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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. 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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Three New Companies Graduate From SLO HotHouse Incubator

Events

Demo Day

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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

Learn

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

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.

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.
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