The London Social Enterprise Winter School in Hackney

Experience social enterprise in London this Winter

Join us in Hackney this winter and experience the dynamic London social enterprise scene.

The London Social Enterprise Winter School (London SEWS) provides international students a focused and immersive learning experience of social enterprises in Hackney over three weeks* in January 2020.

*HCD also offers customised placements to learn about their work and associated social enterprises for government officials, professionals, university faculty etc. Please contact  Douglas Racionzer ( for further details.

We offer:

  • Immersive experiences (placements) at recognised Hackney social enterprises in London tailored to your interests.
  • Training and coaching from Ashoka fellow; Douglas Racionzer.
  • Student accommodation with your own room providing breakfast and self-catering amenities.
  • Pick-up and drop-off at the airport.
  • A great social programme curated by local Hackney social enterprises.

Deadline: 30th November 2019

When: 12th January 2020 to 2nd Febraury 2020.  

Where: Hackney, London, England.

Accommodation will be at Sir John Cass Hall

Training will be at 62 Beechwood Road,London,E8 3DY, England.

Social enterprise placements will be at one of our 300 social enterprises in Hackney.


  • National Students (including accomodation): GBP 1899
  • National Students (excluding accomodation): GBP 899
  • International Students: USD 2850

This will cover teaching materials, field trips and living expenses.

Please note: International students will be responsible for the following expenses – visa, airfare, health & travel insurance and their personal expenses.

Who:  Students (either full or part time) in their undergraduate (year 3 or 4) or masters (year 1 & 2) can apply.

Interested students can apply directly or be nominated through their faculty coordinators. 

What we need from you: 

An email sent to Douglas Racionzer at which includes:

  • Application form (Can be found under downloads on the left side of the screen)
  • Official transcript
  • CV
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Motivation Letter stating what you expect to gain from this experience and what you can bring to a social enterprise placement
  • Copy of Passport


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