"So... what do you do?" If you're freelancing or building a business, you know the sometimes awkward feeling of trying to describe what you do to potential clients or funders. Which details to include? Which to leave out? This short workshop will go over the basics of how to engage the listener in your story.
Last Info Session before Build Program starts Feb 25! Interested in Groundswell’s social entrepreneurship programs? This is your opportunity to get all the information about Explore, Build, and our community of early stage social entrepreneurs, AND see if you qualify for a bursary!
Hey Freelancer! Want to build your business? Validation is the process of testing a hypothesis by speaking to the ideal advisory board - your potential customers! Apply now to audit this workshop for free. Space is limited to 5 people. Workshop will begin with an introduction to Groundswell and a short overview of our programs
“I’m not sure if my business is a social venture because I need to make money.”
~ Every prospective student ever
If we want to help other people in the world, are we destined to live in poverty? This is the message we receive in a capitalist society. From the starving artist trope to the overworked and under-resourced nonprofit world, we are told that to be creative and to do work that benefits others means sacrificing material security. Somewhere along the line we uncoupled the idea of doing good and doing well. Not many of us have the luxury to forgo an income in the name of living our values. Where does that leave us?
Join us for a chat with Vancity’s Liz Lougheed-Green about our relationship to profit, and breaking down the barriers around access to money.
Featuring: Speaker: Elizabeth Lougheed-Green, Director, Community Investment, Vancity
Stay after the chat for our monthly community potluck! Network and meet other social entrepreneurs!
Accessibility & Getting Here
Groundswell is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access to the 4th floor of the Sun Wah building from the lobby. Washrooms are gender neutral and wheelchair accessible.
From the lobby, take the elevator up to the 4th floor and head down the hallway to your right. Do not take the escalator up form the lobby unless you like figuring out mazes!
The Sun Wah parking garage is locked at 7 pm so if you are driving, please find street parking.
Every month, Groundswell hosts a community potluck and gathering to connect, share and celebrate with new and old faces in this ecosystem of social change and entrepreneurship. Come hang out!
Is Branding something you know your business needs but you have no idea how to go about creating it? Branding is so much more than just logos, colours, and fonts. Learn how you can create a brand that won't quit with Anna Bohn, our resident design and branding expert and proud Groundswell alumni.
Get a taste of the workshop series that participants are calling "groundbreaking" and explore the first step towards becoming a social entrepreneur: looking inward. You’ll also get the 411 on Groundswell’s programs. Bring yourself, your curiosity and your questions!
What can we do to create a world where everyone can celebrate and offer their talents without discrimination? This is why Groundswell wants to hold space for a conversation about being queer and/or trans in business. Let’s celebrate the unique talents, experiences and creativity of the LCGTQ2S+ community that can make our city and culture flourish - and learn how to amplify them!
Build it and they will come? Well that depends. You might have an amazing, innovative or new product/service. But if you don't tell the right people, at the right time, in the right way - you could be out of luck. In this interactive session, you’ll hear from Selena McLachlan, Director of Marketing & Communications at Modo Co-operative, on her experience marketing products and services in the social purpose and co-operative business space.
We carry an incredible media making machine in our hands every day. Learn to make the best of your smart phone and tell you story through video with authenticity. Join the Groundswell Build Cohort for a special media-making workshop with Groundswell alum and filmmaker Flick Harrison.
It’s not only about developing the hard skills needed to run a business. Social entrepreneurs also need emotional resilience and community, and that is where our team of mentors comes in. Mentors bring real hard-won life experience to the discussion, an invaluable resource to our students. Join us for our monthly social and meet some of the Groundswell mentors, each of whom are successful entrepreneurs in very different fields. (Also they are funny and insightful and kind people too, just saying.)
Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Do you need resources but ‘business school’ is NOT your jam? Do you have a strong desire to support yourself and make a change in the world? Groundswell might be a good fit for you. We invite you to be our guest at this awesome 3 hour workshop (valued at $150), then join Groundswell co-founder Gilad Babchuk for an informal information session.
What does a day in the life of a social entrepreneur really look like?
Meet these courageous, young Groundswell alumni who have taken the change they want to see in the world into their own hands. They are putting their heart and sweat into building cooperatives, small businesses and social enterprises, and they want to share then ups and downs of this rollercoaster reality of entrepreneurship with you!
Get your books in order! Learn simple tools and tricks to manage and track your money and give you control of your finances, with freelancer & small business accounting expert, Jessica Somers.
How does a place (organization? community?) like Groundswell grow?
Get all the details and ask us anything you want about the origin and journey of Groundswell, Vancouver’s only alternative business school, with co-founder and visionary Gilad Babchuk.