The School for Social Entrepreneurs India was formally launched in Delhi in 2016. Since then, over 75 social entrepreneurs have graduated from our learning programmes:
- Social Start-Up Fellowship Programme 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (2020 programme selection process is currently paused, will resume soon)
- Chhattisgarh Social Start-Up Programme 2018
We have also worked with numerous aspiring social entrepreneurs from the United Arab Emirates and Argentina.
- Our vision is of a more equitable and just society which values, actively supports and empowers all individuals seeking to engage in entrepreneurship for social benefit
- Our mission is to address inequalities and social exclusion by supporting social entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to transform their talent into real social outcomes, in the form of sustainable solutions to poverty and disadvantaged communities
- Our core values in all aspects of work are:
- Sense of possibility
What we do
We support people with practical ideas to change India for the better via a 9 month programme. Unlike many other social enterprise support organisations our focus is on the entrepreneur, not the enterprise. Our belief is that with the right support and investment in the entrepreneur, the enterprise is more likely to succeed.
Using a tried and tested model we focus on developing the individual entrepreneur. We aim to develop leadership skills in the participants and we place an emphasis on developing their confidence, negotiation, presentation and decision-making abilities.
Who can come to the School for Social Entrepreneurs India?
We support people with an idea for a new social enterprise or social impact project. We work with people who have entrepreneurial characteristics and a passion for social change. Our programme is designed to support up to twenty social entrepreneurs at a time in a cohort.
No age limits, qualification requirements or specified social issues
There are no age limits for participation in our programme, in the UK the oldest participant to date has been 74, and in India the oldest participant has been 49. In India, we do need you to be at least 18 years old to apply and participant in our programme.
You do not need qualifications to participate, we believe life experience outweighs qualifications. Our focus is on finding people with an understanding of the social issue they are hoping to address, a sustainable idea for a social enterprise or project and the time to develop it.
We do not have any preferred social causes and are happy to support people working in a variety of issues, in fact we believe the more diverse the issues the better. Previously the SSE has supported people with ideas to tackle issues in the areas of health-care, agriculture, water and sanitation, energy, skill development, waste management, education, gender equality, elderly care, disability, gay, lesbian and trans-gender equality, addiction and food poverty.
Whatever your idea, we want to hear it!
Our programme supports people who are working on developing their idea and are ready to invest time in getting it operational. The programme is action focused so participants must have time to dedicate to working on their project in between the Fellowship sessions.
Our programme is not like university and we do not cover theory, we focus on practical outcomes. We are not accredited, participants do not leave the Fellowship with a qualification, our hope is that they will leave with something much more powerful: a sustainable social enterprise.