We're hiring - Start-up Mentor

Groundswell is hiring for fall - a Start-up Mentor. If you're interested, send us a quick note with your CV and a short statement about what the new economy means to you to paola@groundswellcommunity.ca

Start-up Mentor


  • Using currently existing course resources and a syllabus, modify and teach a class on Alternative Business methodology, with a focus on human-centered design, lean start-up methodology and the business model canvas (November to December, 12 hours class time)

  • Lead sessions 2 and 3 of the Groundswell curriculum: Validation and Alternative-to-Business Planning, and Marketing and Pitching Your Enterprise (January - May).

  • Mentor participants on an ad hoc basis, as requested.

  • Develop workshops aimed at the alternative-to-business community in Vancouver, to be run in our 3,000 square foot classroom space at Powell and Princess streets.


  • You’re very familiar with lean start-up methodology and the business model canvas, or you have alternative methodologies that you can teach (and convince us we should use!)

  • You’re familiar with human-centered design, or at least have a keen interest in it.

  • You have some experience with one-on-one mentorship, and you love helping people who are discovering their unique passions and skillsets.

  • You’re sensitive to the realities of economic marginalization in the Downtown Eastside, on unceded Coast Salish territories, and you want to be part of community economic development without displacement.

  • You want social innovation that addresses the real and profound problems with our current economic system, and you value the special expertise of those who are most impacted by these problems.

  • You’re interested in a wide variety of perspectives on what constitutes real system change, and you approach these conversations with an open mind and heart.

7-month contract with strong possibility of extension, 16-24 hours per week.