On the Cal Poly Campus at Mt. Bishop & Highland Drive
San Luis Obispo, CAlifornia 93407
The Cal Poly Technology Park is a home on campus for technology-based businesses -- particularly firms engaged in applied research and development. The park increases collaboration between Cal Poly and industry and enhances the ability of park tenants to draw from the expertise of Cal Poly faculty and students.
A university-related technology park is not an industrial park. Nor is it a “research” park in the sense currently used by many private, non-university affiliated business parks, or simply an attractive environment for R&D companies. The connections between the tenants and the university are clear and explicit and drive all decision-making relative to the direction and future development of the park.
The Cal Poly-affiliated technology park has two basic functions: first, to foster the exchange of technical knowledge and expertise between the educational and business communities; and second, to provide physical space and services to facilitate this exchange. The park is envisioned as housing two kinds of entrepreneurial entities: "permanent" business tenants who engage in research and development activities and wish to be close to and collaborate with University faculty and students; and emerging companies that require the attendant support services and assistance of a transitional, incubator environment. Increasing evidence shows that both forms of activity are achievable and are of real benefit to the campus. Local companies, as well as others from outside the community, are currently and continue to express serious interest in being permanent tenants in a Cal Poly technology park.
Criteria have been developed to determine “eligibility” of businesses for tenancy in the technology park. The business should be technology-based with a focus complementary to Cal Poly’s technical programs. It should also be able to demonstrate how location on the campus and access to students and faculty will be beneficial to both the business and the university. A significant aspect of the business should be applied research and advanced development. The scope of R&D activities in the park will ideally represent a broad array of technology areas that mesh with Cal Poly’s curricular strengths and faculty expertise.
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