Cal Poly CIE Hosts Demo Day Entrepreneur Event September 13th – Cal Poly News
Cal Poly’s top innovators showcase their startups after three months of intense growth.
SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will showcase seven startups at its annual Demo Day on Tuesday, September 13 in person at the SLO Brew Rock and online via YouTube Live.
The event is the culmination of the CIE’s 2022 Summer Accelerator program, an intensive 13-week program helping Cal Poly students and recent graduates to grow their startup ideas into scalable companies. Representatives from each startup will present their business ideas and what they have achieved with the help of dedicated CIE mentors and staff.
“This year’s cohort is trainable, curious, professional and eager to add their own chapters to Cal Poly and the history of CIE’s corporate success,” said Jose Huitron, CIE’s director of student innovation programs, who oversees program delivery and student mentoring. guided ventures. “I look forward to Demo Day and the students showing the community what’s possible when you embrace entrepreneurship and innovation to bring ideas to life.”
The summer program offers teams $10,000 in seed funding to build their startups, as well as access to mentoring from industry experts and customized workshops that delve into the ins and outs of building a business. Demo Day gives these teams the opportunity to show how hard work and collaboration have prepared them to take their startups to the next phase.
The cohort spans a variety of industries and disciplines, including accessible technology, menstrual comfort apparel, and firearm safety:
– impudence has developed a reusable, machine washable and leak-proof menstrual pant that offers comfort and protection during sleep. The startup was founded by McCall Brinskele, an industrial engineering graduate student from Marin County, and Mariana Inofuentes from Denton, Texas, who recently graduated with an industrial engineering degree.
– Grip safe develops a patented firearm safety device that makes AR-15 style rifles safe for storage, transport and handling, all through an interchangeable grip attachment. The start-up team consists of founder and CEO Shaun Tanaka, a public policy graduate student from Sherman Oaks, California, and contractor Dylan DeFazio, a mechanical engineering junior from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
– quickie is a delivery service that provides college students with select food, beverages and other essentials within 2 miles of campus via electric scooter and bike in 10 minutes or less. It was founded by Matthew Menno and William Tregenza, junior business executives from Arroyo Grande, California.
– Ryde carpool develops a social ridesharing marketplace where college students can buy and sell empty seats in each other’s vehicles. The startup was founded by computer science student Emily Gavrilenko from Antioch, California, recent veteran industrial management graduate Johnny Morris from Berkeley, California, and computer science junior Josh Wong from San Francisco.
– made sustainable uses technology to reduce the amount of water, waste, transportation and labor required to grow strawberries. The startup was founded by newly qualified business economist Corrine Cooper from Boulder, Colorado.
– Venture.Rent develops software to connect outdoor equipment rental shops and consumers. The startup was founded by Shubh Khandhadia, a senior business administrator from Irvine, California.
– X adapt develops a compact, powerful and intuitive mobility device for people with disabilities. The startup was founded by Evan Lalanne, Senior Manufacturing Engineering Senior from Arroyo Grande, California.
General admission tickets for the SLO Brew Rock demo day are $10. Personal seating is limited. The event will also be livestreamed for those who register for virtual tickets. Register for tickets at DemoDay22.eventbrite.com.
Demo Day is organized by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professional Corp. sponsored, a law firm specializing in commercial, securities and intellectual property law.
About the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The CIE opens a world of entrepreneurial opportunity for Cal Poly students, faculty and community members and encourages entrepreneurial activity and dialogue throughout the university and throughout San Luis Obispo County. For more information, see cie.calpoly.edu.
Top Photo: Cal Poly Engineering Senior Evan Lalanne of Arroyo Grande introduces his startup X-Adapt.
Cal Poly graduate Corinne Cooper introduces her startup Sustainamade.
Cal Poly junior Matthew Menno introduces his startup Quickie.
Photos by Ruby Wallau
August 31, 2022
Contact: Stephanie Zombek
805-756-5171; [email protected]
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