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
APPLY FOR THE UCLA SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACADEMY – 2021

The application for the UCLA Social Enterprise Academy is now open!

The UCLA Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) is a two-quarter experiential learning course. 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 official course number is Economics 173A/173B: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (Winter and Spring 2021). This course counts as two Economics Electives towards the majors in Economics and Business Economics and can be counted toward the Minor in Entrepreneurship (consult with the counselor for the Minor).

Eligibility:

This program is open to current UCLA juniors and seniors from all majors.

You must be able to attend class sessions every week
Tuesdays from 6:15 to 9:30 PM both Winter and Spring Quarters.
That means that if you enroll in this course, you are committing to re-arrange your other commitments to leave Tuesday evenings free. Do not attempt to enroll in this course if you cannot make this commitment.

You also must commit to enroll in both Winter and Spring Quarters. If you drop the course or do not enroll in Econ 173B, you will not receive any units of credit for Econ 173A or Econ 173B.

Students applying for the Academy are committing to attend every Tuesday evening from 6:15pm to 9:30pm in Winter and Spring Quarter. Attendance is through Zoom. Students are permitted only one absence for the two quarters. Further absences are penalized.

Application:

The application deadline is November 23 at 11:59 p.m. Decisions will be announced by Friday, December 11.

You must submit your resume and a cover letter. Your name and student ID need to be on each page. You should combine both submissions in a single PDF file with your resume first and your cover letter second. Further details about the contents of your application can be found here. 

To apply for the program please visit this website. 

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