Entrepreneurship Hub


Igniting thinking, inspiring action, growing results

The School of Business and Economics is working toward its vision to be the hub of entrepreneurship education and research for the North Bay. Our goals are to infuse entrepreneurial thinking into the educational system, launch and support entrepreneurial careers and businesses out of Sonoma State, and accelerate entrepreneurial action in the North Bay.

SBE Entrepreneur in Residence

chris_stewartChris Stewart, Co-founder & COO at Pocket Radar, Inc.

Chris Stewart is a prominent regional entrepreneur with 40-plus years of experience leading technology companies and startups. Chris brings expertise in design, new product development, strategic business planning, patents, and consulting. As Entrepreneur in Residence, Chris will lead cross-disciplinary, co-curricular entrepreneurship and innovation activities and programs for students at Sonoma State University. 

He began his career as a design engineer, and research and development project manager at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. In 2009, he founded his own technology companies, Invention Planet LLC and Pocket Radar Inc. Chris has been a volunteer faculty at Sonoma State University where he lectured in courses on electrical engineering and business entrepreneurship. He also serves as chairman and lead industry advisor of the SSU Makerspace External Advisory Board and Electrical Engineering Department, respectively.

Drop-in Office Hours for all SSU Students:

  • Mondays: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Office: Stevenson 2027
Phone: (707) 664-2831
Email: sbe.entrepreneurship@sonoma.edu 


Entrepreneurship Programs & Activities at SSU

Entrepreneurial energy, behaviors, and thinking are the lifeblood of any thriving economy.  Given the North Bay's commitment to the triple bottom line of social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic prosperity, Sonoma State's role as the region's entrepreneurial epicenter comes naturally. Today, our faculty and staff build conduits between the student population and private industry, focus on new business initiatives, develop and apply practical case studies, create relevant curriculum and workshops, conduct critical research, and fuel talent development programs. 

Transform our Educational System at SSU and in the North Bay


Leadership and innovation are central themes in our undergraduate and graduate academic programs and infused in how we train our students to become creative problem solvers, change agents, and innovators in their workplaces and their communities. 

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Certificate in Wine Entrepreneurship

Launch and Support Entrepreneurial Careers out of SSU 










Our students will spend their time at SSU becoming entrepreneurial thinkers who have launched their own businesses or are job-ready as they step out on their career pathway.

kyuho_leeMakerspace and Innovation Lab: Funded by the National Science Foundation, Sonoma State University's signature Makerspace and Maker Program is a cross-campus academic partnership between the School of Business and Economics, School of Education, School of Science and Technology, and School of Arts and Humanities. The facility houses tools like 3D printers, a computer controlled mill, laser cutters, and micro-controllers, as well as materials like electronics, cloth, fabric, leather, and more. The Makerspace and Innovation Lab is free to all faculty, staff, and students at Sonoma State University. 

Accelerate Entrepreneurial Action in the North Bay


We see entrepreneurship as a key ingredient for regional growth and prosperity. To that end, the School of Business and Economics has partnered with and supported entrepreneurial efforts and projects like the North Bay Make-a-thon, SSU's Makerspace and Innovation Lab, North Bay Investor Summit, and more.


Entrepreneurship Resources

At SBE's Entrepreneurship Hub, our aim is to ignite and infuse entrepreneurial thinking and behavior into our students, inside the School of Business and Economics, across Sonoma State University, and throughout our surrounding community. This change takes a village. It takes you. Please reach out to us to learn more about what is underway and to discuss your ideas.

We have aggregated a directory of Sonoma State University and regional resources and services designed to help you develop ideas, scale your business and connect you with a vast network of entrepreneurs. Start here to connect with the resources and information you will need to support your journey. 

Access Entrepreneurship Resources