Benefits for Tenants

Technology Park

Strategically located on the Cal Poly campus in beautiful San Luis Obispo County, the Cal Poly Technology Park offers companies numerous advantages.

Who should become tenants?

The Cal Poly Technology Park is geared toward technology companies. Cal Poly's "hands-on" applied research focus can help address important technology problems or help apply existing technology in new ways, such as:

  • Advanced software development
  • Bioscience/agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer-aided manufacturing
  • Materials science
  • Nano - and micro-technology
  • Photonics
  • Robotics

Benefits of Tenancy

To assist tenants in the development of critical technologies, the Technology Park provides access to several specialized university facilities. These include:

Rapid Prototyping Facilities

Companies who need to perform rapid prototyping or design for manufacturability can take advantage of Cal Poly resources such as the Guidant Rapid Prototyping Laboratory. In addition, Cal Poly’s Industrial Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Department has two rapid prototyping machines, and the Mechanical Engineering Department houses Cal Poly’s newest rapid prototyping machine. Several companies are currently using these machines for product design and development, and other advanced research projects.

Cal Poly’s Java Center

Companies developing Java-based applications can take advantage of the Cal Poly Java Center Projects Lab, established by a cooperative effort between Cal Poly and Sun Microsystems. In addition to supporting courses in Java programming, the lab provides support for student and faculty projects.

Cisco Network Lab

Companies conducting research in networking can leverage the Cisco Network Lab, a $1 million joint effort by Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation. Companies can use the lab for network configuration and load testing.


  • Opportunities to collaborate with world-class Cal Poly faculty, who focus on applied research and who are interested in, and available for, collaborations with industry
  • Easy access to highly qualified student part-time and temporary workers, interns and future employees
  • Proximity to like-minded technology companies, fostering opportunities for interaction and collaboration
  • Strategic location midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles with convenient access to the San Luis Obispo County Airport
  • Resources to support entrepreneurs


  • Relationship manager to help identify highly qualified student part-time and temporary workers, interns and future employees
  • Access to a network of local business professionals to assist companies in locating investors, financing and business services and basic business functions such as accounting, and human resources.
  • Shared support facilities (conferencing)
  • Access to campus services (fee based) for IT support, graphic design, copy and printing, web design and hosting, and catering.
  • Access to usability test facilities, rapid prototyping laboratories and other university resources (fee based).


  • Right-sized, affordable facilities
  • Market-rate leasing costs
  • Access to usability test facilities, rapid prototyping laboratories and other university resources
  • Bandwidth: Cal Poly students, faculty and staff enjoy high-bandwidth connectivity and extensive networked access via statewide, national and global educational networks. Cal Poly is also a member of the Internet-2 consortium, which is working to create a leading-edge network capability for the national research community.

Cal Poly and its surrounding community are set in a stunning location amid rolling grasslands and native oaks, just twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean in San Luis Obispo County. Strategically located on State Highway 101 midway between San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, Cal Poly offers companies, their employees and families a high quality work environment with excellent quality of life, numerous recreational activities and vibrant cultural life. Additional information is available on the Cal Poly Visitors site.

Location and Local Amenities

Business Community

  • Proximity to several hundred high-tech businesses in San Luis Obispo County, including Adobe Systems, SRI International, Sun Microsystems, Veritas and others
  • Fast travel to San Francisco and Los Angeles by commercial airlines, Amtrak, and state highways
  • Easy air access via San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, connecting internationally via San Francisco, Los Angeles and Phoenix International Airports
  • Competitive labor, facility and telecommunications costs
  • Access to a fiber-optic network running throughout San Luis Obispo, offering high-speed access typically found only in large metropolitan areas

Quality of Life

  • Small-town ambience
  • Excellent public and private schools
  • Ideal climate with smog-free air and sunny, mild winters and summers: average daily temperatures in the winter range from a low of 41°F to a high of 63°F; in the summer, from 54°F to 78°F
  • High-quality restaurants and hotels

Recreational and Cultural Activities

  • Cultural events and groups such as the Gilbert Reed Ballet, Pacific Repertory Opera, San Luis Obispo Symphony, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and annual San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival
  • The Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo
  • Year-round recreational activities, including golf, sailing, surfing, fishing, camping, bicycling, hiking and water sports
  • Proximity to attractions such as Hearst Castle and award-winning local wineries
  • Family-oriented weekly farmer's markets

For more information ...

See the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Jim Dunning at (805) 756-5551.

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