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:
Moving Money from Wall Street to Main Street- Kiva Zip
ASE is proud to be a Trustee for the Kiva Zip program which focuses on creating economic opportunity for individuals and business that are socially and environmentally conscious. This is a crowd funding website and anyone can help by lending as little as $5.00 to the entrepreneur(s) of your choice. Congratulations to Dena Lusardi of Us Too Gymnastics and to all of you who helped her raise $5000! Dena runs a gymnastics center for children with special needs, especially autism and the loan will support her plans to move to a larger space.
Attend the Sustainable Seafood Social Enterprise Symposium in San Francisco April 23rd
Watch aspiring social entrepreneurs pitch their business ventures to industry experts and potential investors on April 23 at Tides Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Presidio Park San Francisco.
Attend Sustainatopia in Los Angeles May 27-30th
One the largest conferences in the world for social, financial and environmental sustainability + impact is coming back to Los Angeles May 27-30th. This will be an inspiring and exciting gathering of leading social entrepreneurs from around the world. Over 300 speakers are already confirmed. Join us! Go to http://www.sustainatopia.com for details and to get yourself registered.
Attend courses at Golden West College Center for Entrepreneurship & Leadership this summer!
Are you self-employed or thinking about starting your own business? Join us for one or more of the valuable short courses offered starting in mid June. These courses are filled with crucial information for new entrepreneurs.
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
UCLA Social Enterprise Academy Launched
The Academies for Social Entrepreneurship and UCLA’s Department of Economics in the Division of Social Sciences is hosting 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. We look forward to nurturing the growth of ten new “double bottom line” ventures. Mark your calendars to attend the UCLA Showcase on Friday, June 5, from 3 to 6 pm. Details will be posted here soon.
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 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. Attendees will be welcomed by SEA’s new CEO, Jim Schorr. Previously, Schorr was Executive Director of Juma Ventures, one of the U.S.’s most successful and admired social enterprises, and taught coursework on social enterprise at Vanderbilt University and at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. As an MBA student at Northwestern University in 1993, Schorr helped launch Net Impact, and subsequently served as a board member and chair during Net Impact’s growth and global expansion in the 2000s.
“Denver brings a lot to the table for the Social Enterprise Alliance,” said Kevin Lynch, CEO Emeritus of SEA. “The combination of several universities with strong social enterprise programs, the city’s popularity with Millennials, and the fact that Denver is itself home to many strong social enterprises makes Denver the perfect location for the national conference.”
Reflecting the tremendous growth and expansion of the social enterprise sector, the theme and focus of Summit15 is "Social Enterprise V2.0." 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 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.