What is SSE Ontario?

SSE Ontario stands for the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario. Based on the highly successful SSE model in the UK, the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario contributes to game-changing social change by providing action-based and practitioner-led learning for social entrepreneurs in Canada. 

What is a social entrepreneur?

A social entrepreneur is someone who works in an entrepreneurial manner, but for public or social benefit, rather than to make money. Social entrepreneurs may work in ethical businesses in the private sector, governmental or public bodies, or the nonprofit and community sector.

There is no mould or template for social entrepreneurs; they employ a diverse range of approaches and are people of different ages, backgrounds, gender, interests, and expertise. What they share are entrepreneurial skills and allegiance to a social mission or purpose.

What is a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is an organization whose primary goal is the betterment of society.

Who are the students?

Anyone with an idea for improving things in their community and who wants to take their project to the next level.

Our students tend to be very diverse, and the range of perspectives and experiences they bring ensures a lively and challenging group experience. There are no formal admission requirements, such as educational degrees or professional experience standards.

What qualifications do I need?

None! There are no hard and fast entry requirements and no particular credentials are necessary; however, you will be interviewed to ensure that you have the drive, enthusiasm, and commitment to get your initiative off the ground.

What level of English is required?

SSE  Ontario does not operate like many traditional schools. There are no tests or required reading. If you are able to carry on basic conversations in English, you will be comfortable in our classroom.

Where are classes held?

The SSE Ontario Fellowship Program sessions will be held primarily at the Centre for Social Innovation, 585 Dundas Street East in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario.

What is action learning?

Action learning is an approach to education and is based on the notion of learning-by-doing. It is also often called practical learning. Our experience indicates that entrepreneurs are much more suited to this type of learning.

What are Action Learning Sets?

Action Learning Sets (ALS) consist of students working in small groups to tackle issues and problems that individuals in the group have encountered.  Students take turns sharing a current challenge. Then, with the help of peers posing non-judgmental questions that provide a different perspective, students are supported in exploring their own actions. SSE Fellows consistently rate ALS as a deceptively simple and extremely powerful form of learning. In fact, many Fellows continue organizing ALS sessions even after they graduate.