Updated: May 20, 2019
Don't Miss the Eighth Annual UCLA
Social Enterprise Academy
Venture Showcase & Symposium
Thursday, May 30th, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Luskin Conference Center
This event is the finale of a program which enables ten nonprofit organizations to develop their own social enterprises. Students teams are paired with each organization to assist in the business planning process. During the Showcase, the three finalists get eight minutes to make their case for a share of $30,000 in cash awards and the rest vie for the $5,000 Audience Favorite Award with three minute "elevator pitches".
This year's keynote speaker is Lauren Gropper, founder and CEO of Repurpose Inc, a consumer packaged goods company making plant- based disposables for the consumer retail space. Recently featured as one of Inc Magazine's 100 Top Female Founders, she is an eco-entrepreneur whose career spans academia, architecture, urban design, and film and television production, all under the umbrella of advancing environmental sustainability. Prior to founding Repurpose, Ms. Gropper spent many years as a sustainability consultant. A LEED@ Accredited Professional since 2002, she has worked with select clients including Gensler, Bank of America, Fairmont Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Korean Airlines, Hyundai, HCTV, HBO's Entourage, The Food Network, Travel Channel, and Discovery Communications. Ms. Cropper's work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes and Fast Company.
Refreshments, exhibits and networking. Space is limited so register now.