About us

We equip people to transform their communities and improve the lives of others

We can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and ill-health alone. That’s why the School for Social Entrepreneurs exists.

We have helped thousands of people develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. In turn, they help millions of people in need.

We run courses that equip people to start, scale and strengthen organisations that make a positive difference. But we’re not a traditional school. Learning with SSE is inspiring, action-based and accessible. We support people in other ways too, such as funding and mentoring.

Lord Michael Young founded SSE in 1997. Today we work internationally, with teams across the UK, Canada and India.

Together, we’re changing lives and transforming communities.

Keen to learn more? Download our annual report & accounts 2021-22.


What we do and why we do it


Our vision is a socially and environmentally just society, where the potential of all people is fully realised.


Our mission is to empower and equip people with entrepreneurial ideas and solutions to grow the social economy.


Discover our values, including our commitment to inclusion.


Learn about our history

Founder of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Young

Michael Young, founder of SSE

“Everybody has the capacity to be remarkable”

More about Michael


The School for Social Entrepreneurs is a company limited by guarantee number 3900741 and a registered charity number 1085465, registered in England and Wales. Registered address: School for Social Entrepreneurs, c/o Sayer Vincent, Invicta House, 108-114 Golden Lane, EC1Y 0TL