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.
Ends on May 21, 2018

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.