Ready to Step up your Online Business Game?
Here are the Differences Between Marie Forleo's B-School and Sigrun's Somba

At this moment there are two important programs where entrepreneurs learn how to become amazing online entrepreneurs. B-School and Somba. I did both programs. I did B-School in 2014 and Somba in 2018.

There are significant differences between both programs. Time to compare B-School and Somba. Are you ready?

B-School or Somba

         What is it?


B‑School is an 8 week, interactive video-based training program that teaches online marketing strategies to business owners.


Somba is a 12-month Online MBA for entrepreneurs. It is designed to help you build a profitable online business.

             Who is the founder?


Marie Forleo is an 'entrepreneur, writer, philanthropist & unshakable optimist dedicated to helping you become the person you most want to be.'

Marie is ' a born-and-raised Jersey girl, proud to have created a socially conscious digital empire that touches millions.'
Through her award-winning show MarieTV, world-class online training programs, a book in 16 languages and an audience in 195 countries. From Oprah and Seth Godin to Brene Brown, they all have been in Marie Forleo's program.

'I help people like you dream big and back it up with meaningful action to create results.'

I adore Marie Forleo, she's very inspiring and really at the top of online entrepreneurship. Also she's a fellow multi-passionate!
Marie's humour, her fun swear words, and warmth is pretty infectious.

Read my non-affliate review of B-School here.


Sigrun is a 'CEO turned entrepreneur, licensed architect, certified trainer, software engineer, and executive MBA. She is a Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Business Strategist and International Speaker

Sigrun is a mastermind business coach, TEDx speaker and host of the Sigrun Show.  Originally from Reykjavik, Iceland, she spent half her life outside her home country. Sigrun found herself in Switzerland with her new love but sick and unemployable.

Her dream was to be location independent so she could live in two countries, travel the world, and take care of her health. So in 2014, Sigrun started her online business and four years later she’s built a multiple 7 figure lifestyle business and has helped women all over the world to build their lifestyle business. 

I worked with Sigrun between late 2016 and 2018. And that had a huge influence to my business that transformed from 10K a year to over 100K a year.  

One of the most important strengths of Sigrun is her capacity to transform a mountain of ideas into a working strategy. 

How does it work?


B-School is an 8 -week program with trainings are released in weekly modules and consist of easy-to-follow videos, done-for-you templates, swipe files, resource lists, and Fun Sheets. All of the training is online, contained in the private B‑School member only site. Students can view the training videos, connect with others, and compare notes with classmates.

B‑School also includes interactive components like “Office Hours” where Marie answers questions and offers strategic advice to ensure that our members take consistent action and receive the highest value from their investment.

Plus, you’re a B‑Schooler for life. You can retake the program for free each year, for as long as the program exists.


SOMBA is a 12-month program that is designed as a MBA for online entrepreneurs. It has a step-by-step plan that makes it possible to start your online business or take it to the next level without going crazy, feeling lost or stuck. It basically is the fast road to profit.

SOMBA contains all the building blocks you need to create your personal plan to success with ease.

For brave entrepreneurs (my clients!) - who are in a 24/7 state of creating and jump from idea to idea - it is paramount to get this kind of support, and up-to-date relevant knowledge!

With SOMBA you get access to all the technical knowledge, strategies, planning and online community you need to create a sustainable business.

You join Somba for a year. It is possible to sign-up for a second year (something that many members do) at a smaller fee.
Read how Somba works here

What is included?


The modules are releases one module per week. Each module contains 4-6 individual video lessons plus corresponding Fun Sheets (growth assignments and handouts) to help you integrate and apply what you learn to your business.

You’ll also get two full weeks of implementation at the mid and end point of the program, where no new content is released. These open weeks are designed to give you a chance to catch up on the training, reflect and take action.

B‑School also includes interactive components like “Office Hours” where Marie answers questions and offers strategic advice to ensure that our members take consistent action and receive the highest value from their investment.


Sigrun's motto is 'Building a business takes time'. That's why Somba takes 12 months .

Need strategic advice or a mindset shift? Once a month you can ask for a Hot Seat where Sigrun will laser-focus you into huge insights. You get personal laser coaching from Sigrun. 

Sigrun has regular special Masterclasses with real experts. Also there are special whenever something urgently needs addressing. Like GDPR or changed rules for Facebook. 

There are several language and expert groups: like a Dutch, German, Polish, Spanish, Icelandic language group. There are Designers & Artists, Healers & Health coaches, Parents and Parent Coaches etc. There is always someone who can help you.

Weekly office hours where every question you've got will be answered.

