Welcome to the application portal for the 


Cal Poly CIE Startup
Incubator Program in the SLO 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

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 in for an in-person interview before your company is admitted to the program.

The area of focus for the Startup Incubator program at the SLO HotHouse 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.

Please answer all questions in the application. If you have any questions, please contact Incubator Director Judy Mahan at jmahan@calpoly.edu or call the SLO HotHouse at (805) 756-5171.

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