Cal Poly Center Named Finalist for National Entrepreneurship Award

The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is one of two finalists for the 2018 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program award.

The winner of the award will be announced during USASBE’s annual conference on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. The other national model finalist is the University of Syracuse.

“Regardless of what happens, this is a prestigious honor for our program,” said Jonathan York, CIE interim executive director and co-founder. “This recognition indicates that we are at the leading edge in our comprehensive approach to entrepreneurship education, and it is very gratifying for our efforts to be validated by our peers.”

USASBE is the nation’s largest organization of teachers, scholars and practitioners in entrepreneurship.

USASBE’s Model Program award is given annually to a university entrepreneurship program that has developed and offers high-quality innovative programs to educate and develop future generations of entrepreneurs. Programs are evaluated on innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability, transferability, depth of support and impact.

Past winners for the USASBE National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program award have included San Diego State University, Baylor University, the University of Tampa, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State University and Ball State.

Contact: Candice Conti

About the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The CIE opens a world of entrepreneurial opportunity to Cal Poly students, faculty and community members and promotes entrepreneurial activity and dialogue across the university and throughout San Luis Obispo County. For more information, go to

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