Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cal Poly Invites Entrepreneurs, Innovators to Oct. 23 TechPitch Event

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Cal Poly invites all entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts to the third annual TechPitch competition from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo.

At the event, eight applicants will pitch their viable technology-related business ideas to a panel of industry experts and investors. One winner will be chosen to receive follow-up services, contacts, and opportunities from affiliate organizations.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to cast their vote for the Viewers' Choice Award.

The event is put on by the Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation, Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Softec, the Economic Vitality Corporation, and the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College. It is sponsored by Madonna Inn.

"Not only is the program current and relevant - with a crowdfunding expert keynote speaker and updates on new Securities and Exchange Commission rules - but the pitches are entertaining and exciting, and the networking could change the course for your business or career," said past attendee Thea Chase, director of the Cal Poly SBDC.

Sean Read, a Cal Poly MBA student, said, "I'm excited not just for the pitches, but also for the whole night of fun that comes along with them. Dinner, drinks and a night of networking with prominent industry experts appeals to my entrepreneurial spirit and will help my future professional career."

Registration is required. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $59 person, $400 for a table of eight, and $29 for students.

For more information and to register, go to or call Judy Mahan, assistant director of the Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation, at 805-756-5171.

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