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 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:
Are you self-employed or thinking about starting your own business?
Join us for one or more of the upcoming five valuable short courses for new entrepreneurs. Produced by the new Golden West College Center for Entrepreneurship & Leadership and lead by Betsy Densmore, Archie Holton and Patrice Mariscal, the workshops are:
- So You Want to Be An Entrepreneur? Starting March 4
- IN SPANISH-How to Develop Your Own Business. Starting March 5
- Having It All- Being Pampered & Productive. One evening, April 8
Click HERE for details and registration information
The Center, founded by Oak View Renewal Partnership and Goldenwest College, is designed to help leaders throughout Huntington Beach and Orange County realize their entrepreneurial dreams through education, incubator space, mentoring, and investments. The vision is to add to the economic base of the community by nurturing for-profit social and micro enterprises. The initial benchmark is to work with students and community entrepreneurs resulting in the launch of at least 24 businesses by mid-2016. Game on!
UCLA Social Enterprise Academy Launching
The Academies for Social Entrepreneurship and UCLA’s Department of Economics in the Division of Social Sciences will host their fourth Social Enterprise Academy- mentoring not-for-profit organizations in developing earned income opportunities that expand their program impact, and create new sources of revenue. Each year ten start-up social enterprises are the beneficiaries of extensive training, mentoring and funding opportunities. Congratulations to this year’s successful applicants:
Academies are also under development for a cohort of organizations working in the Inland Empire, Chicago, and Worcester, Massachusetts. Let us know if you would like to learn more about plans for any of these locations.
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 Planning SocEnt Venture Challenge
ASE has joined forces with Saddleback College 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 match the $1+ million in new investment that the Michigan contest catalyzed.
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!
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 an Inland Empire Academy.
- 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.