About us

What we do

At School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) we empower people from all backgrounds to create positive social change.  Our courses help individuals start, sustain, and scale social enterprises, charities and community projects. We’ll help you build confidence and gain practical business skills in technical areas like marketing and finance.

We’re committed to jargon-free learning delivered by experienced professionals. SSE uses an innovative action-learning approach, which focuses on real world issues and practices.

So far we’ve helped over 1,500 social entrepreneurs make the world a better place.

Vision, mission, & values

Our vision is of a society which empowers entrepreneurs to make positive social and environmental changes.

Our mission is to address inequalities and social exclusion by supporting social entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. At SSE we work to transform our students’ talent into real social and environmental outcomes. Social entrepreneurs who study with us create sustainable solutions to poverty and disadvantage in communities.

Our core values in all aspects of work are integrity, inclusivity, and empowerment. SSE delivers results-focused training, inspiring students from all backgrounds to succeed.How we create change

Where we work

SSE was founded in East London in 1997 and has since grown to become a global network.  SSE now operates in 12 locations across the UK and has schools in Canada and India. We are continuing to build international relationships, with exciting plans to open in India in 2015.

SSE uses a social franchise model which helps keep our focus on grassroots movements. All of our schools are operated by local people who understand the regional context for social entrepreneurs.


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