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Startup UCLA: Social Entrepreneurship Summer Institute

Design and pitch your own social impact organization

Three female students and one male student sit together at a table talking in a classroom, with other students in the background.

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

As of 5/23/2023, The Startup UCLA: Social Entrepreneurship Precollege Summer Institute Session B (In-Person) is closed to new applicants. Students interested in applying for a 2023 summer institute in entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply to the virtual version of the program. 

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.

Virtual Program Fees:
In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer.
High School Student: $1650
Incoming UCLA Student: $1488
Incoming UC Student: $1488

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* Fees only apply for certain student types

Meet your instructors

Diondraya Taylor


Diondraya is an entrepreneur, researcher and entrepreneurship teacher. She works to create a world where women and people of color, from different places and perspectives, can build solutions that work for more people. She is the founder of Mindset & Milestones, a social impact startup aimed at teaching girls entrepreneurial skills through a curriculum that not only empowers girls but also gives educators the tools to lead entrepreneurial experiences in their own schools and organizations. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Education at UCLA and received her B.S. in Psychobiology and a Minor in Entrepreneurship from UCLA.