enabling it to become the basic building block of future computers. M.I.N.D. is based on the University of Notre Dame's campus, and includes related research conducted at partner universities.

Innovation Park is prepared to facilitate the transformation of many different forms of research being pursued on campus and elsewhere by University researchers, including breakthrough application opportunities at M.I.N.D. and other areas at the University.


Innovation Park's Facility

What type of equipment and resources are available to clients in the Park?

Innovation Park is located on 12 acres of land at the south end of the Notre Dame campus directly across the street from the Compton Ice Arena. The first building was completed in 2009 and is a three-story, 55,000 square foot structure that includes collaborative areas, conference rooms, administrative offices, incubation facilities, and lab space. Tenants enjoy:

  • Customizable office suites, with all utilities included in the lease
  • Laboratories for technology platform development
  • Direct access to dark fiber broadband connectivity via the Metronet
  • Availability of a number of Notre Dame campus services, including the Office of Technology Transfer
  • Direct access to the new Eddy Street Commons, a mixed-use development that provides retail, residential, hotel, and office services
  • Access to expertise and resources available through the Park's expansive network of industry experts and capital providers

How is Innovation Park connected to Ignition Park in South Bend?

Innovation Park at Notre Dame and Ignition Park are sister parks within the Indiana State-Certified Technology Park network. The sites will share programming, technology and other resources.

Innovation Park is owned by the University of Notre Dame and located adjacent to the University near the intersection of Angela Road and Twykenham Drive in South Bend. Ignition Park is owned by the City of South Bend and located on 83 acres southeast of Sample and Chapin streets in the former Studebaker Corridor. Innovation Park is designed to be a transformational space conducive to the commercialization of new ideas emerging through University research, and a place to demonstrate proof of commercial promise. Ignition Park will serve as a prospective landing area for companies that are ready to leave Innovation Park, or for established companies that wish to relocate to South Bend from other areas around the country or the world. Learn more about Ignition Park at