Welcome to the application portal for the 

Cal Poly CIE Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The SBDC promotes the development of technology-focused ventures by providing high-quality business assistance to start-ups and established companies. We help entrepreneurs launch companies, create and retain jobs, and attract capital investment. We are a top resource for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, offering no-cost, expert one-on-one business consulting, training and online courses in startup assistance, debt and equity funding, sales and marketing, international trade and product commercialization.

Open Applications:


AngelCon 2022 Startup Application

This annual event hosts six brilliant tech-driven startups in a pitch competition to win up to $100,000+ in equity-backed funding. See application link below for full requirements. Visit the SBDC Website for more information on the live event. 

Deadline extended to Jan. 23rd at 11:59PM for applicants who experienced technical difficulties and were unable to submit by the original deadline. *email all questions to angelconference@gmail.com


AngelCon 2022 Investor Application

Angel Investors propel early-stage startups by investing money in exchange for ownership equity or convertible debt. We have generated an investment fund financed by local individual investors. See application link below for full requirements and deadlines. Visit the SBDC Website for more information on the live event.


 Incubator Program in the CIE HotHouse

Please know that our area of focus is in supporting tech and innovation startups. More specifically, startups launched by entrepreneurs whose business focus is on innovation. The innovation typically involves new technology or new uses of existing technology. The technology is based on intellectual property (IP) or a new application of existing IP contributing to a strong competitive advantage in the marketplace, serving as a foundation for a high rate of growth.

While tech and innovation is the main focus for the program, other industries are accepted and encouraged to apply. Including but not limited to:

  • Clean tech
  • Ag tech
  • Med tech
  • Aerospace

Deadline extended to Jan. 23rd at 11:59PM for those applicants who experienced technical difficulties and were unable to submit by the original deadline.


$100,000 to grow your startup.

Your startup must:
1) Demonstrate a completed proof of concept with an MVP and/or early revenue.
2) Have potential for scalability and high growth.
3) Have a team with the ability to execute.
4) Be based in Central CA or affiliated with the Cal Poly CIE Incubator or SBDC program

*The application is an initial look into your business for investors to understand what you do. Please keep the media section centered around showcasing your business. 

*DO NOT SUBMIT: Documents like a pitch deck and term sheet. These will come up later in the process, should your application be chosen to move forward in the top 12.

Email questions to angelconference@gmail.com

The area of focus for the CIE Incubator program is to support tech and innovation startups, specifically startups launched by entrepreneurs whose business focus is on innovation. The innovation typically involves new technology or new uses of existing technology. The technology is based on intellectual property (IP) or a new application of existing IP contributing to a strong competitive advantage in the marketplace, serving as a foundation for a high rate of growth.

To be eligible for the Incubator Program you must have at least one full-time employee. If you are currently a student, please apply for our Hatchery program at https://calpolycie.submittable.com/submit.

Please complete all of the questions in the application. Once you submit your application, the Cal Poly CIE team will review it and notify you by the end of the month of your status. You may be called for an interview before your company is admitted to the program.  If you have any questions, please contact calpolycie@gmail.com


To view a list of past Incubator companies visit the CIE Website.

Cal Poly CIE Small Business Development Center