The ​Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer

Building entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer at the University of San Diego's Knauss School of Business breeds innovation right here on campus, helping students turn bold ideas into booming startups and value-based enterprises. We give you the tools and resources to embrace your most creative ideas to build startups that create jobs and continually innovate — we’ll even challenge you to address global problems and improve lives with your venture ideas.

When you take part in our classes and events, you will join a unique startup community here at USD, one that encourages you to take your destiny into your own hands and propels you to new heights. Plus, you will get to connect with an incredible startup ecosystem — in San Diego and beyond.

Through various initiatives, The Catalyzer brings together a world of established entrepreneurs, academic thought leaders, startup innovators, brilliant venture capitalists, and bright-eyed students. Then we stand back and watch the sparks fly.

Begin quote Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein

The Toreropreneur Journey

Entrepreneurs are not born, they are made — and many are made here at the University of San Diego. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer is here to guide you every step of the way as you follow our Toreropreneur Journey. 


Map of the Toreropreneur Journey


Map Out Your Toreropreneur Journey

Unleash your inner entrepreneur.

Alumni speakers at the 2019 USD Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference USD Entrepreneurship Legacy Conference At our annual USD Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference, we inspire student innovators by inviting back alumni who have embraced innovation in their careers, whether by starting a new business or by creating big change at their organization.


Two students present on stage at the USD Fowler Business Concept Challenge Fowler Business Concept Challenge The sky is the limit on creative ideas and we encourage students to explore their entrepreneurial potential by proposing brand new ideas at the Fowler Business Concept Challenge.
Student presents at USD Venture Vetting Competition Venture Vetting Pitch Competition We challenge our Toreropreneurs to create the next big thing and introduce their business idea to market at our Venture Vetting (V2) Pitch Competition.


A person gravitating towards the sky Resilient Entrepreneur Learning Series Resiliency is the pillar of a successful entrepreneur. At this learning series open to students and the local community, entrepreneurs reveal how they pivot business ideas and remain resilient through challenging times.


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