South Bend’s Idea Week canceled, will not be rescheduled

SOUTH BEND, Ind.—South Bend’s annual celebration of entrepreneurs and innovators has been canceled.

Idea Week 2020 has been canceled and will not be rescheduled, according to announcements posted to the event’s social media pages.

The event series was originally scheduled to be held from April 18-25.

“Though it’s true that our 2020 event will no longer take place, the mission of IDEA Week -- promoting the community-transforming benefits of entrepreneurship and innovation -- will continue the rest of this year and in 2021 and beyond,” said Bryan Ritchie, vice president and Cathy and John Martin associate provost for innovation at Notre Dame.

Over 50 events, performances by Trevor Noah, OneRepublic, and the Fighting Irish eSports Invitational tournament are all included in the cancellation.

Ticket-holders will receive a full refund. Organizers hope to process all refunds by April 30.

The only event that is not canceled is the McCloskey New Venture Competition, which will be conducted virtually.

For more information about the Idea Week Cancellation, visit the event’s website.

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