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UCLA Social Enterprise Academy Final Showcase

UCLA Alumni Affairs, the UCLA Department of Economics, and the Academies for Social Entrepreneurship invite you to watch the 10th Annual UCLA Social Enterprise Academy Venture Showcase.

On Zoom, Thursday, May 28 from 5 to 7 pm

Ten teams representing local nonprofit organizations will be pitching their ventures. Watch the three finalists do their full presentations competing for $30,000 in cash prizes and help pick the Audience Favorite winner of $5,000. from seven other elevator pitches.

The showcase will also feature a keynote address by Patrick Maloney, Founder and CEO of Inspire which connects households to renewable energy.


Patrick Maloney is founder and CEO of Inspire. A lifelong entrepreneur with more than 12 years of experience in the energy and technology spaces, Patrick is dedicated to building world-positive businesses that align profitability with purpose. He founded Inspire with the vision to answer the call of millions of consumers demanding action on climate change, by connecting them to the world’s first clean energy platform. Patrick is a nationally-recognized leader in the clean technology sector, having received numerous awards and accolades. He is a member of YPO, a premier global community of chief executives committed to leading the world’s most impactful organizations. For his outstanding vision and achievement, Patrick was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018. Prior to Inspire, Patrick worked as a venture capitalist and served on the founding team of two energy ventures, which were collectively acquired for $190 million.


Safe Place for Youth

Safe Place for Youth’s mission is to inspire, nurture, and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time.


DreamCatchers is dedicated to fulfilling final dreams of hospice patients through chapters run by youth in high school or college, emphasizing intergenerational connection in all aspects of its work.

Los Alamitos Youth Center

The Mission of The Youth Center is to transform children's lives one family at a time through collaborative social, educational and recreational programs.

United Way of the Inland Valleys

United Way fights for the education, financial stability and housing of every person in our community.

The LBGTQ Center Long Beach

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach advances equity for LGBTQ people through culturally responsive advocacy, education, programs and services.

Jazz Hands for Autism

We create pathways that enable musicians on the autism spectrum to use their musical talents to obtain gainful work.

Thomas House Family Shelter

The mission of Thomas House is to provide a safe, supportive environment and the resources necessary for homeless families with children to remain together while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient.

Mentor Me Learning

To use mentorship as a tool to empower, motivate and inspire young people to have a positive relationship with learning and to actively contribute to their communities.

First Star

First Star improves the lives of foster youth by partnering with child welfare agencies, universities, and school districts to ensure that foster youth have the support needed to transition to higher education and adulthood successfully.

Las Fotos Project

Las Fotos Project’s mission is to elevate the voices of teenage girls from communities of color through photography and mentoring, empowering them to channel their creativity for the benefit of themselves, their community, and future careers.

Watch as student teams representing these community organizations pitch their business proposals for up to $30,000 of funding towards their venture.

Want your nonprofit to participate next year? Register now!

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