Social Venture Incubator

Groundswell has created over 30 social ventures from the idea stage forward with people from all walks of life.  We will give you the confidence, tools, knowledge and mentorship you need to build a problem solving social venture, with hands-on, alternative business education.

The small class size and flexible curriculum creates a personalized and supportive learning environment for people new to the world of social entrepreneurship.  We meet you where you're at.  You just need to be ready to dedicate yourself to building a brighter future for yourself and your community, and you'll get the help of an experienced team and our large network of partners.  If this is you, this is your incubator!

Want to learn more? Visit us and meet the Groundswell alumni, instructors and mentors at the Community Marketplace, every Tuesday this summer from 11 - 4 on Granville Island.

Important dates:

July 30: regular intake ends. 
August 1: applications received after this date are considered on a rolling basis ("first come first serve") until the September cohort is full.
September 15: program start date


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"I just thought I was going to take a part in a program on values-based entrepreneurialism and grassroots economic alternatives... As if that wasn't amazing enough! But, Groundswell Community has been so much more. It's a family of thinkers, makers, and doers (and inspiring mentors) who care about each other, their communities, and are working to change the world for the better."

Caitlin Bryant, Groundswell alumna, 2016

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