By practitioners, for practitioners.

Innovation Academy is Notre Dame’s end-to-end resource for corporate innovation education, offering participant-centered experiences for working professionals created and facilitated by real-world innovation leaders and practitioners.

Our regularly scheduled and custom programs are designed to support you in building a sustainable culture of innovation that will drive growth and future-proof your organization’s mission. Our faculty are corporate innovation veterans who understand the challenges of creating an entrepreneurial mindset in an established corporate culture—and they embrace a wide range of tools and methodologies that can guide you in your efforts.

 **NEW for 2021!**

We’re excited to announce Innovation Academy’s new home in Notre Dame’s IDEA Center, whose entrepreneurial and startup expertise will enrich our programming perspective and connect our participants to a wealth of commercialization services and resources. This means we can support you at any stage of your innovation journey, whether you’re developing your bench strength or solving the challenges of bringing a new product or service to market.

PBS Michiana highlighted our programs at the Stayer Center in 2020. Hear from Donna Porter, Director of Corporate Innovation Education, as well as founding practitioners Dr. Nancy Tennant and Phil Newbold.

Our innovation programs support driving change via four unique formats:


Certified Innovation Mentor Program (CIMP)

Our flagship innovation program—providing rigorous, in-depth innovation education for leaders charged with spearheading change. (Now offered as a custom program only.)
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Innovation Action Boot Camp (IABC)

Our intensive week-long innovation program—introducing leaders and teams to the basics of innovation and our Unifying Innovation Methodology™.
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Rapid c2c (Rapid Concept to Commercialization)

Our project-based innovation program—harnessing proven innovation tools to help your company address a specific challenge or direction change.
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Leading Enterprise Innovation (NEW!)

Our short experiential program for senior-level leaders— providing insight on what it takes to lead and scale innovation throughout the organization.

In addition to our four main program formats, we can custom-design an innovation program based on your organization’s needs, strengths, and goals. To discuss the possibilities for custom solutions, please contact Donna Porter at  

What Our Participants Say

I’ve always understood Notre Dame to be a first-rate institution with top-notch facilities and exceptional faculty, and my CIMP experience completely supports that perception. The program was truly incredible.

—Frank Hart, Senior Scientist, Altria

I work in a risk-averse industry. Having certification from such a prestigious institution as Notre Dame gave me and my team clout—that trust was a great foundation for building our innovation efforts. The processes we learned not only reassured our senior leadership, but they made us more confident innovators as well.

—Kimberly Phillips, Manager of Innovation, INPO
Certified I-Mentor

Embedding innovation into our culture has been critical to our success, and partnering with Notre Dame on this effort has been absolutely invaluable.

—Mike McDonnell, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Amsted Rail, Amsted Industries Alumnus, Innovation Action Boot Camp

Get in Touch

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