Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

SLO HotHouse Incubator

Our two-year, full-time SLO HotHouse Incubator program includes everything needed for early-stage companies to develop into financially stable, high-growth enterprises by providing the tools; training and infrastructure that helps facilitate smarter, faster growth.

Programming for the incubator includes mentorship, monthly peer-to-peer roundtable discussions, an advisory board for each startup in the program, participation in Pitch Nights, networking opportunities and exclusive access to various entrepreneurial events in the community. Businesses will also be able to utilize all of the SLO HotHouse resources, such as office space, conference rooms, and an invaluable peer network.

Community startups interested in applying for the incubator program, apply here.


Current Incubator Companies

WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc. makes a portable and tactical solution for mitigating domestic UAS and drone threats. Their flagship product, the “DroneFox,” uses a process of detection, identification, and interception to enable first responders to reroute drones that are flying illegally or threatening public safety.

Calivore Spirits Co. was borne out of our love for California and the necessity to provide delicious, locally-made alcohol to all of its inhabitants of drinking age (that, and making booze is a lot of fun). With a taste inspired by the California experience, our spirits are more than just a drink: they’re accompaniment to your lifestyle of adventure, exploration, and unrestrained revelry. Available at Whole Foods and over 80 other locations throughout southern California



Reduce. Reuse. Grow. aims to replace unsustainable packaging products with smarter eco-friendly solutions while restoring local communities’ native landscapes.


Bottlefly uses machine learning and AI technology to change the way people purchase wine and other products in the retail environment.


Flume is putting your household water usage in the palm of your hand with their innovative IoT sensor. Protect your home from water damage, conserve our most valuable resources and avoid costly water bills with Flume’s technology.


App Scrolls is an online community platform that increases player engagement and retention for any game. After partnering with one of the largest mobile games in the world and perfecting their service, they are focused on expanding to more top grossing strategy games.


Brandplug is software to help marketers buy high quality, high return-on-investment promotion from social media celebrities.

Current is transforming personal safety. Today, 93% of the world owns a mobile device, and Current is developing a phone case and app that keeps users safe with the touch of a button by automatically dispatching the police, notifying friends and community members, recording video, and activating physical protection.

Gatherologie allows people to book event space and vendors directly through their website. They are creating a marketplace that allows homeowners, landowners, and business owners to list their properties and event services.


Baserock, the company behind a new, versatile hydration backpack that allows wearers to physically feel music by vibrating bass frequencies throughout the body.


BoltAbout empowers city commuters and students with quick, sustainable transportation by renting electric bikes on a month-to-month basis.

ObserVR has built analytics software for virtual reality, which gives developers true visibility into how users actually experience their products. The ObserVR platform allows content creators to measure user engagement and better understand what promotes continued use.