Capstone Experience: Entrepreneurship Track

It starts with an idea.

As part of the Etrack program, 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 we spotlight USD Capstone Experience entrepreneurship teams that have unleashed their creativity and brought their ideas to market.

Smoothie image The 2050 Company

Austin Hirsh ‘19 launched his award-winning automated lawn mower senior design project, Picket, during his Capstone Experience at USD. A serial entrepreneur, he redirected his focus to a more sustainable concept at the end of his senior year and created The 2050 Company, which combines rescued imperfect and surplus produce with a state-of-the-art drying technology, to create convenient fruit powders for smoothies that eliminate waste throughout the supply chain.

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Tractor at a farm Agrishield

Agrishield specializes in agricultural equipment design and manufacturing, including vineyard sucker removers and berm sweepers, basil harvesters, drip line all purpose winders, orchard covering systems and CNC plasma cutting services. Founded by Andrew Billigmeier ‘18 and Connor Schofield ‘17, the dynamic team has been able to swiftly pivot and adapt their range of services offered to meet the unique needs of growers within their served markets.


Daroch Medical Solutions, Inc.

Darroch Medical is tackling one of the most challenging problems in healthcare. Their Beat Analytics System is a real-time monitoring platform capable of integrating data from a variety of medical instruments and presenting nurses with a cohesive patient profile designed to support nurse decision making, enhance patient insight, and reduce the incidence of adverse events. The team’s CEO Anthony Shao ‘17, CTO Colby Bishop ‘17 and CMO Jacques Yeager ‘17 work closely on product and concept development creating the vision for the company. 


Trek Mobile Camera Slider Trek Mobile Camera Slider

Trek is the world's first portable, app-connected, modular camera slider slider system designed for smartphones and GoPros. Our patent pending design allows you to put complete control of the system in your hands via our intuitive and easy to use app, create custom track configurations, and store our entire system easily inside your backpack, along with the rest of your gear. From smooth videos to breathtaking timelapses, let Trek be a catalyst or your creativity. Co-founders Chris Sczcur ‘17 and Scott Matthews ‘17 launched Trek under their parent company, Dyno Equipment.


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Hands-On Experience: Where Ideas Come to Life

Through the entrepreneurship track in senior design, students work on an engineering or technical problem with an eye towards entrepreneurship. We invite you to explore a comprehensive listing of all entrepreneurship track Capstone Experience projects at USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.


Browse Projects by Year

  • Bibble

    Computer Science

  • Discrete Solar

    Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • HITS

    Electrical Engineering, Integrated Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • LyfBox

    Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • Nudge

    Computer Science

  • Sunshine Box

    Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Integrated Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • Unity

    Computer Science