Cohort 9 Ventures
Every Monday morning, we gather to learn a new concept and, in that same class, immediately start applying those new concepts to our business ideas. It’s relevant, it’s strategic, it’s purposeful and it’s made me reflect on my previous experiences of learning and education and how I may adapt my own teaching practice to incorporate such experiences for my students
Elisa went through a life-changing ritual a few years too late, experiencing a coming-of-age ceremony as an adult. But this experience put her on a path to revive this ancient ceremony for modern day girls. Read on to see how personal transformation is a constant element in Elisa’s journey as a social entrepreneur.
Meet Anna Bohn was freelancing when she came to Groundswell in 2016, seeking a way to bridge her design talents with her passion for environmental sustainability. Now, her design studio employs 3 people and works across North America, and she’s developing a Lighter Footprint app with UBC, taking on the challenge of entrepreneurship in many different arenas.
Irina came to Canada with a background in law and retail, and a love of fashion and the environment. She was also done with a regular career. She turned a lay off at work into the springboard she needed to jump into a new life as an entrepreneur. Read how she made the leap and is now leading the conversation and taking action in textile recycling and reuse in Metro Vancouver with her three ventures.
I find much inspiration in the work of Buckminster Fuller and feel that his wisdom will resonate for many who are connected to Groundswell. Whether this is an initial introduction to ‘Bucky’ or a reminder to those who are familiar, his response to an inquisitive ten year old is a refreshing read. As we heed entrepreneurial advice to do the work, to show the love, to just keep going, to be the change, to let go of certainty, to defy fear- these insightful words can be a grounding place to return to on the journey.
Groundswell and Helder Ventures, an impact investment firm, 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. Read more to apply and share the news!
Meet Miri, who learnt about Groundswell’s Build program 4 days before it started! Luckily for this hypnotherapist, a seat was free. Read Miri’s first hand experience of taking that leap and finding herself equip with a clear vision for her practice, a plethora of business skills, and a team of mentors and peers supporting her and her purpose driven business just half way through the program.
What is Groundswell? Alum Rob Wallace, Upbeet Farm, takes a stab at defining it to those curious about what he’s up to these days…