USD Entrepreneurship Events

Igniting passion for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

USD offers many events throughout the year to encourage USD students and community members to explore, embrace and fine-tune their venture-building skills. Through these events, we are able to build strong connections within the San Diego community and beyond. We energize the entrepreneurial spirit of USD students at the Torero Entrepreneurship Challenge. We challenge students to invent the next big idea at the V2 Pitch Competition. We inspire the next generation of Changemakers at the Center for Peace and Commerce's Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge. And we coach passionate innovators at our Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference. Check out all USD has to offer our inspired entrepreneurs!

Starpoint Accelerator

USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Etrack
March 4, 2021

The Starpoint Accelerator competition is an exciting opportunity for all USD student entrepreneurs, regardless of their degree program, to pitch their technology-based ideas to a panel of distinguished judges and compete for up to $15,000 in monetary awards. Through this competition, teams fine-tune their pitch and optimize their video submission to help accelerate the achievement of their technical and market milestones in preparation for the Torero Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Torero Entrepreneurship Challenge

USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Etrack
April 8, 2021

The Torero Entrepreneurship Challenge (TECh) is a new entrepreneurial competition designed to engage, educate, mentor and reward game-changing projects that embody technological innovation.  Budding USD student entrepreneurs from across campus and across all degree programs, are guided down a proven entrepreneurial path to sharpen their venture-building skills with an opportunity to compete for up to $45,000 in prize money.

Venture Vetting (V2) Pitch Competition

USD School of Business, Catalyzer
Spring 2021

The Venture Vetting (V2) Pitch competition is an initiative others call “Shark Tank meets academia.” From booming startups to using creativity to build a new world economy that helps improve lives, our entrepreneurship initiatives make magic happen. Venture finalists in the V2 Pitch, with students from Latin America and USD, have the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of distinguished angel investors. 


Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge

USD Center for Peace and Commerce
June 12, 2021

The Fowler GSIC is for the trailblazers, the dreamers, the doers. It was designed for those who can see a solution where others mostly see a challenge. Whether your passion lies in developing renewable resources or stopping environmental degradation, the Fowler GSIC invites you to engage with one or more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by developing an innovation that responds to an environmental or social challenge at the local or global level. Each year USD sends two teams to the Global Finals and for the past two years, one of those teams has been from SMSE. The first deadline is February 24 and we'll get you ready to pitch on April 23. Overall, there's $80,000 in seed funding in the prize pots. Learn more

Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference

USD School of Business, Catalyzer
Fall 2021

The USD Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference (ULEC) gives students, alumni and the local San Diego community the opportunity to network with fellow Torero entrepreneurs who are changing the world with their innovative ideas. ULEC is a once-a-year opportunity that brings together alumni entrepreneurs and friends of USD all on one dynamic panel of speakers.

Changemaker Challenge

USD Changemaker Hub
Fall 2021

The Changemaker Challenge is an annual idea competition that invites students to employ their imagination, grit and passion for generating ideas to address a current social challenge or need proposed by leaders from the San Diego region. Our community is invited to submit a two-minute video to showcase their idea. The top video entries will compete for $5,000 in awards.

Fowler Business Concept Challenge

USD School of Business, Catalyzer
Fall 2021

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge (FBCC) energizes the entrepreneurial spirit of University of San Diego students from across campus and focuses on catalyzing the entrepreneurial spirit of our USD community. The challenge is open to all current USD undergraduate and graduate students. Both finalists and semifinalists have the chance to win up to $45,000 in scholarships.