That’s a lot of Juice

Smiling faces, tasty cupcakes, firemen at the ready and a whole lot of juice boxes.

Last Sunday I attended the 2nd birthday party of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario. While I have been involved as a mentor for several months, it was the first time I met anyone other than my mentee in person.

As it turned out both mine and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs were well addressed at the SSEO party, allowing all of us to dive right in to the real work of getting to know and support each other.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs was founded in 1997 by Michael Young. Currently operating across the UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada, it’s mission is to support entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to transform their talent into sustainable enterprises and businesses that provide solutions to poverty and disadvantage in communities.

I was impressed by how easily and quickly all of us seemed to fulfill our roles and found myself deeply immersed in one conversation after another. By the time the cupcakes were served I had already learned about start up social network for charities and donors, Chaara.org, a compelling new cancer-patient resource network and how Kitts Underwear is helping to solve poverty.

There are of course many more initiatives being created by the class of 2014, which is a testament to the great vision of SSE’s founders, staff and fellows and I am honoured to be a part of it.