The Hot 25: new social entrepreneurs joining the SSE Fellowship

As blogged previously, tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday see 25 new SSE Fellows graduating their programmes in London and the East Midlands. Here’s the press release:


The Hot List: social entrepreneurs blazing a trail this

On Thursday July 20th, 25 social entrepreneurs
will graduate from the School for Social Entrepreneurs in London and the East
Midlands, all of whom run projects and organisations that are meeting unmet
social needs in innovative ways.

The graduations will celebrate the success and achievements
of these true changemakers. It will give them deserved recognition, and also
give an insight into how such individuals are changing the way we view the old
divide between private business and social welfare.

Those graduating include:

Sheenagh Day
, who has established Maison Bengal, a fair trade company
selling housewares and gift items from Bangladesh;

Charlotte Benstead
, who runs In-Spire, a community centre for learning and
the arts based in Walworth, South London;

Dave Pitchford
, who is setting up the first independent online
information and advice service for individual donors giving to charity.

The London event will be hosted by writer and broadcaster
Simon Fanshawe, and feature a keynote speech from Ed Miliband, Minister for the
Third Sector.

Miliband MP
“Today’s graduate social entrepreneurs are truly inspiring individuals
whose extraordinary initiative and driving social conscience demonstrate
just what the social enterprise movement is capable of achieving.

School for Social Entrepreneurs is in the vanguard of training a new generation of social
entrepreneurs, and must be congratulated on its success in
promoting better understanding of social enterprise and
embedding the desire to tackle injustice through community

Alastair Wilson, Chief Executive
of the School for Social Entrepreneurs
says: “Social entrepreneurs are
the ones making change in their communities and fields of work, challenging the
status quo, and solving the problems they find. They all deserve our
congratulation and continuing support.”


to Editors:

  1. The London graduation will take place at the Amnesty Human Rights Action Centre, EC2A 3EA, between 1pm and 5pm. The East Midlands graduation is at Chase Community Centre, a social enterprise in Nottingham, from 10.30am-2.30pm
  1. Twenty-five students will be entering the SSE Fellowship today; fourteen after graduating from the London School’s Ready Steady Grow programme, and a further eleven from the East Midlands SSE’s programme.
  1. For further information and interviews with social entrepreneurs contact: SSE on 020 8981 0300 or office [at]

4.  The SSE was founded by serial
social entrepreneur Michael Young, who also established the Open University and
the Consumers’ Association. It provides support to individuals who are acting
entrepreneurially for social benefit, rather than personal profit. There are
now over 250 Fellows who have completed
the programme since 1998. See
for more


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