IDEA Week canceled due to COVID-19 concerns
Observer Staff Report | Monday, March 16, 2020
IDEA Week 2020, which was scheduled for April 18-25, has been canceled due to concerns of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an announcement on the event’s website.
Anyone who purchased tickets for Trevor Noah, OneRepublic or other IDEA Week events will receive a full refund automatically. Although it may take some time to refund all of the tickets, the website said people should expect full refunds by April 30.
The McCloskey New Venture Competition will not be canceled and will be conducted virtually.
While more than 20,000 people from over 30 states were expected to attend, the IDEA Week team said in a press release that the events will not be rescheduled.
“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,” Bryan Ritchie, vice president and Cathy and John Martin associate provost for innovation at Notre Dame, said in the release.