About our model
School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) was founded in the UK in 1997 by Michael Young who believed that “everybody has the capacity to be remarkable.” Since then new schools have been set up across the globe in three continents, supporting over 500 social entrepreneurs per year. The network is run as a social franchise which means that we all share best practice, branding, and intellectual property.
Replicating what works
School for Social Entrepreneurs has 19 years of experience supporting people to start and grow social enterprises and social impact projects. The model has been successfully replicated in nine locations in the United Kingdom, Canada and now in India. By using a franchise model we are able to replicate what works while keeping the freedom to adapt elements of the model for the Indian market. The franchise model also means that leadership and ownership of the programme is 100% in India.
Why social franchising?
Each SSE is run by a local team and maintains an independent governance structure. Social franchising has enabled the SSE to expand without growing in a traditionally hierarchical way.
The success of our social franchise model is based on four elements:
- Strong, consistent brand across all schools in all countries.
- Every school undergoes an annual audit to ensure programme delivery and student support frameworks meet quality standards.
- All schools use the same social impact measurement tools. This allows us to compare and share social impact outcomes across the entire network. An independent and external evaluation of the SSE’s social impact is undertaken once every three years.
- Our schools are run by passionate and committed social entrepreneurs. The SSE invests heavily in support for local administrators. We also share innovations and knowledge across the whole SSE network. At the SSE, we believe we are stronger working together.
The SSE network currently operates in Canada, India, and the UK.
If you are interested in joining the Global Network as a social franchise partner, please visit our Global website for information on starting a school.