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 / Alumni Career Programs, 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.


The 7th Annual Venture Showcase & Symposium took place on Friday, June 8, 2018. Three teams representing local community organizations pitched their business ventures for to panel of expert judges for the chance to win up to $30,000 towards their business venture.

Congratulations to this year’s winners.

1st place: $20,000 – Maternal Mental Health NOW

2nd place: $5,000 – Segue Career Mentors

2nd place: $5,000 – Cardborigami

Audience Favorite Award: $3,500 – 2nd Call


Applications for the Social Enterprise Academy are now closed.

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


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