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November 10, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm   |   4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Elevator Pitch Competition Finals

Join us to see who wins $1000 in 90 seconds! The Elevator Pitch Competition is held by the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) each year. It is open to students from Cal Poly and Cuesta College, and it is a blast! Expect lots of great ideas and energetic students excited about entrepreneurship! At this event, the students that were chosen to advance to the finals must give a 90-second pitch to a virtual audience and a panel…

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November 11, 2020 @ 12:00 am - November 30, 2020 @ 12:00 am   |   12:00 am - 12:00 am

Startup Marathon

Typically held in November, Marathon is a 54 hour-long event in which developers, designers, and innovators meet for the first time and develop a business over the weekend.  Check back soon for more details!

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March 1 - April 25   |   12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Summer Accelerator Application 2021

Exclusively for Cal Poly students and recent alumni, the HotHouse Summer Accelerator is a summer program designed to give you everything you need to launch a real, scalable company. Applications are due April 25th @ 11:59PM. NO EXCEPTIONS. Click here for the application and more details.

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March 11 - March 12   |   12:00 am - 11:59 pm   |  

Startup Career Fair

  Location: InEvent platform Length: Friday, March Register HERE

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April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm   |   5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Innovation Quest Finals 2021

Innovation Quest is a competition for Cal Poly’s top student innovators to present their business ideas and innovative prototypes for $35,000 in awards. This competition empowers students of all disciplines to pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors, showcase their tangible creations and devise stronger business models. You will get to hear the pitches of several student-built innovations and find out which teams will take home big cash awards, as well as hear updates from past iQ participants. This year, we would like…

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May 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm   |   5:00 pm - 6:30 pm   @  Virtual   |  

May Forum 2021

Meet the Cal Poly students who will set sail on their entrepreneurial journeys this summer! At the 2021 May Entrepreneurship Forum, we will be introducing the newest CIE HotHouse Summer Accelerator cohort, with alumni Ben Doherty as our guest speaker. Register for FREE!

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June 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm   |   4:00 pm - 6:00 pm   |  

AngelCon 2021

AngelCon is an annual event, six innovative and disruptive startups compete for $130,000 in investment funding to help grow their business. The event will take place on YouTube Live. Registered attendees will receive the event link via email, one day before the event.  Register here!

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September 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm   |   4:00 pm - 6:30 pm   @  SLO Brew Rock

Demo Day 2021

Demo Day is the culmination of our 3-month accelerator program, during which our startups will pitch their companies and show what they have achieved under the guidance of our dedicated CIE mentors and staff. This year, Demo Day will be held at SLO Brew Rock. Purchase your tickets or join us virtually here.

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October 10   |   12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Elevator Pitch Competition Entries Due

Click here to apply! Hosted in the fall of each academic year, the Elevator Pitch Competition allows students to share product ideas, innovative services, or a startup plan at any stage of development. Students across all majors are encouraged to apply and it is open to students from Cal Poly, Cuesta and Allan Hancock College. First-round entries must be submitted by video and the deadline to apply is Sunday, October 10 by 11:59 p.m. Finalists selected to compete in the final round…

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October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm   |   6:00 pm - 7:30 pm   @  Cal Poly Campus, Bldg 52, Room E27

MedTech Speaker Series: Sean Saint

Join us on October 19 as we speak with Cal Poly & CIE alumni on their MedTech entrepreneurial journeys to successful company exits. Sean Saint is the founder & CEO of Companion Medical, which was recently acquired by Medtronic. Sean is a Cal Poly alum (Mechanical Engineering ‘99) who developed the InPen, the only FDA-cleared smart insulin pen & app on the market. He’s on a mission to revolutionize diabetes care with new technology. Click here to RSVP! These MedTech-inspired…

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