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:
Introductory Workshops Offered in July at OneOC
Again this summer, OneOC has invited us to present a 2-part series about models of social enterprise, why it is increasingly popular, and what it takes to succeed as a social entrepreneur. A "readiness" assessment and steps in the development process will be featured at Session 1. Session 2 will explore "passive social enterprise"-- strategic partnerships with businesses that enable tax-exempt organizations to earn fees from the sale of those business' products. Participants will learn how to assess venture costs and benefits and develop their own action plan.
July 8 & July 22 | 9am-12pm | Register for one or both:
#1- Dare to Earn- Is Social Enterprise for You?*
#2 Earning Income Through Strategic Alliances
[*A similar workshop will be offered in Riverside, hosted by Community Connect, on September 17th.]
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 is in Los Angeles, July 19-22. Most events are free and open to the public! ASE's Densmore will moderate a panel discussion with NCLR members who have earned income ventures and host an Affiliates Lounge session for those who want to learn more about how to develop successful social enterprises. The panel discussion will be from 9 am to 10:30 on Sunday in Room 501BC of the Convention Center West Hall. The "open office" Affiliates Lounge is set to take place in Room 502A from 3:30 to 5:00. Attend this great event and be part of our discussions.
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. Join us Monday July 21st from 6 to 8 pm 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 will be moderated by Betsy Densmore and will also report on trends around the country and counsel us on how to find the resources we need at local campuses.
LOCATION: Pepperdine LAX campus.
For More Information/Tickets: Click Here to Register
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. Participants must have program focus in Los Angeles County. The deadline for applications was July 9.
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 hosting Social Enterprise Academies. Applications for the next one are due in November. Each year ten start-up social enterprises are the beneficiaries of extensive training, mentoring and funding opportunities. For more information, CLICK HERE.
- 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.