Larry Kull Endowed Student Award in Engineering and Entrepreneurship

The Larry Kull Endowed Student Award was recently established to honor Dr. Larry Kull. He is remembered by former colleagues, family and friends as a remarkable scientist, problem-solver, mentor and business leader. To honor his memory, his friends and former colleagues, including Randy Vosti, Hugh Kendrick and Stephen Dalich, have established this award, which will provide student awards in perpetuity.

The $15,000 award (to increase in subsequent years) will be awarded at USD's Torero Entrepreneurship Challenge (TECh) based on the most successful demonstration of technological innovation or new product service development and its alignment to markets. Projects that also address improved social conditions, the environment or quality of life are highly encouraged.

TECh Competition Criteria

Criteria for your entrepreneurship project to be considered at the TECh Competition:

  • Technology is critical to the business idea;
  • The market has been identified;
  • Initial plan for 12 months has been defined;
  • Clear and compelling case has been articulated.

How to Enter the Competition

At USD's annual TECh Competition on April 8, 2021, you can present your venture to real angel investors for a chance to win seed money to start your business. Any USD student or alumni startup team with a technology component, regardless of their degree program, is eligible to compete for the Larry Kull Endowed Student Award in Engineering and Entrepreneurship. The award must be used to advance the project. Here's how to enter:

  • Craft a 10-slide, pitch deck that describes your venture and funding goal. You will submit it as a PowerPoint or Prezi file.
  • Submit your pitch deck.
  • 2021 Submission Deadline: March 26, 2021 

The TECH Challenge has two awards. Teams may submit for both awards, but will only be eligible to be selected for one of the $15,000 awards. If you have any questions please reach out to Venkat Shastri, PhD, De Sanctis Professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship.