|About||CIE manages and supports a wide variety of programs and activities to stimulate the entrepreneurial Learn by Doing spirit at Cal Poly.|
|Mission||The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship manages and supports a wide variety of programs and activities to stimulate the entrepreneurial Learn by Doing spirit at Cal Poly and assist entrepreneurs in following their dreams. For more information, go to cie.calpoly.edu.|
The CIE is designed to open the world of entrepreneurial opportunity to Cal Poly students and faculty members and promotes entrepreneurial activity, scholarship and dialogue across the university and throughout greater San Luis Obispo County.
We do this by:
•Creating a continuum of programs and activities to develop the entrepreneurial mindset and skill set of our students in our “learn by doing” culture (refer to Appendix E, pg. 22).
•Advocating for and coordinating education in entrepreneurship and innovation across all University disciplines.
•Nurturing student vision and professional initiative through exposure to entrepreneurial leaders in internships and mentoring.
•Creating networking opportunities for entrepreneurs that will yield critical partnerships and relationships.
•Organizing and promoting venture competitions for students.
•Supporting University programs and activities fostering technology commercialization.
Bi-quarterly events that focus on new topics and bring industry experts, community members, and students.
Individual meetings and classroom talks between seasoned entrepreneurs and students to exchange ideas and advice.
Connects students who seek experience in a startup with entrepreneurs who need extra manpower to run their ventures.
--Ray Scherr Elevator Pitch Competition--
The lively event in which students pitch their ideas in 90-second, no prop presentations. Participants prepare and present their material over the course of several weeks, receiving guidance and feedback from industry leaders, faculty and their peers. On the final competition day, winners are selected in three categories including: individual, group and the people’s choice. A panel of judges including Founders’ Circle members and venture capitalists select the winners in the main categories.
Hot House, the capstone program of the year, enlists 10 multi-disciplinary teams in an intensive three-month compressed business incubation process. Teams are provided the opportunity to advance their business ideas, with office space, mentors and other resources. Mentors (head coaches and technical coaches) are essential to the success of the program, providing guidance, as well as specific expertise. Mentors also connect student entrepreneurs to their networks, which propels progress.