Are you in a time of transition?
Do you want support to start or grow a business?
Are you motivated by a desire to make an impact?

We call ourselves an alternative business school because we specifically support people who want to cooperate and not compete, and who share values of action, collaboration, and inclusion.

Social Entrepreneurship Programs

Fall programs start October 4, 2019



Take a crash course in YOU. It's the first step to create the future you want for yourself and your community by tuning into your purpose.


You have what it takes. Design your social venture from the ground up - with hands-on learning, tools and mentorship every step of the way.

Test Market

Validate your product or service in real-time. You bring the goods - we'll bring potential customers and helpful mentors in a live market setting.

Your Support System


“You’re getting access to decades of experience, and you can’t learn this stuff from a book.” Tong Guan, Founder, DoWhatULuv; Build alumni.

We're deeply committed to building strong businesses by building strong relationships. When you're your own boss, who do you go to for support? Who's your sounding board? Our mentors are experts in marketing, lean startups, impact, sales, scaling, non-profits, sustainability, finance, branding, pricing, and operations.


Money, right? We strongly believe that all people with the drive and the capacity to be self-employed should have access to the training and the capital to do so.

We are deeply grateful to Vancity for partnering with us to offer students no fee loans to cover tuition and alumni for up to $50,000 of startup capital. Vancity will provide the loan, and Groundswell’s programs and mentors will help you manage the risk. All you need to do from here is kick butt.

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