Social Enterprise Academy


2015 UCLA Social Enterprise Academy




In today’s economy almost every non-profit organization is looking for new ways to increase their income and their impact; you can be a part of social change by participating in UCLA’s Social Enterprise Academy (SEA).


SEA is a two-quarter course that mentors non-profit organizations in developing earned income opportunities. Four students are assigned to each non-profit. 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.


Economics 173: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (Winter and Spring 2015)
Tuesdays, 6:15 to 9:30 PM
Taught by Professor Andrew Atkeson, UCLA Economics and Betsy Densmore, President Academies for Social Entrepreneurship

Student application deadlines:

 Priority Deadline: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 11:59PM

 Final Deadline: Monday, December 1, 2014 at 4:50PM

 The UCLA Division of Social Sciences is proud to announce the fourth annual Social Enterprise Academy -- 

 Your Impact:
Your role in this course has a direct impact on local non-profit organizations including supporting their efforts to...

 ·         Create a business plan for their organization to launch a new and sustainable social venture

 ·         Gain expert training from faculty and potential investors

 ·         Receive volunteer support to research, develop and launch new social ventures

 ·         Participate in a venture showcase to earn up to $30,000 to launch their venture

 Benefits for YOU:

 ·         Gain consulting, teamwork, networking, public speaking skills, as well as gain non-profit experience

 ·         Directly apply content knowledge to build a revenue generating business plan

 ·         Receive expert training from UCLA faculty, alumni and business leaders with experience in the social entrepreneurship

 ·         Work with an MBA graduate student mentor

 ·         Develop skills and experience in the venture initiation and pitching process including “pitching” a plan to potential investors at the UCLA Social Enterprise Venture Showcase

 Application Requirements and Process:
Enrollment in Econ 173 is by application only.  This class meets on Tuesdays 6:15 to 9:30pm (for both Winter and Spring 2015).  The Social Enterprise Academy is a six-month program.  Students accepted into this program must enroll in both courses in the two-quarter sequence (no exceptions!).

 Eligibility: This program is open to current UCLA juniors and seniors from all majors.  Please note that students who plan to complete their degree prior to June 2015 are not eligible for this program.

 Application Process: Apply for the 2015 Social Enterprise Academy program by completing steps 1 and 2 listed below:

 ·         Complete the 2015 SEA application form (short answers required):

 ·         Submit your 1-page Resume to

 To learn more about the academy, please visit: 
For questions or further information, please contact: Jessica Conley at   

 Student application deadlines:

 Priority Deadline: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 11:59PM

 Final Deadline: Monday, December 1, 2014 at 4:50PM


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