Validation Workshop: How Ideas Become Businesses
May
29
5:30 PM17:30

Validation Workshop: How Ideas Become Businesses

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 workshop with Groundswell co-founder Gilad Babchuk.

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Makers Gonna Make A Living: Community Talk & Potluck
Apr
17
5:30 PM17:30

Makers Gonna Make A Living: Community Talk & Potluck

#makersgonnamake...a living! Creative folks: how can you take what you create and make a living for yourself? Meet these Vancouver based makers and artists who are making a living with their hands and their values. Learn about the struggles and opportunities that exist in Vancouver for creative folks who do what they love, and do what it takes.

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Discover Build - The Pitch! - Postponed
Feb
13
5:30 PM17:30

Discover Build - The Pitch! - Postponed

"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.

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Info Session
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

Info Session

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!

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Discover Build - Validation Workshop
Feb
4
4:30 PM16:30

Discover Build - Validation Workshop

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

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Doing Good and Doing Well: All about Money with Vancity's Liz Lougheed-Green
Jan
23
5:30 PM17:30

Doing Good and Doing Well: All about Money with Vancity's Liz Lougheed-Green

“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.

Community Potlucks

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! 

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Branding for Social Startups
Dec
12
5:30 PM17:30

Branding for Social Startups

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.

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Doing it Differently: LGBTQ2S+ In Business
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

Doing it Differently: LGBTQ2S+ In Business

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!

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You’re Trying to Sell What to Who? Lessons from the Sharing Economy
Nov
21
5:30 PM17:30

You’re Trying to Sell What to Who? Lessons from the Sharing Economy

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.

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Meet the Mentors | Groundswell Potluck Social
Oct
24
5:30 PM17:30

Meet the Mentors | Groundswell Potluck Social

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.) 

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Validation Workshop and Info Session - Groundswell Clubhouse
Oct
10
5:30 PM17:30

Validation Workshop and Info Session - Groundswell Clubhouse

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.

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