The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a hub for entrepreneurial development at SBCC and within the community.

We train entrepreneurs using a comprehensive approach that combines academics, hands-on experience, and support. You can build your business in the classroom and shore up gaps in your entrepreneurial skill set through our distinctive combination of coursework, business plan and pitch competitions, internships, no-cost business consulting, mentoring, networking, and post-start-up support. At the same time, you can earn an A.A. degree, certificate, or competency award in Entrepreneurship. You will find that entrepreneurship is more than an academic discipline at Santa Barbara City College—it’s our passion, and we’re here to assist you in finding your shine as an entrepreneur!

SUCCESS STORIES

Fuelbox

Fuelbox

Robert Herr and Dan Friedman were both looking for a dare to be great when they met their second year at Santa Barbara City College. Both were ambitious, and both were looking for something to start and grow into a business.

LifeCycle Gardens - Justin Connell

LifeCycle Gardens - Justin Connell

Justin Connell won two Scheinfeld Center business pitch competitions in 2012: Enterprise Launch Demo Day and the 2nd Annual Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge (NVC) from which won the grand prize of $4,000 in seed capital. Soon after winning these competitions, he also received $250,000 from an outside investor, valuing his company at $1 Million!

JOHN HARMON: OIL SLICK™ BEACH TAR REMOVER

JOHN HARMON: OIL SLICK™ BEACH TAR REMOVER

Local SBCC student and surfer, John Harmon, was tired of cleaning the tar off his feet with harsh chemicals after he went surfing. So, he created his own eco-friendly non-toxic beach tar remover: Oil Slick™

SPENCER SHULEM: ONUS

SPENCER SHULEM: ONUS

At the age of 12, Spencer Shulem created his first business, a tech review website which garnered 1.5 million visitors in its first month. His entrepreneurial achievements continued, and in late 2014 he launched his mobile app, called Onus™, due largely to the guidance and connections he received from the Scheinfeld Center’s Enterprise Launch™ program and the New Venture Challenge business plan and pitch competition.

Doni Nahmias: Fortune Designs™

Doni Nahmias: Fortune Designs™

When SBCC student, Doni Nahmias, found his first business did not work out as planned, he didn’t let that stop him from creating a second. Doni, a Spring 2014 participant in the New Venture Challenge, said “If one project doesn’t work you have to be able to let it go and move on to the next.”