Social Entrepreneurship, Engagement, and Development Lab Pre-Accelerator
SEED Lab is a 10-month pre-accelerator for early stage social entrepreneurs. It aims to tap the deep reservoir of unrecognized talent within marginalized and under-served communities and support their efforts to identify and develop pioneering paths out of inherited problems that have buried and muffled those voices.
It is designed to support the implementation of visionary ideas into similarly powerful tools to generate social impact, deepen civic engagement, and bring about empowerment and sustainable change. We tackle together various issues related to social entrepreneurship such as clarifying the entrepreneurs’ vision and mission, their branding and messaging strategies, start-up plans, business plans, budgets etc.
SEED Lab is open to early stage change makers who are planning to establish mission driven non-profit, for profit and hybrid ventures active in wide variety of sectors: health, education, work force training, social justice, food justice, economic empowerment, LGBTQ+, arts and culture etc. SEED LAB is developed in partnership with University of California Riverside.
90 hours of training and mentorship
Fully customized program reflecting the interests and needs of each participant
$15k total program value
FREE participation (the participants will cover a one time registration fee)
Specialized Certificate and 9 professional credits awarded by University of California in Riverside - Extension
Access to local leaders, captains of various industries and experts
The selection process is highly competitive and includes multiple in-person interviews and a detailed written application form. It involves working directly with every applicant over a period of 3 months.
8 month program (October-May)
six on-campus 2 day modules = 90 hours
mandatory individual mentorship and coaching sessions
Instructor & Mentors
The instructors and mentors include regional and national leaders, successful entrepreneurs, experts, change makers, investors and academics who will reflect the needs and interests of the cohorts.
Previous guest speakers include Susan Burton (2010 CNN Hero), Jason Tester (Institute for the Future), Gordon Bourns (Chairman of Bourns Inc.), Dr Paulette Brown-Hinds (CEO of Voice Media Ventures), Steve PonTell (CEO of National CORE), Dr. Annika Speer (Assistant Professor of Teaching at University of California-Riverside), Robert Perez (Founder & Chief Exploration Officer - Wonder Strategies for Good) etc.
Marylou Adriatico & Joseph Posadas
SEED Lab 2018/2019 Alumni
The Seed Program, Co-Founders
“SEED Lab provided us with the support and resources that we desperately needed as an early stage project. SEED Lab kept us inspired through the valuable information shared through workshops, dynamic mentorship, and the encouraging community. When we could not find solutions or wanted to quit, SEED Lab was there to push us to keep going”.