Tech to Launch

The Tech to Launch (T2L) program stimulates and supports innovation in South Dakota.

USD’s Tech to Launch Program (T2L) builds agency for South Dakota inventors by providing strategy in business operations, commercialization pathway, support frameworks, legal counsel and financial planning. Tech to Launch imagines a South Dakota that empowers inventors to take risks and innovate.

T2L is the intersection and point of contact between the South Dakota Small Business Development Center, South Dakota Governor’s Office for Economic Development, South Dakota Biotech, the Enterprise Institute and the Graduate Education & Applied Research Center. 

For more information regarding the Tech to Launch program, please email



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Supporting Rural Tech-Based Entrepreneurs

T2L offers the following services to help rural tech-based entrepreneurs achieve success:
  • Planning: Company formation and incorporation; business model creation and budgeting
  • Operations: Start-to-finish accounting, payroll, and legal services
  • Strategy: Intellectual property guidance; SBIR/STTR support; Strategic R&D consultants, Market research
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Building Connections

Customers experience a range of benefits and support:
  • Networking to Build a Robust Startup Community: Introduce entrepreneurs to customers, suppliers, advisors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Consulting and Mentorship: Pair tech entrepreneurs with an experienced mentor to provide coaching, guidance and connections.

More About the Program

Explore the application process and frequently asked questions to get to know Tech to Launch.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that offer resources for your research.
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Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs supports and expands competitive research and creative scholarship at USD. The office oversees USD's research function, assisting faculty and researchers, generating student opportunities, and establishing and administering policies governing the conduct of research and overseeing the management of research programs.

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GEAR Center

The GEAR Center is a collaborative environment where innovative solutions are sought to relevant problems and where entrepreneurism is encouraged.