Thank you for your interest in the CIE Faculty Fellows program. Completed applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 5.

You'll be asked to input the following into the Submittable system.
  1. A brief cover letter
  2. Identify the conference you’d like to attend in Year 1 and explain how it will support your efforts to bring entrepreneurial thinking and action into your classes and co-curricular experiences for students (max 300 words).
  3. Upload a 2-page proposal (2 pages max, 11 points, 1.5 spacing).
  4. Upload a CV   
Proposal Guidelines:
Discuss how you'll engage with and support CIE student innovation and entrepreneurship programs over the 3-year fellowship period. Identify specific goals and outcomes for each of the three years. CIE programs include the Entrepreneurship Minor, Startup Weekend, Camp PolyHacks, Innovation Quest, the Hatchery, and the Accelerator. You can learn more about these programs at

Alternatively, you can propose a new program to support student engagement in entrepreneurial activities. Discuss how the program will be
  • supported by your college (financial, logistics, and communication)
  • sustainable and ongoing (beyond the three-year fellowship period)
Examples of new programs proposed by Faculty Fellows include
  • Pitch2Programmers (David Janzen), which engages computer science senior-project students with Hatchery and Accelerator teams, as well as community entrepreneurs
  • Journalism Innovation Challenge (Mary Glick) and Farm to Table Innovation Challenge (Christiane Schroeter), both of which have the potential to spark student engagement with CIE programs
You’ll be able to save your work and come back to your application at a later time. If you have questions, please reach out to Lynn Metcalf:

We look forward to reviewing your proposal.

Ends on October 20, 2017
Do you have a wild idea? Do you want to win $1000 for it? All you have to do is pitch it to us in 90 seconds. No business plan, no entry fee, just an idea for a product or service.

Imagine entering an elevator with a potential partner or investor, with only 20 floors to spark interest. The 8th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition is designed to simulate this interaction by giving Cal Poly students a chance to pitch their ideas in 90 seconds or less.

Students with product ideas, awesome innovations, a genuine start-up, or just a desire to practice their presentation skills are encouraged to enter.

To enter, you will need to fill out this application, and include a link to a YouTube vide of your Elevator Pitch (90 seconds or less). 

If you need a recording device, check out the One Button Studio at The Kennedy Library:

  • There is no fee for entry.
  • Entrants will have up to 90 seconds to present their idea.
  • No audio, visual aids, props, notes or handouts allowed.
  • The entire pitch must be given by one person only.
  • Registrations must be received by Friday, October 20th at midnight.
  • Submissions may be entered by individuals or teams (up to 5 members).
  • Each team or individual may enter up to three ideas.
  • Each team must have at least 50% full-time students; if you are submitting as an individual, you must be a currently registered student.
  • Entries must be the original work of entrants.
  • Communication will be through Cal Poly e-mail address and it is the responsibility of the participants to check for correspondence.
  • Ideas that have won prize money in a prior year are not eligible to participate unless significantly re-tooled. This will be a decision of the CIE team.
  • If chosen as a semi-finalist, the presenting member of the team must be available to present to a panel of judges on Thursday, October 26th between 5:30 and 7:00PM, in the SLO HotHouse.
  • If chosen as a finalist, the presenting member of the team must be present at the Center For Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s Forum on Wednesday, November 8th, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Failure to show up will result in the forfeiture of any prize won.
  • Must be a currently registered student.