Meet our students

Short interviews with some of the inspirational social entrepreneurs we've supported. Read about the impact they're having and what they think of SSE.

Fellows’ stories

Photo of the founder of Kings Grooming, Blue O'Connor against a painted brick wall

Blue O'Connor, Kings

“The programme was invaluable in terms of learning, networks, inspiration and the courage to run with my idea!”

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Mary Anne Barclay, founder of Singing for Lung Health Colchester

Mary Anne Barclay, Singing for Lung Health Colchester

Did you know that singing can help lung health? This young musician has turned it into a social enterprise.

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Tree Stewart, founder of Sky High Arts

Tree Stewart, Sky High Arts

The startup using trapeze to change lives in Cornwall

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Simon Short, founder of Inspiring Intelligence

Simon Short, Inspiring Intelligence

From multiple prison sentences to CEO of a successful social enterprise

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Sarah Cowburn, founder of Bodeeworx, is timing another woman in plank position

Sarah Cowburn, Bodeeworx

Making fitness affordable and accessible to rural communities in Cornwall

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Samantha Francis, Find A Balance

The social entrepreneur tackling the stigma of mental health in black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

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Pauline Jordan, founder of Hortic Therapy

Pauline Jordan, Hortic Therapy CIC

Enriching the lives of older people and those with dementia.

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Naomi Marek, founder of SkyBadger

Naomi Marek OBE, Sky Badger

Meet the woman driven to set up a charity after her 6-year-old became seriously ill.

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Melanie Cornish, founder of Bringing Words to Life

Melanie Cornish, Bringing Words to Life

From New York journalist to Newcastle social entrepreneur.

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Martin Taylor, Fir Tree CIC

The fishing centre helping disadvantaged people in the North West.

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