Ontario: About SSEO

The School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario helps people from all backgrounds to transform their passion and talents into sustainable solutions to poverty, social exclusion, environmental stress, and other societal challenges.

SSEO offers a non-traditional and unique training model for social entrepreneurs, people with great ideas for non-profits, cooperatives, for-profit ethical businesses, and other social ventures that will benefit their community. We prioritize students' individual growth within the context of their projects, and connect them to a network of mentors, experts, accomplished entrepreneurs, and social investors.

SSEO is a proud member of an international network of schools located also in the UK, Australia, and Ireland.

Our Vision

A socially just, environmentally sustainable, and economically prosperous Ontario, one built upon strong, empowered, and resilient communities.

Our Mission

To catalyze social change and empower communities through the development of transformational community leaders and social ventures that produce tangible, visible, meaningful, and positive impact.

History of SSE

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) was founded in 1997 by Michael Young, a distinguished and passionate serial social entrepreneur. 

In early 2009, SiG@MaRS commissioned a feasibility study with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to explore the opportunity for a School for Social Entrepreneurs to be piloted in Ontario. The study was released in 2009, and a collaborative group, consisting of Housing Services Corporation, SiG@MaRSACCESS Community Capital Fund, and Toronto Centre for Community Learning and Developmentwas formed to oversee the pilot phase of SSEO. 

Today, SSEO is a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society (TCI), a Canadian charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), BN: 130560188 RR0001. 

Ontario Trillium Foundation

SSE-O is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.