The Live Day in Zurich is amazing. An unforgettable day where you actually meet Sigrun and your brand new business friends!

SOMBA will teach you how to use and set up effective strategies for online businesses and for offline businesses who like to rely on strong online marketing.

Who are the students


B-Schoolers are mostly female entrepreneurs - and a few good men - either starters or more experienced.
International students with the emphasis on the United States. The majority is new to online entrepreneurship 

I did B-School in 2014 and it opened the world to online entrepreneurship for me.

There are local groups too. I still stay in close contact with my Dutch group. And they are awesome!

Because there is no Live Day, or Mastermind you will not meet the majority of your fellow B-Schoolers.

Because the group is very big - thousands of people - it's not always the best place for introverts.


SOMBA's are mostly female - and a few good men -. The majority is highly educated, ambitious and ready for a 100K and up business. Some Somba's are brand new to entrepreneurship, some are very experienced.

The majority is European, though there are people from outside Europe. There are Somba's from every European country. 

The group is typically around 500 members.  They are in the group for 12 months (or for another 12 months, because you can join a second year and keep receiving support)

There are coaches, artists, healers, architects, tax experts, authors, web designers, researchers, designers, health- practitioners, shaman, teacher etc. etc.

Age is between 21 and over 70. Many Somba's meet each other regularly.  Being in Somba connects me to action taking smart business women - and a few good men - who are changing each others life.

Access to the founder


There is a possibility to get your question answered by Marie Forleo during the Office Hours. But chances are that you are One of the thousands with a question and never get an answer. 

Unfortunately I never gotten an answer ​because that's not how B-School is wired.

Other than that you have no access to Marie Forleo. Though in all honesty: when I did B-School Marie sort of lived in my head for 8 weeks and I loved it!


You have access to Sigrun. when you apply for a hot seat during a Mastermind call with her. She will also answer all your questions in the Somba Facebook group.

During SigrunLive you will be with Sigrun and all your fellow Somba's for an entire day!

Live Day


​There is no Live Day that comes with B-School


Somba has a Live day in Zurich (in Iceland in 2020 !) that is da bomb. It's worth the entire investment!   There were over 400 women in Zurich in 2018, They flew in from as far as Iceland, Canada, the United States to be there for 1 unique day!



When I bought B-School it was $ 2,000 for a 8 week program.


Somba is $ 2,997 for a 12 month all-inclusive program.



B-School runs yearly from February to April


Somba opens twice a year (and sometimes 3 times). You have access to the entire program, the Masterminds, office hours, extra classes and support for an entire year



B-School has A LOT of affiliates, I was totally overwhelmed by it when I joined. The affiliates were not all entrepreneurs who had been in B-School, but there were some really interesting offers. I chose a pretty worthless affiliate that didn't offer me anything (oops my bad :-)

I'm not an affiliate for B-School. Not because I didn't love B-School. Because I do love it. It helped me to step out of a nasty situation and introduced online entrepreneurship to me.

But I need something that's more than a course with no support. Longterm support and accountability is exactly what I found in Somba!  


Somba has fewer affiliates. The majority are established entrepreneurs who have something really good to offer.

Here's a tip: Choose the affiliate offer from someone you really connect with and who offers you real worth.

I have been a Somba affiliate because I love Somba and because I'm proof that working with Sigrun really works. 

My clients love it and they know I give them high value bonuses.

My Advice


Are you completely new to entrepreneurship and don't know if online entrepreneurship is really for you?

Do you have other sources for long lasting support: like a mastermind, tech support, a mindset coach and a business coach, someone who helps you with strategy etc.

B-School is a good option for you.

Specially if Marie Forleo inspires you and you are focussed on the US market. I think that the target audience for B-School is a bit younger and maybe less  - business like - than the Somba members.


Do you want a profitable 100K and up business and willing to work for it by taking daily action? Do you dare to ask - and receive - support? Do you want to be in close contact with your fellow entrepreneurial friends? Do you want daily support?

Somba is a good option for you.

Somba's are very serious about becoming successful. They have given themselves a year. Remember? Building a business takes time' to make it work.

There are Somba's who are relatively new to entrepreneurship, or who have changed from a corporate job to entrepreneurship over the last year.


Esther de Charon de Saint Germain is the Brave Branding Queen. A Soul Whisperer, a Business Doula - her client's words - and the author of The Wonderfully Weird Woman's Manual. Featured in Huffington Post, Marie Claire, and Thrive Global, Esther is the founder of the BRAVE! Mastermind Follow her at Instagram | Facebook

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below