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.

Over Winter and Spring Quarters, students work directly with nonprofit organizations to develop earned income opportunities for the organization. Teams of five students are assigned to each nonprofit. Students will work closely with the leadership of one organization as consultants to develop the best enterprise idea, conduct market research, create a business plan, and pitch the venture to compete for cash and pro bono prizes.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

Learn about the nonprofit organizations taking part in the academy this year: Participating Organizations.

VENTURE SHOWCASE & SYMPOSIUM

You are invited to attend the 8th Annual UCLA Social Enterprise Academy Venture Showcase & Symposium.

May 30, 2019
6 – 9 p.m.
UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center

Watch teams of current UCLA students representing local community organizations pitch their business ventures to a panel of industry experts, angel investors and prominent members of the UCLA community for the chance to win $30,000 in cash awards toward their ventures and cast your vote for the audience favorite award.

Please RSVP by May 28, 2019

For questions, contact us at partnership@partnership.ucla.edu.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office by submitting a message through our contact form or by emailing us at partnership@partnership.ucla.edu.