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:
Nominations are now open for the MakeChange Los Angeles Awards- Registration for nominees closes Sept. 30th
The 2015 MakeChange Awards in Los Angeles recognizes companies and organizations creating the most impact for a better Los Angeles! The awards will recognize both non-profit and for-profit sectors based in Los Angeles that create the most positive impact.
The nominated enterprises will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 1) Sustainable Growth & Financial Performance, 2) Innovation & Creativity, 3) Impacts & Improvements, 4) Customer & Community Engagement, 5) Leadership Management, 6) Ethical Business Management, and 7) Workplace Well-Being.
We hope that you'll register your social enterprise today!
Winners will be honored at a luncheon on Tuesday, December 8th.
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
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 Challenge. The SocEnt Challenge is a 6 month program (December through May) that provides training, mentoring and business plan/pitch development for early stage social enterprises. Contestants may be for-profit, not-for-profit or hybrid with domestic or international operations. We are seeking social enterprises that have a proven concept, indicated by either having been in operation for at least three months and having begun selling their product or have outside investors. The Challenge will focus on linking the most promising entrepreneurs with the leading social venture philanthropists in Southern California. At least $100,000 in prizes is anticipated.
The competition is open to individuals, groups, not-for-profit and for-profit entities inside and outside Southern California. The submission deadline is October 30, 2015. Starting September 1st, applications can be made at WWW:SOCENTCHALLENGE.org. All applicants will have access to webinar trainings and online resources to guide the preparation of their application.
1. The enterprise directly addresses a clear social problem.
2. The enterprise influences systems, not just symptoms of the problem.
3. The leadership team demonstrates tenacity and relevant experience to the endeavor.
4. The enterprise will generate significant social and financial returns.
5. The venture prioritizes social impact over financial gain for its owners.
6. The enterprise has demonstrated traction evidenced by sales or investment.
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.
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 Soc Ent Challenge.
- 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 an Academy and other programs focused on social enterprises that create jobs and employment opportunities.