The Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Foundation’s soefoundation.org/ Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ are designed to recognize the contributions of outstanding women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County to the economy as well as to support future economic growth through the recognition, financial support and education of student entrepreneurs. In a very real way, we honor women entrepreneurs for the benefit of student entrepreneurs.
Working with the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship at Santa Barbara City College, the Foundation provides prizes (in the form of seed capital), and scholarships for high school and collegiate student entrepreneurs (or teams of students) who win the Scheinfeld Center's New Venture Challenge competition.
lynda weinmanThe Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards Dinner was held on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Fess Parker Resort, and Lynda Weinman, co-founder/executive chair of lynda.com and an amazing role model, was our MC for a wonderful evening of great food and inspiring stories of the women and student entrepreneurs.
The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ event is unique in that it inspires student entrepreneurs with role models as well as cash prizes while honoring outstanding women entrepreneurs with beautiful engraved awards from Tiffany. The proceeds from the event go toward funding the student prizes and underwriting the following year's award dinner.
Special thanks to Montecito Bank & Trust, lynda.com and Southern California Edison for helping to underwriting student awards for the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards, where a total of $12,000 of cash prizes were given to the winning students.