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 help 1,000 people a year develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. In turn, they help 3.4 million 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 2019-20.


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: 2nd Floor, The Fire Station, 139 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2HZ.


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”

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Our beliefs


Our vision is of a fair and equal society where the potential of all people is fully realised.


Our mission is to mobilise the experience of people from all backgrounds, and support them to use entrepreneurial approaches to create lasting social and environmental change.


Our values are integrity + inclusivity + empowerment.


Our commitment to inclusion & accessibility

Diversity is a fact of life. Inclusion is a choice and a practice – for organisations and individuals.

At SSE, our aim is to drive inclusion into every area and activity of what we do: from access to programmes, to grant investment, to board, staff and partnerships.

We challenge ourselves to build diverse teams. We recognise that diverse teams improve the quality and richness of our work, and that diverse connections are essential for creating lasting change.

We choose to be consciously inclusive and to champion the value of diversity.


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