Welcome to Vancouver's alternative business school for social entrepreneurs.

We take an unconventional approach to building businesses.  We focus on you as much as we focus on your idea, and we believe your values should be the backbone of your business.  That's how we're creating sustainable communities and vibrant local economies.

We are a non-profit in the heart of Vancouver supporting the creation of fulfilling employment, small businesses, non-profits and cooperatives by providing space and support for ideas and ventures to grow, connect and flourish.

Our Programs

Whether you're looking for a new path, playing with an idea or have a side hustle you want to take to the next level,  our self-employment and social entrepreneurship programs meet you where you're at and give you the confidence, skills, and resources you need to create something new.


Are you in a time of transition and looking for clarity about your next steps? You know you were meant to do something more on your life's path, and we want to help you get momentum for the journey. Start exploring your future and find your next step here.
One month personal development program.

Learn more about Explore


Do you have a side gig or great business idea? Commit to living your purpose: combine your ideas, skills, and desire for positive impact to launch a small business with support from our experienced team of mentors and an extensive alumni community.
Five month entrepreneurship training and mentorship.

Learn more about Build

Test Market

Are you a maker or have a product based small business or hobby you want to grow? Give yourself a better chance of success by testing and refining your products in this unique, risk minimizing lab for early stage impact businesses.
10 test market days on Granville Island plus workshops and mentoring.

Learn more about Test Market

Student Life


Meet Groundswell alumni, learn how they turned their aspirations into sustainable small businesses, read the student blog, and learn about the Groundswell method of combining self growth with business idea growth.

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Groundswell offers accessible programs thanks to a huge ecosystem including these funders and in-kind donors. 
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