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.  In partnership with the Department of Economics, the Academies of Social Entrepreneurship, and Partnership UCLA, 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 industry professionals from the Academies of Social Entrepreneurship. Throughout the course of the program, students and local community organizations 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.


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.


The sixth annual competition took place on Friday, June 9th where three student teams representing local community organizations competitively pitched their business ventures for up to $30,000 and an audience favorite prize of $5,000.

2017’s showcase and symposium also featured a keynote presentation by Robert Egger, founder and president of L.A. Kitchen.  For a recap of previous years, visit the following webpage: Past Programs.


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.