Application & Benefits

Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors from the 5Cs may apply during the Fall semester to be accepted into the CIE Fellows Program.

For the 2021-22 academic year, the deadline for submitting an application to join the Fellows Program is Sunday September 18 , 2020 at 11:55 PST.

Applications should be submitted using the Handshake app and can be found at:

  • Application Deadline: September 18, 2021 (11:55pm)
  • To apply, students must be in good standing
  • The written application will include a statement of demonstrated interest in innovation and entrepreneurship

In line with CMC’s mantra of “learn by doing”, the RLCIE will follow a similar path for students that are interested in joining the Fellows Program in the Fall of 2021.

All students that apply prior to the deadline and are in good academic standing will have the opportunity to earn their way into the Fellows Program. Rather than making decisions based on an interview, applicants will be required to participate in a series of four workshops and a pitch contest during the Fall semester that make up the RLCIE 1st Year CORE. These events are open exclusively to students actively seeking to join the RLCIE Fellows Program. All students that complete those requirements will earn their way into the program and become RLCIE Fellows Candidates.

The required RLCIE 1st Year CORE workshops will be led by Kevin Meredith of Fourth Sector Innovations ( and include:

Workshop Date Time

The Integrated Innovation System Canvas Friday, 9/24 1-3pm 

Stakeholder Discovery Friday, 10/8 1-3pm

The Business Model Canvas Friday, 10/22 1-3pm

The Art of the Pitch Friday, 11/19 1-3pm

1st Year Pitch Contest Friday, 12/3 1-3pm

In addition to earning their place as an RLCIE Fellows Candidate, students that complete the 1st Year Core requirement begin the onboarding process into the program and unlock access to several benefits of the program available exclusively to RLCIE Fellows Candidates including: 

  • Welcome to the RLCIE swag pack
  • Connection made to a more senior Fellows Candidate for informal mentoring and guidance
  • Access to an exclusive and required 2nd Year Core workshop series:
    • Building Your Entrepreneurial Network
    • Negotiation Skills
    • Characteristics of Successful vs Unsuccessful Businesses 
    • Putting Lean Fundamentals into Action
  • Invitation to attend RLCIE Networking Series events
  • Regular advising sessions with the RLCIE’s Executive Director and CMC’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Ron LaPierre
  • Potential sponsored internship support
  • Fast-track admissions process for the Silicon Valley Program 
  • Input on future workshop topics or specific professional development and networking sessions
  • Priority registration for RLCIE events if we face space constraints or other seat limits in our events
  • The opportunity to serve of RLCIE’s Student Leadership Team, where students can help guide the evolution of our programming, propose new initiatives, and help execute our events.

Feel free to email Ron LaPierre at with any questions.