What We're All About

Mission-Driven 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

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Our Mission is two-fold:


  1. Accelerate the progress of Cal Poly startups that make positive social or environmental impact.
  2. Help Cal Poly students learn about entrepreneurship and early-stage investing by embodying the University’s learn-by-doing philosophy.


PCV will never pay out profits to its Officers. Rather, we reinvest all realized returns back into Cal Poly startups. 

Clean Tech & Social Impact Investors

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We invest in Mustangs working to better the world.


PCV is accelerating clean tech innovation and social entrepreneurship at Cal Poly. 


We do this through fundraising, managing, and deploying impact-oriented funds like our Climate Changers Fund.

Run by Student and Alumni Volunteers

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Your donations go where they should.


All members of the PCV team volunteer their efforts solely for the experience, without compensation. Our student team runs the PCV day-to-day while our alumni board provides advice, legal oversight, internal controls, and fundraising.


Through our volunteer-based structure, we guarantee that nearly every penny donated goes directly into funding for Cal Poly startups.

We Help Cal Poly Startups Grow

Poly Canyon Ventures is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded and managed by Cal Poly students. We provide high-impact Cal Poly student-led startups with funding, consulting, and other resources to help them grow and thrive.


Through managing impact-specific funds, like our Climate Changers Fund in partnership with SLO Mayor Heidi Harmon and the Cal Poly Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability, we are accelerating ethical innovation and entrepreneurship at Cal Poly. 

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