Michael  Panesis

Michael Panesis, MBA

Executive Director, Steven Dorfman Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship

(805) 493-3493
Westlake Village

Office Hours: by appointment


Mike Panesis is the Steven Dorfman Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the Steven Dorfman Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Cal Lutheran. He teaches innovation and entrepreneurship in Cal Lutheran’s undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA in Europe programs. He also organizes Cal Lutheran’s New Venture Competition.

Mike is a startup community leader in the Conejo Valley and Ventura County, to the north of Los Angeles.  He leads the operation of Hub101, Cal Lutheran’s community coworking space, and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and early-stage investing.

Mike advises startups on funding, operations, and business model strategies. An experienced angel investor, Mike is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Governors of Tech Coast Angels (TCA) and was a founding member of the Santa Barbara Angel Alliance. He sits on the Boards of Whistle Messaging and Sensor Industries.

Mike has an MBA Marketing from Rutgers University and a BS in Computer Science for Business from the DeVry Institute of Technology. He lives in Camarillo with his wife and two children. He is on the Steering Committee of the Ventura County Greek Festival.


Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Marketing from Rutgers University.

Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Science for Business from the DeVry Institute of Technology.


Startup Coommunity-Building




Angel Investing

Grant Funding

Entrepreneur Speaker Series, from Community Leaders Association and Verizon

Hewlett Grant, for travel to VentureWell Conference to speak

Hewlett Grant, for travel to Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Conference to speak