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.
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:
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So You Want to Be An Entrepreneur?
This 3 session workshop is your chance to explore business ideas and consider the pros and cons of being your own boss. Highly interactive with lots of exercises and discussion, there will also be guidance on legal and organizational logistics for starting a conventional business or a social enterprise.
Session 1- Begin with End in Mind- Designing Your Vision & Mission
Why be an entrepreneur? What skills and attitudes are crucial?
Self-Assessment- Entrepreneur’s Personal & Financial Attributes
Determining YOUR criteria for picking a business venture
Session 2- Picking Your Business
Assessing Opportunities & Threats
Determining your Market
Doing Your Own Market Research
Session 3- Planning & Funding Your Business
Legal & Organizational Concerns
Business plan building blocks
Accessing resources, especially seed capital
Next Series-Thursdays, Sept 29, Oct 6 &13, 2016
7:00-9:00 pm $110.00
HOSTED BY GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE COMMUNITY EDUCATION & SERVICES Registration & Information- (714) 895-0800 Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur is a program of CIELO, a center for micro-enterprise and sustainable small business development offering technical assistance, micro-loans, work force development and incubator space. Learn more at http:/cielocommunity.org/
Is Social Enterprise Right for You?
Betsy Densmore, ASE’s Managing Director, explored this question with other nonprofit executives at a workshop in Apple Valley, on August 4th. The workshop was geared towards those leading a tax-exempt charity and interested in exploring opportunities to generate mission-related earned income. The presentation explained social enterprise and explored examples of successful models. Participants acquired an understanding of the many types of social enterprise and the constraints and the challenges that are keys to deciding if social enterprise is right for you. A “readiness” assessment and steps in the development process were also offered. The workshop was sponsored by the Academy for Grassroots Organizations, a high desert consortium.
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 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 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.
- 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.