School of Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Fellowship Programme 2015

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The Fellowship is a 9 month course that will help you start a social enterprise, community project or charity. The focus is on learning by doing. Each day of the course will leave you inspired, re-energised and full of confidence. The course is centred around the development of both you as a leader and turning your idea into an organisation.

The course covers all the essentials you need to know when starting your own organisation including:

  • Setting up and funding a social enterprise
  • How to improve your working methods
  • How to communicate your work effectively to others
  • How to build your skills and knowledge
  • Increasing your confidence as a leader

The Fellowship course is for entrepreneurial people with an idea that will make a positive difference in their community or beyond! We are looking for people with the enthusiasm, drive and commitment necessary to get a project off the ground. You also need an idea for an organisation and be able to explain the positive social impact that you will have.

You do not need any qualifications or previous business experience to apply. However, you will be expected to take an active part in your learning. We believe that how much you put into the course will impact how far your enterprise develops over the 9 months.

What does the course cover?

The Fellowship Course runs over a 9 month period, with 20 contact days. The emphasis is placed on learning by doing. The aim is that you can take away skills you learn on the Fellowship and put them into use within your social enterprise straight away.

The course is made up of 4 elements that will help you develop both your project and yourself:

  • Expert witness sessions
  • Action Learning Teams
  • Project visits
  • Mentoring sessions

The Fellowship course will get you ready to tackle the challenges you will face on your start-up journey. The course is a transformative experience, in an independent evaluation, 97% of students said they would recommend the SSE approach.


Successful applicants are required to pay a minimum contribution in line with their circumstances. Each place on the Fellowship Course is worth £8,500 however the bulk of this is kindly covered by our corporate supporters.

Recommended course fee contributions:

  • Un-employed £180
  • In employment £450

To apply

You do not need qualifications or have to write a written application. Simply register your  interest and we will be in touch to invite you to the office for an introduction session. At this session you will learn more about the course and we will ask you some questions about you and your project.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the School of Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Fellowship Programme 2015

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