Who We Are

The Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives was established to build and sustain the Houston business community through effective and relevant educational initiatives to help businesses grow in revenue, personnel and business opportunities.  The Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives leads and coordinates all business and entrepreneurial initiatives by providing system wide support, and leadership to fulfill HCC’s Strategic Agenda to “Cultivate and Entrepreneurial Culture Across the Institution.”


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

‌Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program for small businesses that links learning to action. Through the program, participants will gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, they will receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their business to the next level.

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MBDA: Minority Business Development Agency

‌The Houston Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center is operated by Houston Community College and is funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Commerce through the Minority Business Development Agency and has been hosted at Houston Community College since September 2013.

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Teen Entrepreneur College

‌Entrepreneurship is a profound international, national and local imperative. Houston Community College is deeply committed to supporting and growing entrepreneurial initiatives that enrich and strengthen our community.

The new Teen Entrepreneur College is a credit-based program that blends classroom instruction with interactive activities, creativity, self-sufficiency, business development, and financial literacy, all supported by mentoring and strategic benchmarks.

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Highlights: 2015 Teen Entrepreneur Summit 

Community College Consortium Grant

In a global society, HCC prepares students to address issues that transcend national boundaries while fostering good citizenship. We consider international awareness and experiences to be essential aspects of today's curriculum.

Lorin Banja
Program Coordinator
Phone: 713-718-2684
Cell: 713-240-1249
Email: lorin.banja@hccs.edu

Translation and Interpretation

This certificate is an introduction to the basics of translation and interpretation. The courses provide the basic skills needed to become a translator or interpreter.


HCC IDEA Pitch Competition

The HCC IDEA Pitch Competition, previously titled as HCC Elevator Pitch Competition, is a platform for any HCC student to share their creative ideas.  The competition is designed to explore innovative approaches to answering pressing societal needs and to foster an atmosphere of social dialogue.

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Hackathon Competition

  • Inventathon@HCC - Learn More
  • Veterans Hackathon - Coming Soon
  • Invesco APIathon - Coming Soon

InnovateHER Competition

Houston Community College in collaboration with the City of Houston-Office of Business Opportunity announces the InnovateHER Competition, sponsored by the SBA (Small Business Administration.)

InnovateHER 2016 is designed to help identify products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families.
Note: 11/17/2015 - Registration for the 2016 InnovateHer Competition is closed.

InnovateHER 2017: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, a nationwide business competition to drive attention and resources to innovative products and services that make our lives easier and longer.
Note: June 5, 2017 - Deadline for Business Plan Submission by 11:55 pm

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Opportunity Workshops

  • Innovation Thinking (or IDEAS Generation) - Learn discovery skills to be innovative.
  • Design Thinking Workshop – A creative process that helps you design meaningful solutions.
  • Idea Validation Workshop – is your idea commercialize, what problem are you really solving?
  • IDEA to Prototype! – Have a product idea? Make it into a prototype!
  • Business Plan Workshops – how to create a successful business plan.
  • Presentations - Best Practices when making presentations and when presentation.
  • Create a Word Press Website – a walkthrough of the WordPress dashboard and management tools
  • Accounting 101 – For non-business majors, learn to manage money.
  • Marketing 101 – For non-business majors, learn to new marketing.
  • LinkedIn – a walkthrough of LinkedIn and best practices to promote your profile
  • Social Media 101 – Essential tools and overview of popularly used social media platforms.
  • Excel 101, Advanced - Intro level – Definitions, layouts, and tables. Advanced – pivot tables and cloud sharing.
  • Word 101, Advanced – Intro level – Formatting, Layouts, Ribbon, and styles. Advanced – Mail Merge
  • Access 101 – Intro Level – Introduction to Tables & Queries, Advanced – Forms & Reports.
  • Smartphones 101 – Discover top tools and apps for collaboration, sharing, organization, and making!
  • Raspberry Pi – Introduction to Mini Computers
  • Robotics 101 – 4-hour hands-on workshops to build your own car, code it and test it! Introduction to autonomous driving.
  • Learn to Code: Python Coding - Learn about a widely used programming language.
  • Learn to Code: Codefest - Create a web page by coding into notepad.
  • Let’s make Apps: Android Apps - introduction to android app platforms, templates, and activities/modules.
  • Let’s Make Apps: iOS Apps - introduction to iOS app platforms, templates, and activities/modules.
  • VR/AR – Learn to paint in the air with augmented reality.
  • Storytelling – Create a video story, using Adobe Premier Pro
  • YouTube 101 – Learn to upload and editing of videos on YouTube
  • Snapchat 101 – Quick workshop on uses of Snapchat
  • Twitter & Facebook Marketing 101 – Workshop on marketing on Facebook and twitter.
  • Tech Faire (Maker Faire) -
  • Google Analytics – Learn how to implement Google Analytics on your website and understand your data
  • Google Apps – Introduction to Google Apps for non-profits
  • #Slack – demonstration of an online collaboration tool used to manage team projects
  • BaseCamp – demonstration of a team project management tool for teachers and students.

