89 Companies Started
Measurable Results on Community—In the seven years, the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has had a distinct and measurable impact on and off Cal Poly campus.
89 Companies Started
SBDC clients over 12,000 hours
61 companies started in the Hatchery
$136M raised in startup funding
22,500 jobs created
The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship educates student and community entrepreneurs so they can be leaders who create great economic and social value throughout the world.
Knowing there was an abundance of curious, technically savvy and entrepreneurial-minded Cal Poly students, Dr. Jonathan York and Dr. Lou Tornatzky had a vision. They wanted every student regardless of major to be exposed to entrepreneurship inside and outside of the classroom.
In 2010 their vision came to fruition when they opened the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), and since it's inception, the Center has expanded its programming on and off campus making it a driving force for job creation in our region and throughout our state.
Founded in 2004 by Cal Poly graduates and business leaders, Carson Chen, Richard Boberg, and Laura Pickering, iQ has already awarded more than $300,000 in support of Cal Poly innovators and entrepreneurs who have used the program as a platform to launch successful businesses.
The entrepreneurship concentration is opened to business administration and economics majors in the Orfalea College of Business. The entrepreneurship concentration aligns with a plethora of resources in CIE to afford students collaborative Learn by Doing experiences with students from all disciplines on campus.
Since its inception in 2010, the CIE opened a world of entrepreneurial opportunity to Cal Poly students, faculty and community members, and promotes regional economic development throughout the region.
The HotHouse is a community space created through the efforts of Cal Poly, the city and county of San Luis Obispo, the business community, and the CIE. The HotHouse is home to the CIE programs that support students and community members as they work to create new innovations and start business..Read More
A student-run club that unifies entrepreneurs on campus, Cal Poly Entrepreneurs hosts dozens of entrepreneurial events, activities and special guests every year.
The Hatchery is an on-campus program that provides an entrepreneurial experience to students and allows them to cultivate the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in any business.
Held annually, the Hackathon highlights the best of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing motto, giving students across campus the opportunity to create, design and build with fellow students and mentors.