Engineering Entrepreneurship Program

It starts with an idea.

Through the entrepreneurship track in senior design, students have the option to work on an entrepreneurship project in conjunction with their Senior Design course. This includes studying the entrepreneurship modules, working with external mentors and making several pitches throughout the academic year. Below are the USD engineering entrepreneurship projects that have unleashed their creativity and brought their ideas to market.

students presenting project Precision Metrics Class of 2017-18

A weapon-mounted shot timing device that collects data related to the axis orientation and angular velocity of the weapon system in the critical moments before and after the trigger squeeze.

Market Status
Precision Metrics is finishing production of the product. The team has a seed fund commitment of $300,000 in January 2019.

students presenting project Hive Soundz Class of 2017-18

The first portable speaker allowing users to play one unified audio signal via either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi — this is accomplished by connecting connecting multiple Hive Soundz speakers over Wi-Fi or auxiliary.

Market Status
Hive Sounds is in the pre-launch phase.

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Trash Tracker Class of 2016-17

A waste-tracking system that weighs trash, recycling and green waste on a per-household basis. The device is attached to garbage trucks that weigh the trash as it is picked up then assign the weight to individual households.

Market Status
Trash Tracker has completed pilots with EDCO in Solana Beach and is scheduled full tests. The team also has a meeting with McNeilus — the largest trash and recycling truck manufacturer in the US — in winter 2018 for a strategic partnership and funding. They are applying for a $3M-$5M (for 3 years) CA grant.

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Agrishield Class of 2016-17

A low-cost, towable physical cover for cherry trees that displaces rainwater that can devastate crops. The underlying concept is to deploy plastic tarps which rest on the shape of the tree to divert rainwater during a storm and ultimately prevent crop losses due to excess rainfall.

Market Status
The Agrishield team has raised $300,000 in seed funding as of Fall 2018 and is targeting installation of nearly 1,000 cherry tree acres in total for 2019.

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Darroch Medical Solutions, Inc. Class of 2016-17

The team conceptualized and created a system that aggregates data from multiple medical devices and secures the transfer of information across information systems. For more, visit Founder's Video and Demo Video.

Market Status
The team has raised $150,000 and is completing product development. Darroch will apply for Phase I and Phase II SBIR grant from NIH in early 2019. Hospital testing in San Diego and Northern California is planned first the half of 2019.

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Trek Modular Camera Slider Class of 2015-16

The first entrepreneurship project conceptualized and created as a prototype within the Senior Design curriculum. Trek, is the world's first portable, app-connected, modular camera slider system designed for cameras, smartphones and GoPros.

Market Status
Launched publicly as Dyno Equipment, Inc., the duo began selling the patent-pending IPO in October 2017 and raised $170,000 on an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

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