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 entrepreneurs with the resources they need to create and sustain high-performing social enterprises.
Our core program...
...the Social Enterprise Academy, empowers participants to develop and launch a social enterprise: a for-profit business that helps to solve a social or environmental problem. The program, which consists of a series of workshops, mentoring and a venture capital competition, has been especially effective with leaders of nonprofit organizations who want to diversify their revenue sources.
To read 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:
The 2017-2018 UCLA Social Academy is well underway and we are now open to applicants for the January 2019 program. The Academy supports not-for-profit organizations in developing business ventures that expand their impact and income.
"Thank you for everything you've done for us through the Academy. It was such an amazing experience, and I am deeply grateful for everyone's time and effort." Micah Rich, Compass for Youth
"My perspective on the potential of our organization has completely changed thanks to the Academy." Nihal Satyadev, Youth movement against Alzheimer's
"We are now up and running with this social enterprise, and it is really starting to take off." Tony Everett, Pure Game
Selected not-for-profit organizations work with students to select the best enterprise idea, conduct market research AND create a business plan. Each organization will also be matched with experienced private sector entrepreneurs who will coach them in preparing for the business plan competition. Cash prizes in excess of $35,000 will be awarded at the end of the program.
The Academy process is anchored by eight works sessions which take place approximately twice a month. They will likely be scheduled for Tuesday evenings (every other week), from 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm on the UCLA campus. Work sessions are led by UCLA faculty, alumni and others with extensive business experience. The two Venture Competition Showcase events take place on Fridays.
APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED AND ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS AND SPACE IS LIMITED.
(All participants will be determined the first week in December)
San Diegans Treated to Mission Edge Social Enterprise Speaker Series
As part of the San Diego Accelerator + Impact Lab (SAIL), Mission Edge hosted a five-part speaker series on Social Enterprise with dynamic industry experts, curating engaging topics related to launching, sustaining, and growing social enterprises. The SAIL Social Enterprise Speaker Series is took place at DeskHub in the Little Italy neighborhood. On October 2, ASE staff Jan Cohen and Betsy Densmore presented
"Perfecting your Social Enterprise Pitch"
We all know that delivering the perfect pitch is much easier said than done. Densmore & Cohen shared the anatomy of the perfect pitch and imparted their combined expertise in social enterprise, pitch preparation, and investor engagement. Participants walked away with actionable tips, stellar examples, and new approaches to presentation planning.
ASE staff are available to do a variety of such custom workshops for those developing social enterprises.
Congrats to the 2017 UCLA Venture Competition Showcase Winners!
A big congratulations to the winners of the 2017 UCLA SE Academy Venture Competition, which took place Friday, June 9th. For the first time in the history of this program, the three finalists- Cornerstone Theatre, Boys and Girls Clubs of Fullerton and Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's- each received $10,000. An additional award of $5,000, the Audience Favorite prize, went to Compass for Youth. Photos and videos of the event here.
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Thanks to Our Sponsors & Lead Partners
- Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs, our fiscal sponsor, was instrumental in our developing a new Academy for use with a global cohort of organizations that are working on sustainable fisheries. This Academy was funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.
- The California Community Foundation, Pacific Western Bank, Goodwill of Orange County and the Southern California Slow Money Network joined with lead presenter Saddleback College to sponsor the Southern California Social Entrepreneurship Venture Challenge (SocEnt Challenge).
- With key support from the California Community Foundation, the Nicholas Endowment and the Simon Foundation, UCLA’s Department of Economics is continuing its commitment to experiential learning for its students by underwriting annual Social Enterprise Academies.
- Academies for Social Entrepreneurship 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 and for a second grant to support the Soc Ent Challenge.
- A general operating support grant from the Orange County Community Foundation Next Gen Donors Circle enabled us to expand our outreach efforts with website improvements and a series of media placements.
- 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 an Academy and other programs focused on social enterprises that create jobs and employment opportunities.