Welcome to Academies for Social Entrepreneurship
Academies for Social Entrepreneurship (ASE) helps develop innovative solutions to social problems by providing training and mentoring for social entrepreneurs. ASE is the convener and catalyst, focusing on equipping not-for-profit executives with the resources they need to create and sustain high-performing earned income ventures.
Social Enterprise Academies
Our core program, the Social Enterprise Academy, empowers not-for-profit organizations to diversify revenue sources thereby becoming more successful and sustainable. Academy participants develop and launch a social enterprise: a for-profit business that generates revenue to sustain a social or environmental cause. The program consists of a series of workshops, mentoring and a venture capital competition.
In the video below, academy participants pitch their social enterprise plans in a recent venture competition.
“As a non-profit, people have a misconception that we shouldn’t be making money. This Academy taught me that we need to operate like a for-profit in order to be sustainable.” - Academy Graduate
To read more graduate testimonials and an evaluation study of three separate Academy programs, CLICK HERE. The progress reports clearly demonstrated our model is fulfilling its 3 core objectives:
2014-15 Social Enterprise Academies Preparing to Launch
The Academies for Social Entrepreneurship and UCLA’s Department of Economics in the Division of Social Sciences will host their third Social Enterprise Academy, starting in January. The Academy will mentor not-for- profit organizations in developing earned income opportunities that expand their program impact, and create new sources of revenue-- "double bottom line" ventures. Each year ten start-up social enterprises are the beneficiaries of extensive training, mentoring and funding opportunities. For more information, CLICK HERE. Applications for this Academy are due November 10th.
Academies are also under development in Long Beach and the Inland Empire and in Chicago, and Worcester, Massachusetts! Introductory workshops will be scheduled this fall in each community. The workshop will detail models of social enterprise, the benefits and risks to starting one and what it takes to succeed as a social entrepreneur. A "readiness" assessment and steps in the development process will be featured, along with information on local resources.
ASE Leads Social Enterprise Discussions at NCLR Annual Meeting
National Council of La Raza's annual conference is the largest gathering of Latinos in the country. and this year it was in Los Angeles, July 19-22 and included two session on social enterprise. ASE's Densmore was joined by entrepreneurs Mari Riddle, of Centro Latino, Meg Palosic of Synergy Academy and Rupert Reynke of Delhi Center to talk about their venture development journeys. ASE also hosted an Affiliates Lounge session for those who want to learn more about how to develop successful social enterprises.
Social Enterprise Alliance's July Program-
Treasure in the "Towers"
Southern California is blessed to have many “Ivory Towers” that are very committed to linking their students with current social and environmental challenges. Approximately 30 people met for a July program to hear from representatives of universities that provide degrees, research and student assistance to those building social enterprises.
Ø Andy Atkeson, UCLA Professor of Economics, Co-Founder, UCLA Social Enterprise Academy
Ø Abby Fifer Mandell, Executive Director, USC Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab
Ø Steve Kirnon, Program Director, Pepperdine School of Education & Psychology Social Entrepreneurship & Change Program
The panel was organized and moderated by Betsy Densmore, ASE Founder/Director.
UCLA Showcase Brims with Big Ideas
Finalists Grow Good, Urban TxT and Positive Results Corporation present their social enterprises to a panel of potential investors and take home $28,000 in cash; The semifinalists vie for the Audience Favorite Award by delivering 2 minute "fast pitches" -- Synergy Academy gets the nod & $3,000! Keynote speaker Robert Egger, Founder of LA Kitchen, inspires with this views on why social enterprise is the future.
Congrats to OC Showcase Winners- Hart Community Homes/Monkey Business Cafe and Runner Ups- Coalition of OC Community Health Centers and Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove
Nearly 200 people attended the Showcase, enjoying displays by 20 local social enterprises and a lively panel discussion by local social enterprise leaders. Many thanks to our sponsors!
This year’s Los Angeles Social Innovation Fast Pitch
The free two month program trains nonprofit leaders to powerfully communicate their story, and connects them with leaders in the business, philanthropic, and nonprofit communities who can help them achieve their goals. Mark your calendar now to attend the Fast Pitch Showcase on Wednesday, October 29th at Skirball Cultural Center.
Special Shout Out to Our Sponsors & Lead Partners
- Academies for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to have partnered with the Delhi Center of Santa Ana to produce the 2013-2014 Orange County Social Enterprise Academy. Many thanks to the Annenberg Foundation for being our lead funder for this important collaboration.
- UCLA’s Department of Economics is continuing its commitment to blending community service and education by underwriting annual Social Enterprise Academies.
- Funding from The California Endowment enabled nearly two dozen organizations to participate in Social Enterprise Academies and many more to benefit from educational programs focusing on the power of social entrepreneurship in building healthy communities.
- ASE acknowledges Wells Fargo Bank for their multi-year support of our Orange County programming.
- Thanks to REDF (also known as The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) for their partnership and financial support in supporting ventures that create jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to joining our workforce.