Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


The CIE 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). It is an off-campus location that houses CIE programs. The goal of the HotHouse is to support students and community members as they work to create new innovations and start business ventures.

The HotHouse is a space that seeks to attract and support the most vibrant talent and promising innovators and entrepreneurs in an effort to build a unique and passionate startup culture in San Luis Obispo.

In addition to the downtown SLO HotHouse location, we have recently added another location that is 4,100-square-foot space, named the HotHouse Annex. It houses CIE programming too as well as a lab that creates opportunities for entrepreneurs, including community members, students and faculty, to develop new technologies and accelerate into the commercial sector.

The CIE HotHouse and the CIE HotHouse Annex are the heart of innovation and entrepreneurship in San Luis Obispo. Watch the video below for an inside look.


Located in Downtown San Luis Obispo, the SLO HotHouse is home to: