Registration Open for SBCC Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge – Pitch Your Business Idea and Win Awards

Business plan and pitch competition open to Santa Barbara County college and high school students

The Santa Barbara City College Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is accepting applications for the 7th Annual New Venture Challenge business plan and pitch competition.  The event is open to SBCC students and all college and high school students in Santa Barbara County.

“The New Venture Challenge gives our next generation of innovators an opportunity to showcase their business concepts to the community,” said Julie Samson, Director of the Scheinfeld Center. “The competition promotes youth entrepreneurship and career development, and provides an opportunity for local students to interact, network, and further educate themselves on the process of creating a business plan and pitching their concept.”

The New Venture Challenge is divided into two separate tiers: tier one for high school students and tier two for college students. From the business plan submissions, ten finalists will be chosen from each tier and invited to pitch their concept at the Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge.

Local business executives, bankers, investors, and entrepreneurs are selected to identify finalists and judge at the pitch competition.

“Thanks to our generous donors — including Montecito Bank & Trust, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation, and Southern California Edison — the winning students will be receiving start-up cash, scholarships and in-kind opportunities totaling at least $15,000,” said Samson.

The funds are awarded as a grant with reporting requirements.  Each winner receives no-cost business counseling and mentorship from the Small Business Development Center and reports back periodically on their use of the funds and their entrepreneurial and academic endeavors.

The submission deadline is April 20, 2017.  Finalists from each tier will be announced on April 25, 2017 and the New Venture Challenge Pitch Competition will be held April 28, 2017 on Santa Barbara City College campus. The 2017 New Venture Challenge awards dinner will follow on May 5.

Registration and submission is a one step process.  To apply, visit Fill out the form completely, obtain necessary signatures, and prepare necessary attachments.  If you have any questions, contact the Scheinfeld Center at


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 serves as an entrepreneurship program model for other California community colleges. The Scheinfeld Center develops global entrepreneurs using a comprehensive approach to academics, hands-on experience, and support. Participants build their business in the classroom and shore up gaps in their entrepreneurial skillset 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 or call 805.965.0581 ext. 3643.




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