Sydney School for Social Entrepreneurs’ graduation

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) graduation ceremony was held in Sydney on Tuesday 1 February to celebrate the next generation of entrepreneurial individuals who are developing innovative social ventures to address unmet needs in their communities.

Special guests included Councillor Marcelle Hoff (Sydney’s Deputy Lord Mayor), Steve Lawrence AM (Chief Executive of the Australian Social Innovation Exchange) and SVA’s own Michael Traill AM.

Michael addressed the students and used three characteristics he felt social entrepreneurs needed if they were to be successful ‘ ticker, to take and continue to take risks; tenacity, to persevere in the face of all their obstacles and love, for their community and fellow citizens.

School for Social Entreprenuers
School for Social Entrepreneurs graduation

Julian Lee, founder of Food Connect Sydney was named the Sydney Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Julian established Sydney’s first fair trade, organic fresh food delivery social enterprise. In the last year, Food Connect Sydney has enjoyed significant growth from having just 20 subscribers to now delivering food boxes direct from farmers to 250 people around Sydney each week.

SVA provided funding to Food Connect Sydney via the Supporting Social Enterprises Project (SSEP), funded by the Australian Government, which creates employment for those excluded from the labour market.