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USD Technology Readiness Acceleration Center

Learn how to develop technologies and build new companies.

The Technology Readiness Acceleration Center (TRAC) is a new multi-institution technology commercialization center that supports entrepreneurship, startup creation and company growth.

TRAC pairs USD graduate students with faculty inventors and trains them to be apprentices in the development and commercialization of novel technologies through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students in the TRAC program will:

  • Work with and be mentored by scientific entrepreneurs
  • Learn how to combine R&D with commercialization
  • Network and connect with industries
  • Have opportunities to own a business after TRAC completion

Students will also participate in workshops, the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®), the Innovation Expo, the Governor’s Giant Vision Business Plan Competition, the SDBio Annual Summit and more. 

Applications for the 2020/2021 academic year are closed. Graduate students will apply to TRAC once and receive up to $10,000 per semester. TRAC fellows must be enrolled as a USD graduate student and must maintain good academic standing.