Announcing: Social Entrepreneurship Scholarships for Newcomer Women

Newcomer women to Canada earn 30-40% less than Canadian-born women and immigrant men, with an average income of $26,700. They are more likely to be unemployed or work part-time. In fact, there is a gap of 5,600 newcomer women in Metro Vancouver who could be self-employed, but aren’t due to lack of financing, access to a network, and language barriers.

This new scholarship program will support newcomer women by providing 50-75% of Groundswell program tuition.

Groundswell, Vancouver’s alternative business school for social entrepreneurs, and Helder Ventures, an impact investment firm, are committed to empowering underrepresented entrepreneurs and growing the local impact ecosystem. The two organizations are  partnering to offer scholarships for newcomer women to Canada to give them the confidence, skills, tools and space to find their unique gift and put it to work for themselves and for their community.

Groundswell programs will help immigrant women define, validate and launch a small business. Women will also connect to an outstanding network of mentors and advisors, and get access to founder-friendly seed capital.

Program Dates

Jan. 18 - June 19, 2019 (Explore + Build program package)

Scholarship application deadline extended!

January 7, 2019

Tuition Scholarship

50-75% of tuition, Limited spots available

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Immigrant or Refugee Woman in Canada, less than 10 years in Canada

  • Have a desire to start a business with a social or environmental benefit

  • You can have a business idea or early stage business, but it is not necessary.

  • Intermediate-Advanced English

  • No prior business experience is required

Important dates

  • Deadline to apply: January 7, 2019

  • Interviews with short-listed candidates: January 2 - Jan 12, 2019

  • Results announced: January 13, 2019

  • Deposits due: January 15, 2019

About Groundswell

We at Groundswell believe that when people work from their strengths and get the change to share their unique gift with the world, magic happens. We are an alternative business school where young ideas and budding social entrepreneurs connect and flourish.

About Helder Ventures

Helder Ventures is an impact investment firm. Our goal is to grow both the social venture start-up community and the impact investing community in Canada. By focusing our efforts on building both the supply of purpose capital, as well as viable demand for impact investment through our advisory services, we believe we can push significant change in the core goals behind many impact startups.

Ways to Support

  1. Know someone who would be a great candidate? Connect them with us: elena@helderventures.com or share this post.

  2. Become a mentor: hello@groundswellcommunity.ca

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