Social Enterprise Academy


In today’s economy almost every nonprofit organization is looking for new ways to increase their income and their impact.  Since 2011, the UCLA Social Enterprise Academy has helped over 40 local nonprofits develop social enterprises.  This six-month, award-winning program connects undergraduate students with nonprofit organizations to identify earned income opportunities for each of their nonprofit organization. The program combines teamwork, expert training and individualized coaching in a comprehensive approach to help develop successful social enterprises.

Training is led by UCLA faculty, alumni, and outside industry professionals. Throughout the course of the program, students and their nonprofit partners gain insight into:

  • Idea Generation
  • Market Research
  • Financial Planning
  • Business Planning

The Social Enterprise Academy is funded by the Nicholas Endowment and the William E. Simon Foundation and is made possible through the philanthropic support of the UCLA community.

At the end of each year’s Social Enterprise Academy, students have the opportunity to showcase their ventures for the chance to win $30,000 for their nonprofit organization. The 2017 UCLA Social Enterprise Academy Showcase and Symposium will take place on the afternoon of June 9th, 2017 on the UCLA campus. To receive an invitation when tickets become available, please fill out the Social Enterprise Academy Showcase Interest Form and RSVP to the event on Facebook. For a recap of previous years, visit the following webpage: Past Programs.


Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.


Applications for students are now closed for the Social Enterprise Academy. Please check back in Fall Quarter ’17 for information on how to apply to next year’s Social Enterprise Academy and feel free to follow Partnership UCLA on our social media channels for more information on other opportunities available to students during the academic year.

If you are a nonprofit organization interested in participating, you may find more information on how to apply at Academies for Social Entrepreneurship.


If you have questions about the Social Enterprise Academy, please contact Partnership UCLA by submitting a message through our contact form, emailing our office at or contacting our office at (310) 825-5242. We look forward to hearing from you.