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Startup UCLA: Social Entrepreneurship Summer Institute

Design and pitch your own social impact organization

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Learn how to create an organization or nonprofit and put your knowledge into action

As of 4/12/2022, Startup UCLA: Social Entrepreneurship Summer Institute is closed to new applicants.

The Startup UCLA: Social Entrepreneurship Summer Institute will introduce students to social entrepreneurship, including starting social enterprises and non-profits. In this hands-on program, students will design their own social good organization. They will learn the basics of starting, building, and running non-profit organizations and social impact businesses.

The program will focus on the creation of new organizations designed to contribute to the greater good. Students who are interested in learning how to start their own organization for social good or leading social impact movements are encouraged to apply!

In the first half of the program, students will learn the basics of researching and creating a mission-oriented venture. In the second half of the program, students will put that knowledge into action by creating their own ventures. Students will form teams to work on their startup ideas. Each team will prepare a 5-minute pitch to present to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors for feedback.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.


Students living in on-campus housing will be charged an additional housing fee.


Program Fee $2,080
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your instructors

Shelby Kretz


Shelby Kretz is a social entrepreneur, activist, and educational researcher. She is the founder of Little Justice Leaders, a social justice education subscription box for families and educators. Previously, Shelby co-founded the non-profit organization 1girl, which brings leadership programming to middle school girls. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Education at UCLA, and her research focuses on the connection between the education system and the juvenile (in)justice system.

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