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Cal Poly is Revolutionizing Entrepreneurship

 

 

The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) helps students acquire the tools, develop the skills and cultivate the mindset of an entrepreneur so that they may create economic and social value everywhere they go. While it can mean starting a new business, entrepreneurial careers can be found or created in just about every field, industry, and organization.

At the center, students are immersed in the entrepreneurial process through hands-on innovation programs focused on our three distinct areas: LEARN, PREPARE and LAUNCH.

NEWS & EVENTS

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Sisters High Grad’s Start-Up to Combat Water Waste

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SLO HotHouse Grows Best Cal Poly Start-Ups

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SLO HotHouse Grand Opening Celebration

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Cal Poly Opens Downtown SLO Lofts, First Off-Campus Housing

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MoneyBall: Pitching the Perfect Pitch

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SLO County’s Post-Diablo Future Will Be As Bright As We Want It To Be

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How To Start A Company Before You’re 25

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SLO HotHouse Adds 8 Startups for Summer Accelerator Program

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2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses

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Sisters High Grad’s Start-Up to Combat Water Waste

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SLO HotHouse Grows Best Cal Poly Start-Ups

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SLO HotHouse Grand Opening Celebration

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Cal Poly Opens Downtown SLO Lofts, First Off-Campus Housing

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LEARN

Entrepreneurial careers transcend specific job titles, career paths and industries. We develop the entrepreneurial mindset with complementing class instruction and project-based activities.

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Cal Poly Entrepreneurs

For many young entrepreneurs, ideas come easily. The real challenge is starting, running or being part of a successful business based upon that once-in-a-lifetime idea or opportunity. The more you learn, the greater your chance of success. What better place to start than the Cal Poly Entrepreneurs.

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Innovation Sandbox

Inspiration can flash in a moment. Without the proper tools to flesh out ideas and explore, great ideas stay exactly that— great ideas. The Innovation Sandbox ensures that new ideas are realized by giving Cal Poly students access to world-class technologies, rapid prototyping tools and vital peer mentorship.

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Forum Series

Entrepreneurship can be lonely. If you’re looking for a little sense of community, our Entrepreneurship Forum Series is the ideal place for any entrepreneur seeking information, help, ideas or feedback and those who wish to help them. Forums are social and educational events that help build our San Luis Obispo entrepreneurial community.

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CIE Fellows

The collaboration between students and faculty cultivates innovation and entrepreneurship. The alliance of faculty from all colleges and disciplines is a key factor in the growth of the entrepreneurial culture at Cal Poly. The Faculty Fellow program serves as a catalyst to accomplish our goals.

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Cal Poly Entrepreneurs

For many young entrepreneurs, ideas come easily. The real challenge is starting, running or being part of a successful business based upon that once-in-a-lifetime idea or opportunity. The more you learn, the greater your chance of success. What better place to start than the Cal Poly Entrepreneurs.

READ MORE

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Innovation Sandbox

Inspiration can flash in a moment. Without the proper tools to flesh out ideas and explore, great ideas stay exactly that— great ideas. The Innovation Sandbox ensures that new ideas are realized by giving Cal Poly students access to world-class technologies, rapid prototyping tools and vital peer mentorship.

READ MORE

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Forum Series

Entrepreneurship can be lonely. If you’re looking for a little sense of community, our Entrepreneurship Forum Series is the ideal place for any entrepreneur seeking information, help, ideas or feedback and those who wish to help them. Forums are social and educational events that help build our San Luis Obispo entrepreneurial community.

READ MORE

CIE-fellows-2015

CIE Fellows

The collaboration between students and faculty cultivates innovation and entrepreneurship. The alliance of faculty from all colleges and disciplines is a key factor in the growth of the entrepreneurial culture at Cal Poly. The Faculty Fellow program serves as a catalyst to accomplish our goals.

READ MORE

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Cal Poly Entrepreneurs

For many young entrepreneurs, ideas come easily. The real challenge is starting, running or being part of a successful business based upon that once-in-a-lifetime idea or opportunity. The more you learn, the greater your chance of success. What better place to start than the Cal Poly Entrepreneurs.

