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This is Groundswell

We're a non-profit in the heart of Vancouver supporting the creation of meaningful employment and social ventures by providing space for young ideas and ventures to connect, flourish, and contribute to the local economy.  

Our vision is a vibrant, collaborative economy where individuals from all backgrounds can contribute meaningfully to their communities and find purpose in their life through their work.


Our Programs

Whether you're looking for a new path, playing with an idea or have a small social business you want to take to the next level,  our self-employment and social entrepreneurship programs meet you where you're at and give you the confidence, skills, and resources you need to create something new.

EXPLORE

You know you were meant to do something more on your life's path, and we want to help you get momentum for the journey.  Start exploring your future and find your next step here.
1 month intensive bootcamp.

BUILD

Commit to living your purpose: combine your ideas, skills, and desire for social or environmental change to launch a small business with help from our experienced team of mentors. 
5 month program with full time coworking.

TEST MARKET

Give yourself a better chance of success by testing and refining your new product or service in this unique, risk minimizing lab for early stage social businesses.
9 test market days plus workshops and mentoring.

MEMBER

Whether you’re interested in learning about social enterprise or connecting with creative, heart-centred folks, you'll find space and support as a Groundswell member.
1 year membership includes mentorship, workshops, and social/networking events.


Our Alumni

Take a peek at some of the projects we've launched

Our team

Find guidance with experienced entrepreneurs and mentors

Upcoming Events

Join our inclusive community workshops and gatherings

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Hear what people are saying about Groundswell

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Meet alumni, Chris Nichols

“Now I’m incredibly optimistic in my actions. I’m excited about getting up in the morning, I want to affect change and I feel that my actions are creating something better. Also, it’s been cool to be part of Groundswell projects that are younger than us, and to actually be able to help them out. Taking part in building that supportive community feels really good.”

- Chris Nichols, Groundswell alumna and Wood Shop Co-op owner-worker.

Wood Shop is a worker's cooperative that designs and manufactures custom wood furnitures and interiors out of reclaimed materials.  It's a small but influential cog in an engine for social change, battling environmental degradation, growing economic inequality and social dislocation.


Let's connect!

We'd love to chat one on one:

hello@groundswellcommunity.ca

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