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The Notre Dame Pit Road Fund is a venture capital fund housed at the University of Notre Dame’s IDEA Center, created to help launch new startups from the University ecosystem.

The Pit Road Fund funds the best and brightest ideas and technologies from the broader Notre Dame ecosystem.


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About the Pit Road Fund

The Notre Dame Pit Road Fund was launched in 2018 with the mission to serve early stage companies associated with the University. By investing in de-risked, promising technologies through the Engine Commercialization Process, the Fund injects capital into Notre Dame led and affiliated companies as they mature. In addition, the Fund connects founders to mentors, strategic partners, sophisticated investors and board members, leveraging their resources to build and scale the Fund’s portfolio companies. 

Philosophy & Investment Thesis

Designed to unlock tremendous value both socially and economically, the Pit Road Fund aims to create the next great company by leveraging the discoveries of technical solutions made by the University and the Notre Dame ecosystem.