READ MORE

innovationsb_965x588

Innovation Sandbox

Inspiration can flash in a moment. Without the proper tools to flesh out ideas and explore, great ideas stay exactly that— great ideas. The Innovation Sandbox ensures that new ideas are realized by giving Cal Poly students access to world-class technologies, rapid prototyping tools and vital peer mentorship.

READ MORE

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Jeremy Kerfs

LEARN

Jeremy Kerfs
College of Engineering
Electrical Engineering Major

“My parents were pretty unsure about my involvement in two start-ups as a freshman. Now they see the support and instruction I’m getting and the tremendous investment others are willing to make in my future. We all realize I’m a whole lot closer to making this work.”

PREPARE

The center prepares students to become emerging leaders and career ready entrepreneurs who generate innovative solutions to real-world problems, research promising technologies and develop viable business plans.

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Elevator Pitch Competition

You know that idea you’ve always had? The one you think could make you millions? Well, this is your chance to share that idea with the world and possibly win $1,000. The Elevator Pitch Competition gives students 90 seconds to pitch their best idea to a panel of entrepreneurs and compete for cash prizes.

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Startup Weekend

Starting a business usually requires months (or even years) of preparation. At Startup Weekend, though, we give you only 54 hours to build a business with a team of strangers. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find out what it takes to produce a viable startup in the modern world.

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Hatchery

At the CIE, we understand that your best ideas can arrive before your diploma. In fact, the startups that change the world often begin in dorm rooms and classrooms. We designed the Hatchery to shape and grow student-led startups, enabling students to develop the proper tools for building a business from scratch.

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Innovation Quest

A great startup requires more than just a great idea; it needs support from the market, clients and investors. Innovation Quest (iQ) serves as the support system that provides the fuel for great ideas. With a $15,000 grand prize and over $10,000 in additional prize money, iQ can transform your idea into a financially-backed endeavor.

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Hackathon

Cal Poly is home to some of the most creative programmers and designers in the world, so we created a competition built by hackers for hackers. The Design and Dev Hackathon is a fast-paced, marathon weekend of designing, coding and imagining.

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Ian Rice

PREPARE

Ian Rice
B.S., Business Administration
Concentration in
Entrepreneurship

“This program ignited my passion. I’m prepared to spend my life using my own ideas to change the world, not sitting in a cubicle.”

LAUNCH

The center offers students highly customized paths that allow them to launch their own startups and become entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere.

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SLO HotHouse Accelerator

Over 13 weeks, student founders are given the tools, the funding and the space to launch their businesses. Housed in downtown San Luis Obispo at the SLO HotHouse, the Accelerator exists in a vibrant community of innovators.

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SLO HotHouse Incubator

The next step for our top accelerator companies, the SLO HotHouse Incubator is a 2-year program devoted to transforming businesses from startup to sustainable.

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SBDC for Innovation

Running a small business is no small task. That’s why the CIE Small Business Development Center (SBDC), helps individuals start, manage and grow their business with cost free business consulting and educational programs.

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Alyssa Pelletier

LAUNCH

Alyssa Pelletier
B.S., Graphic Communication
Concentration in
Web and Digital Media

“There was no, ‘Now what?’when I graduated. I knew what I wanted and how to get it. I wouldn’t have my awesome career if I’d just done my course work, graduated, and looked for an entry-level job.”

MENTORS

The center’s elite entrepreneur mentors accelerate growth and enrich the educational experience of Cal Poly students by advancing their entrepreneurial careers and helping them accomplish more faster.

Learn more about the mentorship program, and how to become a mentor like Eric Meyer, Lisa Hufford and Jeff Witous.
EXPLORE CIE MENTORSHIP

Eric Meyer

I graduated with a great education in art and design, but I didn’t know what it would take to run a business.

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Lisa Hufford

I wish Cal Poly CIE had existed when I was a student. It would have allowed me to start my company much sooner and with a lot more confidence.

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Jeff Witous

Early in my career, there were people who supported me with no agenda other than to give back. Now it’s my turn.

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