April 14, 2016

Contact: Candice Conti

Cal Poly Summer Camp Teaches Kids Fundamental Building Blocks of Business

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and Extended Education are accepting applications for Launch It!, a five-day summer entrepreneurship camp for kids in grades five through eight.

Students in the Launch It! program will be introduced to the concept of innovation and entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. Through hands-on, team-based activities, students will learn about the process of customer development, marketing and basic finance. They will learn how to identify and solve problems, build a prototype, and pitch a product.

They will also get to experience the Cal Poly campus and the downtown SLO HotHouse, interact with business professionals and young entrepreneurs, and discover the benefits of a college education.

“Entrepreneurial skills are going to be the competitive advantage for 21st century kids,” said Jonathan York, CIE co-founder and faculty director. “Though many dream of minting the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs, entrepreneur camps aren’t just about making future tech billionaires; they are also about igniting the campers’ spirit of creativity, innovation and learning.”

Two Launch It! sessions are planned from 8:15 to 4 p.m. June 13-17 and 20-24. Families are encouraged to register soon, because space is limited. To learn more about the program or to register, visit

About the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship manages and supports a wide variety of programs and activities to stimulate the entrepreneurial Learn by Doing spirit at Cal Poly and to assist entrepreneurs in following their dreams. For more information, go to

About Cal Poly Extended Education
Cal Poly Extended Education expands access to Cal Poly’s resources by developing, launching and administering academic, professional and noncredit programs on a self-supporting basis for all members of the local community and matriculated Cal Poly students.

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