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 Alumni Career Engagement, 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.

UCLA Alumni Affairs, the UCLA Department of Economics and the Academies for Social Entrepreneurship invite you to the UCLA Social Enterprise Academy Venture Showcase.
Three teams representing local community organizations will pitch 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.
The Showcase will feature a keynote address from Patrick Maloney, Inspire Founder & CEO. A lifelong entrepreneur with more than 12 years of experience in the energy and technology spaces, Patrick is dedicated to building world-positive businesses that align profitability with purpose. He founded Inspire with the vision to answer the call of millions of consumers demanding action on climate change, by connecting them to the world’s first clean energy platform.
Patrick is a nationally-recognized leader in the clean technology sector, having received numerous awards and accolades. He is a member of YPO, a premier global community of chief executives committed to leading the world’s most impactful organizations. For his outstanding vision and achievement, Patrick was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018.
Prior to Inspire, Patrick worked as a venture capitalist and served on the founding team of two energy ventures, which were collectively acquired for $190 million.
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