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2015 soe awardsbuy tickets nowThe Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Foundation’s 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 top three 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 will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Fess Parker Resort from 5:30-8:45 pm. Prior to the SOE Awards dinner will be a new event, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Startup Showcase that will be held in the Plaza del Sol from 5:30- 6:30 pm. This will feature finalists of the Scheinfeld Center's New Venture Challenge as well as the startups participating in the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet (GEM) incubator program and the winner of the 2014 Startup Weekend SB.

We are thrilled to that Lynda Weinman, co-founder/executive chair of and an amazing role model, will be our MC for our 5th annual event.

Special thanks to Montecito Bank & Trust,, Southern California Edison and our many other sponsors 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.

This year we will be honoring outstanding women entrepreneurs in 12 categories, many of which align with designated growth sectors in the County. Nominations open February 5, 2014 and close on March 20, 2015. Any successful women entrepreneur in Santa Barbara County can be nominated or nominate herself using our online or downloadable form. To learn more about the categories, click here.

Below are the winners of our hugely successful 4th annual Awards:

2014 winners

Learn more about the student winners here.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ Photos

event photos To see a slideshow by Linda Blue from the 2014 SOE Awards, click here »

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ Video

Watch the video of the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards Ceremony by Lisa Angle of, click here »

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