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:
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.
SEA Summit 2017 is coming to LA!
The premier gathering for social entrepreneurs, especially those working in the social sector, will be held in downtown Los Angeles September 18-21. Learn more on the SEA website- http://summit17.us/about/
See you there!
Calling all Nonprofit Social Enterprises Seeking Growth Capital
This Social Enterprise grants program will give you an opportunity to vie for a total of $60,000 in grants which will be awarded by students in a highly exclusive, USC course hosted by the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. This hands-on course will introduce your organization to a community of USC Marshall School of Business students committed to evaluating and investing in mission-related social enterprises.
LEARN MORE & APPLY at www.socentchallenge.org
APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED AND ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS AND SPACE IS LIMITED. (All participants will be selected by July 31st)
- Be nonprofit, 501c3 organizations;
- Receive a percentage of your revenue from an earned income venture that has been selling a product or service for at least three months;
- Be willing to accommodate a student site visit in September, and, if selected for possible funding, work with students on a proposal and attend an awards ceremony in late November.
- Be within an hour’s drive of the USC campus.
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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.