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Orfalea College of Business

Dan Weeks

Dan Weeks

Office 02-206
Phone 805-756-1751

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Dan Weeks

Dan worked at Hewlett-Packard for twenty-five years in a variety of engineering and engineering management positions before starting his first company, BrightScope Inc., a financial information and technology company. The company sold to a private equity firm after eight years of hard work and with over sixty employees.

Dan moved to San Luis Obispo in 2013 to help establish the entrepreneurship effort at Cal Poly. He was the founding entrepreneur-in-residence for the SLO Hothouse (Cal Poly’s business incubator in downtown SLO) and continues in that role. Dan has mentored numerous student entrepreneurs and community members since moving to SLO.

More recently, Dan’s focus has expanded beyond mentoring and teaching and now encompasses social entrepreneurship. In 2017, Dan led the business-development effort for the SLO County Office of Education to implement grant-funded, bootcamp-style tech certification training programs, which were developed using the startup framework taught in BUS 310. The programs include several weeks of training followed by a year-long paid apprenticeship with local employers to enable participants to secure a “Ticket into Tech.” In the first year of the program, 940 local people applied for 30 openings, and it became the most successful tech apprenticeship program in the state of California for the number of employers involved.


  • BS Computer Science, Cal Poly SLO
  • UCSD Extension, Executive Program for Scientists and Engineers


  • Engineering management, Hewlett-Packard (over 20 years)
  • Founder and COO/president, BrightScope Inc.
  • Founder and CEO, DMscore Inc.
  • Founding co-chairman and current chairman, Cal Poly Computer Science and Software Engineering Industrial Advisory Board
  • Business liaison, Tech Apprenticeships, SLO County Office of Education
  • Cal Poly President’s Local Economic Development Committee; member of each of the three task forces: startups, business attraction and retention, and continuing education/talent development
  • Entrepreneur-in-residence at the SLO HotHouse
  • Chairman, Templeton High School Career Technical Education Advisory Board

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