AUSB Student Takes 2nd in New Venture Challenge

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Congratulations to Adele De Batz, a a student in AUSB’s BA program with concentrations in Communications & Media and Entrepreneurship, for winning second place and $3000 for her entrepreneurial product at the Scheinfeld Center 4th Annual New Venture Challenge in the Fé Bland Forum on Friday, May 2. De Batz created Goddess Moto, a business that offers protective motorcycle apparel to women that is stylish, lightweight, and road rash free.

First place went to team of Santa Barbara City College students – Doni Nahmias, Kian Maalizaden, Shawn Michael, Paige Grandstaff, Sara Skaugrud – for their product Re-Leash, and third place to SBCC student Tom Garnett for Monocool.

The New Venture Challenge is college-wide business plan competition for SBCC and other local colleges and universities hosted annually by SBCC. A student or team of students submit a business for consideration and up to ten finalists are chosen to present at the competition. The finalists give an 8-minute pitch and judges have two minutes for questions. The judging panel this year was comprised of Lynda Weinman from lynda.com, Christopher Morales of Montecito Bank & Trust, and Serial Entrepreneur Kathy Odell.

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Five of the 10 finalists chosen for the competition were from AUSB; aside from De Batz, the other four students and corresponding business concepts were Corinna Bernasko (YoBe), Joan Mayer (TransPaw Gear), Natasha Bruskin (Dashing Dog Diner), and Mats Myhre (ParkTic)

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation/Scheinfeld Center joint Awards Banquet for the winners will take place on May 9 at the Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort.