Starpoint Award

The Starpoint Award was established by business leaders David Cohn and Carl Delia, who were both instrumental in the development and launch of USD's eTrack engineering entrepreneurship program. One winning startup team will be awarded $15,000 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.

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TECh Competition Criteria

Criteria for your entrepreneurship project to be considered for the Technology Track 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 Starpoint Award. 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.
  • 2021Submission Deadline: March 26, 2021

The TECh Competition has two Technology Track 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.