On March 7th, Groundswell's fifth cohort of budding entrepreneurs showcased the social ventures that they've been working on for the last 6 months. Through ups and downs, moments of doubt and brilliant achievements, putting your values front and centre and presenting them to the world in the form of a business is no easy feat, in fact, as Gilad says: "Starting a business is the best kind of personal development you can go through." Amid all the spreadsheet agonizing and logo crafting, it's the relationships you have with yourself, your partners, and your community, that really make a venture an honest to goodness gift to the world, allowing these entrepreneurs to contribute meaningfully to their communities.
We've learned a lot about ourselves and each other, we've met so many new people who have inspired and taught us along the way - but it isn't over yet! This is just the beginning: you'll hear more about these ventures as they grow and evolve, and you might even see some of them at the Groundswell Marketplace this summer on Granville Island!
to Daphne Woo, Dima Itskovich, Gina Marrelli, Joel Spooner, Selma Van Halder, Karen Tomkins, Tye McKinnon, Kim Hamilton, Renee Michaud, and Candace Sharifirad.
Special thanks to cohort 6 for helping make this event a great success, alumnus Flick Harrison for filming the event, Jolayne, Laura, and Marcus for your beautiful photography, Hives for Humanity for hosting our marketplace, alumnus Conlan from Feral Strength for welcoming the cohort to the alumni community, Julie Granhøj from Copenhagen University for your anthropological observations, Deborah Irvine from Vancouver Foundation for a deeply resonating and inspiring story, Catherine Ludgate and Liz Lougheed Green from Vancity for the social capital song ("the more we get together, together together....the happier we'll be!"), and Tracey Kliesch from CCEC Credit Union for working hard for economic change.
Scroll down to see photos from this celebratory night....