Judges Announced for April 27th Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge

Judges for the 8th Annual Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge include Diana Pereira, Mike Panesis, Kathy Odell, John Richardson, Nathalie Gensac, and John Harmon

Santa Barbara County student entrepreneurs have spent months, if not longer, preparing for the 8th Annual Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge. Now, it is time to meet the men and women from our local business community who will be determining which students walk away from the competition one step closer to launching their own businesses.

Collegiate tier judges:

Diana Pereira – Founder, Balance Financial Management

Mike Panesis – President, Tech Coast Angels Central Coast

Kathy Odell – CEO, Pagliei Collections

High school tier judges:

John Richardson – Senior level technologist and web strategist

Nathalie Gensac – Founder, Youth Interactive

John Harmon – Founder, Oil Slick Beach Tar Remover

“Students throughout Santa Barbara County are fortunate to engage with so many local business professionals during the Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge who dedicate their time and energy to help young entrepreneurs grow and succeed,” said Scheinfeld Center Executive Director Julie Samson. “The mentorship they provide is invaluable to students, and they often continue to support New Venture Challenge finalists years after the competition. Thank you to all mentors who generously share their inspiring entrepreneurial experiences with our next wave of local business leaders.”

Finalists will be announced on April 24th, and the NVC pitch competition will take place on Friday, April 27th at Santa Barbara City College in the Fé Bland Auditorium on West Campus. The students will compete for over $15,000 in cash and scholarship awards.

Collegiate tier pitches will run from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, and winners announced at 4:20 pm. High school tier pitches run from 4:45 – 6:45 pm, and winners announced at 7:00 pm.

For more information and to RSVP, visit scheinfeldnewventurechallenge.org.

About the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The SBCC Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a hub for entrepreneurial development within the South Central Coast community and is a resource for model programs for other California community college districts. The Scheinfeld Center, part of the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship at SBCC, trains global entrepreneurs using a comprehensive approach to academics, hands-on experience, and support. Participants can build their business in the classroom and shore up gaps in their entrepreneurial skill set through the Scheinfeld Center’s distinctive combination of coursework, business plan and pitch competitions, industry internships, no-cost business consulting, mentoring, networking, and post-start-up support through the Small Business Development Center. To learn more, visit www.scheinfeld.sbcc.edu or call 805.965.0581 ext. 3643.

About Santa Barbara City College

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 15,000 students each semester who enroll in courses for transfer preparation, career education, and foundational skills. SBCC was the 2013-2015 national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.

Our Mission: As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student…

Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.

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