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Social Entrepreneurship, Engagement, and Development Lab (SEED Lab)

Specialized Study Program in Social Entrepreneurship, Engagement, and Development Lab (SEED Lab)

Specialized Study Program in Social Entrepreneurship, Engagement, and Development Lab (SEED Lab)

Hybrid Program


3 months


UCR Extension

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Experienced social mission driven entrepreneurs like yourself are looking for that big breakthrough that will enhance your work’s impact but also ensure your venture’s relevance and sustainability in and for the future. Create that space for yourself and your venture with an intensive accelerator designed and customized specifically to support your efforts and strategically plan your next steps. Adopting futurist tactics, SEED Lab 2.0 aims to help you plan for and address the future’s challenges and shift from a transactional, short-term approach to a transformational long-term one.

Created in partnership with the Caravanserai Project.


Designed For

  • Experienced community leaders, captains of non-profit, for profit or hybrid organizations who are trying to find solutions to challenges that their ventures might face in the future
  • Advanced mission driven entrepreneurs active in marginalized and/or underserved communities who are the primary decision makers of the venture/organization
  • Decision makers in the private or public sectors
  • Members of the board of directors

What You'll Learn

  • Ways to plan and build an organization that will stay relevant and sustainable in and for the future
  • Strategies to enhance a venture’s sustainability with a focus on financials, budgeting, talent acquisition, organizational management, board dynamics and relations, fundraising strategies and entrepreneurship
  • How to increase and expand your work’s social impact with a focus on beneficiary experience, mapping the competition, understanding the business environment and the market and its future trends
  • Methods to enhance your leaderships skills that will help you adjust to the challenges of the future

View the course syllabus here.

What You Can Do With This Program

Positions are available in a variety of industries and can include nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, or a hybrid of both. Jobs might include:

  • Chief Executives
  • Board Members
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Fundraisers

Scholarship Opportunity

Partial scholarships available through the Caravanserai Project. Application Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020. Selected participants will be notified on or before the week of February 24, 2020. Apply here.

Real People. Real Results.

“SEED Lab has given me the building blocks to create an infrastructure that is going to outlive me and the people who are currently involved in Alianza.”

Silvia Paz

Executive Director
Coachella Valley, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Instructor Spotlight

“SEED Lab was designed to offer a new perspective to mission driven entrepreneurs whose priority is social change. I encourage each individual to step out of their comfort zone, and move away from a problem solving approach where the focus is on the present. We work toward planning for their venture to experience a long-term, sustainable, and impactful journey.”

Mihai Patru

Senior Policy Fellow
School of Public Policy, UCR
Riverside, CA

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