eTrack Initiative: Engineering Entrepreneurship

​An ecosystem of entrepreneurship.

At USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, we have created an entrepreneurial mindset that is pervasive in our students, faculty and industry partners — a place where our student entrepreneurship teams are creating successful ventures, using the scaffolding developed through USD to enter into incubators, venture or acquisition agreements, and transitioning into companies looking for talent to inject innovation within their organizations.

eTrack Initiative

Through the eTrack Initiative, we are harnessing and nurturing this innovative spirit through a comprehensive three-tiered program. We start off with an entrepreneurial track for senior design, where students learn how to design, develop and produce something of value and then market that product to their customers. Then, through the Entrepreneurship Scholars Program (ESP) we engage students beyond the silos of engineering and offer critical business courses to help round up their skills. The final component of the eTrack Initiative is for students to participate in entrepreneurial competitions, which offers support, ideas and mentorship to turn an idea into something tangible.

Advanced Training

Going forward, we are looking to further collaborate with USD’s School of Business  to develop graduate programs to serve as advanced training for professionals already in the industry.

Venkat Shastri

Entrepreneurship Faculty Lead

Students not only know how to engineer a product, but now think about it — What's the market? What customers benefit from the product and why? — this can help them build a foundation as a leader and gain more experience.

VENKAT SHASTRI, PHD
De Sanctis Professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship, Director of Industry Partnership

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