School for Social Entrepreneurs

School for Social Entrepreneurs

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) helps people to start up, scale and strengthen organisations that tackle social and environmental problems. Every year, SSE supports more than 1,000 social entrepreneurs and social-sector leaders through learning. It runs courses that equip them with the skills and networks needed to create lasting change. SSE helps in other ways too, like connecting people with funding and mentoring. SSE has been equipping social entrepreneurs since 1997, when it was founded by Michael Young. Today, its network of schools are changing lives and transforming communities across the UK, Canada and India.

Key opportunities for support for social ventures (UK-wide)

  • Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme
    • 14 days of learning spread over a year, to help social entrepreneurs develop their organisations at any stage, from start-up to scale-up
    • Traditional grant at Start Up level, Match Trading grant of up to £7,000 at Trade Up and Scale Up levels
    • Delivered at locations across England and in Edinburgh (open to applications from across the UK)
    • Applications open in February 2019. People interested in applying should register their interest at


Support Scheme:

  • - Access to Funding and Finance
  • - Bespoke Course Design