The CIE Faculty Fellows program supports the professional growth and development of tenure-track faculty members who are motivated to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship and committed to growing the entrepreneurial culture at Cal Poly. 

Thank you for your interest. 

Completed applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, September 27.  

You'll be asked to input the following into the Submittable system. 

  1. A brief cover letter
  2. A proposal (2 pages max, 11 points, 1.5 spacing)
  3. A CV    

You can save your work and come back to your application at a later time. If you have questions, please reach out to Lynn Metcalf: 

Cover Letter Guidelines:

CIE Faculty Fellows become part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty community that is committed to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. Give us a sense of who you are. Things you might talk about include:

  • Why you're excited about innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Why you're motivated to reach out across silos and to form connections with the CIE Faculty Fellows
  • Why it's important to you to champion student and faculty engagement with CIE's co-curricular programming

Proposal Guidelines:

  1. Discuss how you'll engage with and support CIE student innovation and entrepreneurship programs over the 3-year fellowship period. 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
  2. Also tell us what entreprepreneurial learning opportunity most appeals to you and how this will help you grow your capacity to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in your students. This could be discipline specific, such as the Entrepreneurial Journalism Educators Summit, or a general entrepreneurship conference, such as the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference.

An Eye to the Future:

We don't expect you to predict the future in your proposal, but you should know, there's no telling where your involvement with CIE Faculty Fellows may lead. It's likely that ideas will germinate in Year 1 and grow as you engage with others in the CIE Faculty Fellows community. We will sit down with you and help you develop your ideas for Years 2 and 3.

Examples of new programs proposed by CIE Faculty Fellows in Years 2, 3 and beyond 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
  • Go! Grants (Graham Doig), which support the spin-out of student innovations developed in the PROVE Lab to Innovation Quest, the Hatchery, and the Accelerator
  • Discipline-specific courses with entrepreneurial content for the Entrepreneurship Minor: Architectural Design Studio (Clare Olsen); Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness (Christiane Schroeter); Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Mary Glick); and BioMedical Entrepreneurship (Bob Crockett)
  • Interdisciplinary curricular collaborations, such as the Integrated Marketing Communications Minor (GrC, JOUR, Marketing) and Solving Big World Challenges (David Askay and Lynn Metcalf)

Interdisciplinary research collaborations have emerged as well.

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 19th at midnight.
  • Submissions may be entered by teams or individuals.
  • 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 25th between 5:00 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 7th, 2018 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.

The Hatchery is an on-campus program for the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship that fosters entrepreneurship initiatives and the development of student-led startups. The program is open for all Cal Poly students interested in learning about starting a business and how you get from an idea to a company. 

Through mentorship, weekly workshops, startup assignments, and an array of other activities and events, students will gain hands-on experience in launching a company. They will develop essential entrepreneurial skills in communication, goal setting, and leadership. The Hatchery bridges the silos that separate students in their respective colleges with the philosophy that multidisciplinary teams are essential to the success of building a business.

The main pillars of The Hatchery include:

  • Weekly Workshops– Participants  in The Hatchery will meet for weekly workshops designed to provide an interactive framework for teaching entrepreneurial lessons. Instead of the standard “lecture,” mentors will facilitate discussions and activities geared toward various startup topics, such as customer development, pitching, finance, and market analysis.
  • Shared Office Space– 24-7 access to The Hatchery will be granted to participating students that have met certain criteria of business development and commitment. Access will be determined by the CIE Innovation Coordinator and The Hatchery Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) on a rolling basis. Hatchery teams with 24-7 access will be able to use the facility for meetings, brainstorming, and working on their business as well as for networking with other Hatchery teams.
  • Peer Network– The peer network that develops organically at The Hatchery is invaluable. Being surrounded by a group of like-minded and driven individuals cultivates a culture of shared-learning and creativity that’s unique to The Hatchery. Roundtable discussions encourage the flow of ideas and allow students to share valuable feedback and knowledge with others in the program.
  • Mentor Network– The Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has established a vast network of mentors in the community, from technology entrepreneurs to accountants and attorneys. The Hatchery engages these mentors through content workshops and founders’ stories sessions, and facilitates the connection with specific teams as needed.