The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has had a distinct and measurable impact on and off Cal Poly campus.
The CIE is revolutionizing our economic future by equipping Cal Poly students with the resources to grow businesses that will create social value throughout the world.
Knowing there was an abundance of curious, technically savvy and entrepreneurial-minded Cal Poly students, two business professors 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 Cal Poly alumni, Carson Chen, Richard Boberg, and Laura Pickering, iQ has already awarded over $350,000 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.
Formed by students and entrepreneurship professors, CPE is a student-run organization that enables aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their passions by providing valuable resources such as weekly meetings, workshops, trips, events and communal support.
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.
First-ever CIE Elevator Pitch Competition Forum where students have 90 seconds to pitch their product ideas, innovative services or startups for the chance to win $1,000.
The CIE Faculty Fellows are growing the entrepreneurship culture at Cal Poly. Within each of Cal Poly’s six colleges, CIE Faculty Fellows incorporate innovation, and entrepreneurship into their coursework.
CIE’s two-year 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.
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.
Innovation Sandbox is a shared on-campus workspace for students to play with the latest prototyping/ideations tools, explore new subjects, develop technologies and share knowledge.
The SLO 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 Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). The HotHouse is home to the CIE programs that support students and community members as..Read More
For the first time, the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will accept community startups into its SLO HotHouse Incubator program.