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:
ASE Leads Workshop at 1st Annual WOVEN Conference for Women Veterans Committed to Entrepreneurship
Attended by over 200 people, CAMEO and the SBA presented the one day intensive especially for women vets and military spouses on November 6th. ASE staff members, Betsy Densmore and Archie Holton lead a workshop, "Demystifying Entrepreneurship," designed to help attendees assess their readiness to launch an enterprise. Many of the attendees declared themselves to be not just entrepreneurs but SOCIAL entrepreneurs. The tide is rising!
UCLA Social Enterprise Academy 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 now due by Monday, November 24th.
Academies are also under development for a cohort of organizations working in the Inland Empire, Chicago, and Worcester, Massachusetts! Introductory workshops will be scheduled this fall in each community. The workshop details 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 Partners with Packard Foundation
A new Social Enterprise Academy, especially designed for ventures that are helping to protect and sustain fisheries, is being rolled out this fall. Stay tuned to learn more about successful applicants and their mission-related businesses.
ASE Aids Programs to Foster Micro Enterprises and Social Entrepreneurship
Over the summer, ASE staff have been working with Oak View Renewal Partnership and Goldenwest College on a new Center for Entrepreneurship designed to help leaders throughout Huntington Beach and Orange County realize their entrepreneurial dreams through education, incubator space, mentoring, and investments. Their vision is to add to the economic base of the Oak View community by nurturing for-profit social and micro enterprises launched by residents and Goldenwest students. The goal is to work with students and community entrepreneurs resulting in the launch of at least 24 businesses by mid-2016. Game on!
ASE also participated in the final stage of the first Orange County Social Entrepreneurship Venture Competition, a Meet the Investors Day for program finalists. This Venture Competition was organized by Saddleback Community College and attracted over fifty entries from across the globe. It focused on promoting five characteristics social entrepreneurship:
1. The entrepreneur is a tenacious leader with a pragmatic vision.
2. The solution addresses a clear social problem.
3. The solution changes systems, not just symptoms of the problem.
4. The model prioritizes social impact over financial gain.
5. The model generates a sustainable funding stream.
The strategist behind this program and a similar statewide program in Michigan is Rich Tafel, President of Public Squared. ASE looks forward to working with Tafel and local sponsors on the 2016 Venture Competition.
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.