/C@deFest// Workshops - Create Your Own Website

Create your own website from scratch! Students will get hands-on experience to develop a website on their laptops and publish live on the web. This is a “hands-on” workshop using laptop computers (bring your own laptop!).

Programming is a unifying language across cultures and geographic divides. Technology in general and coding specifically are a critical part of today’s globalized economy and an important aspect of any international business or marketing global studies program. Students will learn the basic concepts of declarative vs procedural languages with JavaScript and HTML used to explain the difference.

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How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Awesome! Inspired by TED Talks

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Centers for Entrepreneurship

BIZCONNECT - Center for Entrepreneurship - HCC NW

Learn more: http://www.hccbizconnect.org

Center for Entrepreneurship - HCC SE

Learn More: http://southeast.hccs.edu/about-us/small-business-development--entrepreneurship-center/

Center for Entrepreneurship - HCC SW

Learn More: coming soon


Bi-lingual Small Business Development Training

The Corporate College at HCC delivers customized, contract training to Houston’s commercial business, industry, and government employers. Our training and development solutions are high-quality, competitively priced, and relevant. The Workplace English program is built on the premise that language learners become more motivated if their learning experience correlates to immediate life application. In this program the English learning activities are centered on the employees’ specific job functions. Focus is given in building workplace vocabulary, conversational practice is centered on relevant industry topics, and the mix of literacy skills practiced is tailored to the skills most necessary for the environment in the employee’s current workplace.

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Entrepreneurship AAS & Certificates

Marketing - Innovation and Enterprise Specialization - AAS

The AAS in Marketing provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to pursue a career in marketing, marketing research, advertising, retailing or sales. The degree offers a wide spectrum of courses in all aspects of marketing including marketing services. The program is designed for anyone seeking entry-level employment in the field of Marketing as it evolves into market driven innovation and enterprise solutions.

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Marketing - Social Enterprise - Certificate Level I

This Certificate provides students an understanding of varieties of innovation and the commercialization of technology, the changing basis of competitive advantage over time, and the modern approaches to adding value to products and services, including user interfaces, user experience, and consumer branding.

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Marketing - Enterprise Development - Certificate Level I

Enterprise development is a systematic approach to controlling growth, development and improvement of a purposeful or industrious activity organized to provide a service or product within an economy.

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Business Administration Entrepreneurship - Certificate

The Business Management-Entrepreneurship certificate provides students with instruction in entrepreneurial skills, business principles, accounting, and real life experiences through cooperative education. The program is designed to assist students in starting their own businesses.

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Entrepreneurial Skill Building and Training

Business Coaching and Mentoring - contact: Ravi Brahmbhatt

Student Clubs

Entrepreneurs Club at HCC Central

Contact Professor Philip Tussing (philip.tussing@hccs.edu) or Ravi Brahmbhatt (ravi.brahmbhatt@hccs.edu)

Innovation Club (District)

  • Advisory Council
    • Roland Fields
    • Ravi Brahmbhatt - Chair
    • Susan Thompson
    • Jordan Carswell
    • Philip Tussing
    • Ruben Duran
    • Sean Otmishi
  • Innovation Lab - Current Projects
    • StartupHouston.com
    • HCC Andriod & iOS Apps
    • HCC Math APP
    • HCC Biology Game APP
    • HCC Geology Test APP
    • HCC Student Services Day APP
  • Club President
    • Mohammed Almani

For More, Contact Professor Ravi Brahmbhatt (ravi.brahmbhatt@hccs.edu)

Small Business / Entrepreneurship Events


HCC and Clements Inventors Club hosts two-day Inventathon

Apr 18, 2017, By Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives

The program called for rapid prototyping inventions to improve human quality of life in the areas of education and skills, alleviating poverty, community well-being, and economic advancement.


HCC seeking social hosts for 16 exchange students

Jun 20, 2016

Social hosts differ from traditional hosts because the students do not live with the social hosts. Learn to become a HCC social host.


