Welcome to Vancouver's alternative business school for social entrepreneurs.

We take an unconventional approach to building businesses.  We focus on you as much as we focus on your idea, and we believe your values should be the backbone of your business.  That's how we're creating sustainable communities and vibrant local economies.

We are a non-profit in the heart of Vancouver supporting the creation of fulfilling employment and social businesses, non-profits and cooperatives by providing space for young ideas and ventures to grow, connect and flourish.

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.


In a time of transition and looking for clarity about your next steps? 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.
One month personal development program.

Learn more about Explore


Have a side hustle or great business idea? 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.
Five month entrepreneurship training and mentorship.

Learn more about Build

Test Market

Have a new product? 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.
10 test market days plus workshops and mentoring.

Learn more about Test Market

Student Life


Meet Groundswell alumni, learn about their businesses, read the student blog, and learn about their Groundswell journey.

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Groundswell offers accessible programs thanks to a huge ecosystem including these funders and in-kind donors. 
Thank you for your support!