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.
Social Enterprise Academies
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.
In the video below, academy participants pitch their social enterprise plans during the venture competition phase of an Academy.
“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:
Cancer Resource Center of the Desert Wins UCLA SHOWCASE
CRCD, and runner-ups Fleet Street and Gigniks each presented compelling business plans for their social enterprises and walked away with $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 respectively in cash prizes. Seven other semi-finalists presented their "elevator pitch" to approximately 200 attendees and InsideOutWriters won the $4,000 Audience Favorite award. Watch the show at
So You Want to Be An Entrepreneur?
Are you self-employed or thinking about starting your own business? Join us for one or more of evening workshops in mid June. These courses are filled with crucial information for new entrepreneurs. They are hosted by CIELO, a new center for entrepreneurship on the Golden West College campus.
Don't miss OneOC's summer Social Enterprise training on July 16th
You won't want to miss this day-long training. Course topics include:
- Pathway to Sustainability, Getting Ready for Social Enterprise
- Pathway to Profitable Partnerships, Finding Strategic Partners in the Business World
Does a Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine Interest you?
ASE Planning SocEnt Venture Challenge
ASE has joined forces with Saddleback College and other champions of social entrepreneurship to plan the 2015 Southern California Social Entrepreneurship Venture Competition. The pilot program in 2014 attracted over sixty entries from across the globe and 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.
Open to nonprofit and for profit groups, the program will provide coaching, mentoring and links to investors for the most promising ventures. ASE is working with Rich Tafel who first piloted this investor model in Michigan in 2013. His article in Forbes explains some of the unique features. Consistent with our joint track record, we anticipate catalyzing the growth of dozens of innovative businesses, supported by robust investment and technical assistance. This year, we want to at least double the number of contestants and exceed the $1+ million in new investment that the Michigan contest catalyzed.
Register Now for the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit in Denver on September 16-18
The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) has announced that its 2015 annual Summit will be held in Denver next September 16-18. ASE is proud to be a Summit Ally and offer everyone in our network a discount! Enter AllyNetwork in the promo code box for 33% off. Many fantastic social enterprises call Colorado home--AspenPointe, VSA Access Gallery, Blue Star Recyclers, SAME (So All May Eat) Café, ARC Thrift Stores and Hope Tank, among many others.
The Summit15 host committee is led by long time Social Enterprise Alliance members Tamra Ryan, CEO of The Women’s Bean Project, Janine Vanderburg, president and CEO of JVA Consulting, and Catherine Henry, executive director of Work Options for Women. All three women run successful social enterprises in Colorado. Women are igniting the revolution! Join us, and many others, at SEA Summit15 this year!
The longer you wait to register, the more it costs! Find out more at https://www.se-alliance.org/summit-15
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 is being funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.
- 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 and for a second grant to support the launch of another Academy this fall.
- 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.