Sun Microsystems Campus Incubator Program Launches

February 5, 2001

PALO ALTO, CA – Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW)

today announced the acceptance of the first participants into the Sun

Campus Incubator Program. Cal Poly’s College of Business is the first of eight business schools participating to have plans identified, and students began “incubating” their e-business ideas in January 2001. To date, there are three plans that have been jointly reviewed by Sun and Diamondhead Ventures accepted into the program.

The proposed businesses and the team members accepted into the Sun Campus Incubator Program at Cal Poly are:

  • Career Athletes – Yong Cho, Todd Lockwood, Buck Lucas, Ashley

    Mitchell, Christine Molina

  • MyNetAdmin – Eric Law, Edward Lin, John Kew, Brian Paper, Jim Kaney, Santiago del Rio, Tim Cutting

  • NoDeception – Tim Cutting, Craig Chinn, Jim Kaney, Matt Swann,

    Santiago del Rio, Brian Paper

Through the Sun Campus Incubator Program, selected teams headed up by a graduate business school student are provided with a technical infrastructure to develop their e-business ideas while still in school. Sun selects up to five business plans from every university enrolled in the program. The selections are made based upon recommendations from participating faculties and venture capital firms. Selected plans receive six months of free access to the Sun incubator facility, which is hosted individually at the participating university.

As a result, business school students may turn their ideas into successful

businesses faster than ever at minimal cost to themselves.

“My teammates and I are excited about the opportunity to incubate our

business concepts using the latest Sun hardware and software over the next

six months,” said Santiago Del Rio, a CalPoly student and program

participant on two of the three teams selected. “The Sun Campus Incubator

enables us to focus our efforts on developing a successful prototype for

both NoDeception & MyNetAdmin.”

Team members are provided access to a robust configuration of Sun hardware

and software, valued at $275,000. In addition, Oracle is providing free

access to the Oracle-8i or Oracle-9i Application Server software.

“Oracle is committed to enabling the growth of new e-businesses through

innovative programs such as Sun’s Campus Incubator Program,” said Juan

Jones, Oracle vice president, Platform Technologies Division. “Oracle’s

world class database combined with the Oracle-9i Application Server

provides these young entrepreneurs with a solid platform and springboard

for future success.”

The Sun Campus Incubator Program consists of Sun Ray 1 enterprise

appliances and a fully operational campus data center. The systems are

loaded with software, including the Sun Developer Essentials((superscript:

SM)) Software Enterprise Edition, a complete set of cross-platform

enterprise tools including Netscape, iPlanet and the Solaris Operating

Environment, and StarOffice 5.2, a cross-platform office productivity


“Many of today’s leading technology-based companies, including Sun, got

their start in University environments,” said Kim Jones, vice president for

Global Education & Research at Sun Microsystems, Inc. “We take great pride

in providing tomorrow’s business leaders with an enabling environment where

innovation is captured and encouraged to develop to its full potential.”

Sun Campus Incubator Program

Sun developed the Campus Incubator Program to support student entrepreneurs

in developing their e-business concepts, as an academic environment

facilitates collaboration among students and faculty. For more information

please visit

Universities participating in the program include:

  • College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis

    Obispo, Calif.

  • Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India

  • Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University,

    Evanston, Ill.

  • Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • The Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, China

  • Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • InterUniversity Computational Center (IUCC) Tel Aviv University

    Campus, Israel

  • Theseus International Management Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France

Participating venture capital firms include:

  • Diamondhead Ventures, Menlo Park, Calif.

  • Formula Ventures, Herzliya, Israel

  • AsiaTech Ventures (PTE) Ltd., Singapore

  • eXseed Venture Capital LTD, Tel Aviv, Israel

Contact Information

Cal Poly:

Sarah Pahlow

Graduate Programs, College of Business

(805) 756-2637

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