HCC receives $1.6 million grant to continue operation of Houston MBDA Business Center

May 12, 2016

HCC receives $1,608,875 grant to continue the Houston MBDA Business Center.


HCC IDEA Pitch Competition winners announced

May 2, 2016

The competition this semester had 33 entries and 16 finalists presented at HCC district building. Four people won cash prizes.


Dialogue Houston: Good Works Houston, deed and social entrepreneurship

Apr 29, 2016

A nonprofit entrepreneur of Good Works Houston focus of helping others and give light to businesses with social purpose.


HCC hosts LGBT Business Builder Houston workshop at West Loop Campus

Mar 1, 2016

The purpose of the event was to remove barriers and increase access to strategic growth opportunities for America’s LGBT business owners.


HCC hosts Procurement Expo 2016

Feb 11, 2016

With a goal of creating new business opportunities, the Houston Community College Procurement department recently brought small businesses and community partners together at its Procurement Expo at the Southeast College Learning Hub.


New HCC campus offers innovative opportunities for West Houston community

Feb 4, 2016

HCC officials recently held the first ribbon cutting for the newly renovated first, third, and fourth floors of the Alief-Hayes campus under the $425 million Groundbreaker Bond Program.


HCC and CodeFest 2015 share the basics of coding

Dec 17, 2015

People of all ages build their own webpages thanks to what they learn at CodeFest, which was held at the HCC West Loop Campus in conjunction with the Center of Excellence for Digital Info. & Technology.


HCC sponsored competition challenges inventors and entrepreneurs

Nov 17, 2015

The last free training session held at the Houston Community College West Loop Campus consisted of women, some students, and business professionals from different backgrounds. They gathered in one room with a similar mission – to learn how to deliver a compelling one-minute business pitch.


Houston Mayor helps HCC announce launch of InnovateHER Competition

Nov 6, 2015

The competition is open to any woman who has an idea to impact the lives of women and families. InnovateHER is designed to identify products and services that improve the lives of women and families.


Business students get great chance to learn from successful entrepreneurs

Oct 29, 2015

Houston Community College hosts Small Business Breakfasts monthly at the West Loop Campus. They give local small business owners opportunities to connect with each other and large corporations, public entities or government sectors looking to hire vendors.


Exchange participants build workforce and leadership skills at HCC

Sep 11, 2015

The CCI program is a program of the U.S. State Department that provides participants with quality educational study at U.S. community colleges and is designed to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency.


HCC combines innovation and technology to support student success

Sep 2, 2015

HCC is taking innovation to new platforms to make it more convenient for current and prospective students to find about programs and courses offered across the district.


HCC hosts inaugural Teen Entrepreneur Summit

May 2, 2015, By Justin Boyd

The one-day entrepreneurial experience brought together high school students and their parents from communities all over the greater Houston area to learn about entrepreneurship as a viable career option.


Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses HCC program alumna writes about her experience on Huffington Post

Jan 5, 2016, By Justin Boyd

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which is offered at Houston Community College, aims to provide small business owners the tools needed to grow their businesses. For HCC program graduate Nancy Sabino, the growth she experienced was on a personal level.


Small Business Owners complete 10,000 Small Businesses Program at HCC

Sep 7, 2016

The sixteenth cohort of small business owners recently completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Houston Community College (HCC).


Exchange students build workforce and leadership skills at community colleges

Aug 16, 2016

Exchange student participants are arriving at Houston Community College, one of 14 colleges across 11 states, to begin the 2016-2017 Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. The CCI Program is a program of the U.S. State Department that provides participants with quality educational study at community colleges and is designed to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency.


HCC targets business professionals with expansion of new Saturday program

Aug 26, 2016

The Monday through Friday grind of work, getting the kids to school and extra-curricular activities leaves little time for the average American family to complete a degree or certification, so Houston Community College (HCC) is making the decision to bridge the gap between dream and reality with the “Fast Track Saturday” Business Certificate program.


Houston MBDA honors top minority-owned construction firms at luncheon

Aug 3, 2016

The Houston Minority Business Development Agency, which is operated by HCC, recently held a luncheon honoring outstanding minority-owned construction firms.


HCC IDEAS Pitch competition winners announced

Nov 18, 2016, By Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives

In July 2016, the Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives developed three Mini Tech Faires that evolved into a unique opportunity to showcase HCC and the Idea Competition at the November 12-13, Houston Maker Faire. Congratulations to the IDEAS Pitch Competition winners.


HCC seeks 25 Southwest Campus students interested in attending a business summit in March

Feb 17, 2017

The Business Summit is geared towards new business owners and those interested in starting a business.