The UCLA Social Enterprise Academy is a six month program which supports nonprofit organizations in launching social enterprises while engaging students in "applied economics". The business development process is structured around an eight-session workshop series on subjects like “Financials Matter,” “Effective Sales and Marketing” and “Business Planning – The Big Picture.”
On Friday, June 3rd, the fifth annual UCLA Social Enterprise Venture Competition & Showcase took place. Nine teams representing local community organizations pitched their business ventures for $35,000 in cash awards. First place winner LA Conservation Corp took home $16,000. $10,000 went to Pure Game and $5,000 to 3rd place finalist PS I Love You. The audience favorite award of $4,000 went to Oceans Global.
Beverly Schwartz of Ashoka delivered a fascinating talk on what makes social entrepreneurs successful. Schwartz lead Ashoka's Global Marketing team to pioneer awareness around the idea of social entrepreneurship and establish Ashoka as its leader in the field. She is also author of “RIPPLING- How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World” which outlines principles for driving significant change throughout an entire system.
Academies for Social Entrepreneurship creates an eco-system of support that nurtures entrepreneurship and innovation in nonprofit organizations. Our "ASE In-the-News" section shares our on-going work and upcoming events.