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Now accepting applications for January 2019 programs

In transition? Want to start or grow a business? Need some skills but hate the idea of going to business school? We call ourselves an alternative business school because we specifically support people who want to cooperate and not compete, and who share our values of action, inclusivity, and holistic living. Hear from some of those people below!

How it Works: Conlan’s Journey


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Your First Step On A New Path

“It isn't often that you are asked to really dig deep and ask yourself what makes you the person you are and how those traits can be translated into a potential project or idea to benefit our community!”

Bernadette Cheung

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Hands On Business Development

“Build gave me the focus, time and critical thinking required to transform an idea into something real. We all received personalized mentorship, and on point business knowledge in a friendly, non-judgemental atmosphere.”

M. Boardman, Minivillage

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A Living Laboratory

“The Test Market was perfect for us as we didn’t invest a lot of money and we got the most out of the money we did put in. We got tremendous experience and confidence that is motivating us to keep growing the business.”

Shivam Jaiswal, Chai Shai


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When you’re talking about small businesses, lifestyle, or just about anything in Vancouver, you’re probably talking about #affordability! Many of us have an awkward relationship with money, and we don’t shy away from this topic at Groundswell. But what makes difficult things easier to deal with? Friends! One of Groundswell’s best buddies is Vancity, a credit union that really cares about its community. Find out how you can get accessible microfinancing to cover program fees, startup costs, and more.

Is Groundswell for you?

Our alum recommend Groundswell to anyone who…

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“…wants support in a career transition towards social entrepreneurship.”

- Daphne Woo, Amacata.

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“…is seeking personal growth, and the chance to develop a working alternative that supports you and your community.”

- Conlan Mansfield, Feral Strength.

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“…is looking for guidance on fulfilling their purpose in life.”

- Dima Itskovic, Dance of Hope.


“…wants to start their own business, but doesn't tend to take the traditional path. Someone who wants to start a conscious business with a social impact.”

- Cori Busby, Conscious Kitchen.

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