The engineering company Parsons has donated $20,000 toward Cal Poly’s Innovation Quest competition, a university effort to promote student entrepreneurship in architecture, engineering and construction.
The Pasadena-based company gave $10,000 toward the 2015 iQ competition and another $10,000 to assist with the presentation of the iQ program, which is in its 12th year.
Innovation Quest was founded by three Cal Poly alumni and a faculty member. They include Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Carson Chen, Rich Boberg, and Laura Pickering, along with former electrical engineering professor Mike Cirovic.
Students who enter the competition must outline a creative concept and complete a mentorship process of several workshops to fine-tune their ideas. Those projects that make the final stage must show potential for commercial viability and a market plan.
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The competition provides a framework for students to develop their ideas into companies.
For more information about the competition, go to innovationquest.org.