“Everybody has the capacity to be
- Michael Young, Founder of SSE
Founded in 1997, the SSE supports individuals
to realise their potential and to establish, scale
and sustain, social enterprises and social
businesses across the UK, Australia, Ireland
and Canada (social franchise model)
• 9 Schools in England
• Scotland
• Australia – across 5 cities and delivering
programmes in rural areas also
• Ontario Canada
• Ireland (2014)
a Social Enterprise is “an enterprise that
trades for a social/societal purpose, where at least part of its income is
earned from its trading activity, is separate from government, and
where the surplus is primarily reinvested in the social objective.”
In Ireland, there are four main types of social enterprise, and often
social enterprises may overlap in these goals:
those with commercial opportunities that are established to create a
social return;
those creating employment opportunities for marginalised groups;
economic and community development organisations; and those that
deliver services.
SSE Ireland
SSE Ireland runs practical learning programmes
for entrepreneurial individuals with a start-up (13 years) social business, social enterprise or
social venture which generates social or
environmental impact
• Set up in January 2014 & team in place
• Incubator Programme launched February
2014 (Next one Spring 2015)
• 28 Social Entrepreneurs begin programme
April 2014
• 1st cohort graduated November 2014
• Already demonstrating impact
Our Social Entrepreneurs
Eileen Bennett
SSE Graduate 2014 (Ireland)
The Horses Connect human and equine team
is on a mission to foster a society where every
person is valued and enabled to reach their
full potential.
We intend to achieve this by creating and delivering a range
of equine facilitated programs in the Galway region to improve
the well-being of people experiencing disability or disadvantage.
We also aim to establish key strategic alliances with the local
community as well as local and national organisations.
Facebook - horsesconnect
Twitter - @horsesconnect
Duncan Walker
SSE Graduate (Ireland)
Walkinstown Green Social Enterprises Ltd &
The Green Kitchen Café
Providing training and employment opportunities to
people with intellectual disabilities in the Dublin 12
area. Operating from a renovated building in Walkinstown Green providing quality
office space, training/meeting rooms, garden centre, workshop (in partnership with
the D12 Men’s Shed) and a café.
In 2015 they will be providing accredited training programmes in
catering/hospitality, horticulture, repairs & maintenance and general employability
Facebook – The Green Kitchen Café
Twitter - @greenkitchendub
Elle Steele
SSE Fellow (Australia)
Elle Steele is an award-winning sportswoman
who represented Australia at the 2000 Paralympics.
Elle’s motivation to play sport at the highest level
was overwhelmed by constant injury associated
with her physical limitations.
She is the founder of Create Believe Achieve and The Wheels of Power, a project which
provides coaching and support groups to people with disabilities, empowering them to
live fulfilling lives in any way they want.
Facebook - Createbelieveachieve

Lynda Stopford - The AT Network