SEED Lab 2.0


Social Entrepreneurship, Engagement, and Development Lab 2.0

(March – June 2020)




The Social Entrepreneurship Engagement & Development Lab 2.0 (SEED Lab 2.0) is a 4-month accelerator designed for advanced social mission driven entrepreneurs in /from marginalized and underserved communities. SEED Lab 2.0 aims to support experienced change makers to enhance their impact. The main goal is to help them plan for and address the future’s challenges and shift from a transactional, short term approach to a transformational long term vision.

The program is open to mission driven non-profit, for profit and hybrid leaders active in a wide variety of sectors: health, education, work force training, social justice, food justice, economic empowerment, LGBTQ+, arts and culture etc. 

The accelerator focuses on four elements considered key to a venture’s big breakthrough and relevance for and in the future: sustainability, leadership, impact and shifting from a transactional approach to a transformational vision. The curriculum includes topics like strategic planning, budgeting, financial sustainability, talent acquisition, mapping the environment, understanding the stakeholders, the market and the competition, planning the beneficiary experience, fundraising, board dynamic and relations, increasing and accelerating impact, use of data, building partnerships for the future,  as well as marketing, branding, public speaking and pitching.

Beyond the training aspect, SEED Lab 2.0 connects the fellows to local and national networks of educators, leaders in non-profit and for-profit sectors.

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The sessions are highly customized and planned in order to reflect the needs and interests of the participants. Based on the participants’ profiles and interests, the curriculum is subject to change. 

SEED Lab consists of five on-campus modules (2 days/module – a total of 60 hours) and 30 hours of online training. All meetings are mandatory.

The on-campus meetings will be hosted by University of California Riverside – Extension Professional Studies, Riverside, California.

Learn more about the curriculum and the structure here



The design of the program allows only 10 fellows to attend the program. Those who are interested in attending SEED Lab 2.0 are requited to submit an online application.


$9,000 – partial scholarships are available

Those interested are required to submit an online scholarship application. Read more here

Important Dates

Application deadline: February 14, 2020

The program is scheduled to start March 2020 and conclude July 2020.


The successful participants will be awarded the University of California Riverside – Extension Specialized Certificate and 9 professional credits.


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This program is developed in partnership with University of California Riverside – Extension Professional Studies. Learn more here


For general inquiries about SEED Lab 2.0, please contact us here.