Feb. 5, 2013

Contact: Kristin Kenney
949-294-6129; kkenney@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly to Host Entrepreneurship Forum Feb. 11

SAN LUIS OBISPO -- The Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will host “Entrepreneurship Gets Big: Maintaining Your Entrepreneurial Edge as Your Company Grows” at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion.

The event will explore how businesses can stay nimble and maintain a sense of culture and innovation as growth escalates.

“As a company experiences rapid growth, the organization needs to scale and push decision making further down into the organization,” said panelist Mike Tate. “Keeping an entrepreneurial mindset can help unite groups and inspire innovation at all levels.”

The PEN (Pitches, Exhibits & Networking) portion of the evening will feature winning teams from January’s Startup Weekend SLO. At the recent event, more than 80 community and student entrepreneurs spent 54 chaotic hours preparing to launch 13 businesses, including a farmers’ market delivery service and crowd-sourced event seating software.

Panelists at the Feb. 11 event will include Jon Avina, partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Audrey Van Belleghem, director of strategic programs at NetApp; Rick Stollmeyer, founder & CEO of Mindbody Inc.; and Mike Tate, former vice president of Finance & CFO of NetLogic MicroSystems Inc.

CIE Forums are free and open to the public; advance registration is required. Attendees may choose to support entrepreneurship and innovation at Cal Poly by becoming Pioneer Pass holders, which allows CIE to uphold the quality and longevity of the Forum Series by allowing registrants to pledge $100 for recognition and expedited registration for the 2012-13 Forum series.

For more information and to register, visit cie.calpoly.edu.

About the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

CIE opens a world of entrepreneurial opportunity to Cal Poly students and faculty members and promotes entrepreneurial activity, scholarship and dialogue across the university and throughout San Luis Obispo County.

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