Social Enterprise Academy


The 7th Annual Venture Showcase & Symposium will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018. Watch three teams representing local community organizations pitch their business ventures for $30,000 in cash awards and vote for the audience favorite prize. The event will also feature a keynote presentation by Sam Polk.

Keynote: Sam Polk, Founder, EveryTable & GroceryShips

Sam Polk, gained fame as a hedge fund trader who walked away from multi-million dollar earnings. His book, For the Love of Money, chronicles his disillusionment with the Wall Street fast track. In 2013, he founded Groceryships, a nonprofit social enterprise to address food-related health problems in South LA. A year later, based on feedback from Groceryships participants, he co-founded a for-profit “B corp” social enterprise called EveryTable. Come hear “tales from the front” about how this serial social entrepreneur came to his commitment to bring healthy, affordable food to every table in the country.



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.


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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