CI has a thriving commitment to experiential learning and innovation – two vital components for entrepreneurial activity! The Entrepreneurship & Small Business Institute (ESBI) combines an excellent curriculum with experiential learning opportunities to foster the skills necessary to become an entrepreneur. Whether in the classroom, laboratory, or dorm room, if you have an innovative idea, then one of ESBI’s resources may help turn your dream into reality!

Across campus, there are many CI programs and organizations related to entrepreneurship and innovation.

Social Business Innovation Challenge

  • The Innovation Challenge is a contest where teams will compete in a rally-style competition to assemble a product prototype. Each team will receive the same set of materials and a concept they are asked to innovate. The teams will be judged based on their final creations, but the teams will also be monitored throughout the competition for leadership, team dynamics, design approach, use of time, and innovation! At the end, the top three teams will be recognized for their efforts.

STEM Innovation Challenge

  • The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering/Entrepreneurship, & Math) Innovation Challenge will be a contest where teams of middle school aged girls (9-12 years) come to the CI campus to compete in a rally-style competition to assemble a STEM product prototype from a standard set of supplies in a three hour time period. The STEM Innovation Challenge is designed to be an educational, fun, and competitive way to encourage middle-school girls to take an active part in STEM related fields. Moreover, the challenge will introduce the girls to female mentors in STEM fields by having CI students serve on each team and having the final creations judged by women involved in STEM fields.
  • Spring 2018

Elevator Pitch Competition

  • Students from across campus will be asked to create a “pitch” of their business plan idea and post the video online. The “pitches” should last no longer than 90 seconds in length. Students may record the “pitches” themselves, or they may utilize the FIT studio to assist them. Alumni entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from throughout Ventura County will be asked to review approximately ten of the pitches online and provide their feedback/scoring. Two weeks after the date the “pitches” are submitted, MVS will host a reception for all of the participants and judges. The reception will include an entrepreneur keynote speaker who will touch upon advice for taking an idea articulated in a “pitch” and turning it into a viable start-up. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place pitches will be announced during the reception and their video submissions will be shared with the audience. Prizes may be awarded to the winning teams, as well as resources for how to implement their winning ideas.

Social Business (Minor or Certificate)

  • The California Institute for Social Business (CISB) in collaboration with Professor Muhammad Yunus was established as part of the CSU Channel Islands’ commitment to prepare students for the world they will inherit upon graduation. The CISB addresses the need for students to participate in local and global experiences and learn new methods of alleviating serious social ills that impact our region and the world. Building on the four pillars of the University, CISB exposes students to opportunities for learning about and addressing local and far-reaching social ills through the application, study and development of Professor Yunus’ notions of Social Business.