Got a business idea? Always wanted to start a social enterprise and do it well? If this is you, then you'll want to take note of this one!
"Starting a Social Enterprise"
When: February 25th 2013, 6pm-8pm
JOIN US AT
The Grantmanship Center
350 South Bixel Street, Suite #110 Los Angeles, CA 90017
SEA is very excited to welcome acclaimed entrepreneurship expert, speaker, and author Stephen Meade to give a seminar on "Starting A Social Enterprise".
He will be going through very practical steps on how to turn an idea into a working social enterprise, including tips on networking, building a team, and pitching your idea. Stephen is a seasoned business leader who is a frequent participant/speaker/panelist at CGI (Clinton Global Initiative), Founder Institute, Opportunity Green, and more. He currently serves as chairman and resident rainmaker at BigBamboo LLC, a holding company which incubates start-up companies from innovative idea to market-ready. His roster of successful businesses includes the founding and selling of SiteVisions.com, a website and database development company sold in 2000, and Virtual Sellers.com started in 1996, which became an innovation for an ecommerce-based transaction processing system that proved to be an early precursor to PayPal. He currently guides the future of companies including My WetRock, Inc. RONAStar, ComCom, OrionNation, and others.
The Academies for Social Entrepreneurship and UCLA’s Department of Economics, in the Division of Social Sciences, are pleased to announce the second-annual UCLA Social Enterprise Academy, featuring the talents of UCLA’s students, faculty and alumni. The Academy will mentor not-for-profit organizations in developing earned income opportunities that expand their impact and income.
Ten local not-for-profit organizations were accepted for this year’s program. They are Concerned Capital, Disability Rights Center, Environmental Charter Schools, iHopeOC Inc, Jubilee Consortium, LaCAUSA Youth Build, Public Interest Pictures, reDiscover Center, Santa Monica YWCA and YouthSpeak Collective.
Each has a team comprised of staff, volunteers and UCLA economics students. An eight-session workshop series will help participants select the best enterprise idea, conduct market research, and create a business plan. Work sessions will be led by UCLA faculty and alumni with extensive business experience.
Each organization will also be matched with experienced private sector entrepreneurs drawn from UCLA’s alumni network to coach them in preparing for a business plan competition. The competition “Showcase” will take place in late May with cash and pro bono prizes of over $30,000.
This Social Enterprise Academy is a six month program. It combines teamwork, expert training and individualized coaching in a comprehensive approach proven to be effective in building successful new businesses. Since 2008, ASE’s Social Enterprise Academies have helped over 200 not-for-profits develop social enterprises. Each Academy:
- Enables nonprofit organizations to generate income and social impact--achieving what is referred to as a "double bottom line";
- Builds a stronger community by providing social entrepreneurs with the training and support needed to build businesses that address community needs;
- Stimulates economic activity through job creation/retention.
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