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September 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm   |   4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2017 SLO HotHouse Accelerator Demo Day

Mark your calendar & save the date for our biggest event of the year! We invite you to join us for Demo Day as our 2017 accelerator companies pitch their startups to you. You will see first-hand how three months of intense mentorship, workshops, pivoting, acceleration and sleepless nights have paid off for all seven of the startups. Don’t miss out on this special event! Seating is limited.

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November 8, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - November 30, 2017 @ 7:30 pm   |   4:30 pm - 7:30 pm   @  Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo (PAC)   |  

The Power of CSR: Why Doing Good Is Good for Your Company

#CorporateSocialResponsibility Companies that practice corporate social responsibility are taking initiatives to positively impact the environment, people, and our overall society. CSR can take many forms, from ethical sourcing to a one-for-one business model; it’s about finding a way to give back that aligns with your company’s mission. Come to our forum to learn why CSR cannot only help you do good for others but also increase overall success for your company and brand. Companies that practice CSR create strong customer…

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January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm   |   6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Innovation Quest (iQ) #2 Info Session

Info Session #2 Tuesday, January 30th 6:00 — 7:30p.m. Building 2, Room 210

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February 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm   |   4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Get Connected: Entrepreneurship in the Rise of New Media

A panel of industry experts including a former Fox Television president and a social media marketer-entrepreneur will discuss why new media is vital to success in business at Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s forum on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo on the university campus. The theme of  CIE’s winter entrepreneurship forum, “Get Connected: Entrepreneurship in the Rise of New Media,” is how a media landscape transformed by social media, among others, presents…

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March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm   |   6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Innovation Quest (iQ) #3 Info Session

Info Session #3 Thursday, March 8th 6:00 — 7:30p.m. Building 2, Room 210

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March 29 @ 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm   |   4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Central California Angel Conference

Startups could receive up to $200,000 in angel-backed investments by applying for the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 2018 Angel Conference. Entrepreneurs looking to participate must apply by Jan. 31. The cost is $99, which includes entrance and dinner for two to the March 29 event. Apply online at bit.ly/ccangelconference. Six selected finalists will pitch in front of angel investors and an audience at the conference. The investors will vote and invest…

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April 28   |   12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Innovation Quest Finals and Banquet

Final Judging and Banquet Saturday, April 28th  Building 2, Room 210 & SLO Country Club

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May 15 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm   |   4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

May Entrepreneurship Forum

2018 SLO HotHouse Accelerator Companies Will Be Announced! Meet the newest students accepted into our SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator program as they set off on their adventure to launch a startup in only 13 weeks. PEN Portion The Business Card Hustle. We divided the P.E.N. (Pitches, Exhibits, and Networking) portion of the evening into two parts. First, attendees will hear pitches from each of the 2018 SLO HotHouse Accelerator companies, getting to know both the companies and their goals for…

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November 7 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm   |   4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Elevator Pitch Competition Forum

The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host the ninth annual Elevator Pitch Competition Forum, a fast-paced contest for Cal Poly and Cuesta College entrepreneurs, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Performing Arts Center on the Cal Poly campus. The forum — free, open to the public — will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students will have 90 seconds each to pitch their cutting-edge innovations and business ideas. Judges will select two winners; one from Cal…

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November 9 - November 11   |   12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Startup Weekend

Calling all Ambitious, Creative, and Entrepreneurially Minded People! Startup Weekend is happening Friday-Sunday, November 9-11th. Startup Weekend is a 54 hour long event in which developers, designers, and innovators meet for the first time and develop a business over the weekend. You will have the opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night, everyone will vote, and the best ideas will be chosen and teams formed around them. You and your team will work non-stop throughout the weekend. Your team will present on Sunday night in front of a…

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