Welcome to the application portal for the 

Cal Poly CIE SBDC

The Cal Poly Small Business Development Center (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. The SBDC is 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:

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.

To view a list of past Incubator companies visit:  https://cie.calpoly.edu/launch/hothouse-incubator-2/graduated-incubator-companies/


AngelCon 2021: 

Investor Application

Angel Investors propel early-stage startups by investing money in exchange for ownership equity or convertible debt. The SBDC has generated an investment fund financed by local individual investors. 

Contribute to our local economy by becoming an active investor and learn to spot groundbreaking new business ventures and innovative technology. If you are interested in joining the next fund, please apply here. 

Startup Application

AngelCon is an annual event in which six innovative and disruptive startups compete for $100,000+ in investment funding to help grow their business.

Submit your applications and join the ranks of De Oro Devices and Atlas Alpha  who collectively won $220,000 and received approximately $1M in follow-up investments.

To apply 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 California.

This form is intended for individuals who are joining AngelCon 2021 Fund 4.

$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 scalablity and high growth.
3) Have a team with the ability to execute.
4) Be based in Central California. 

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.

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 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.

Cal Poly CIE SBDC