Doing it Differently: Radical Women in Business
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Doing it Differently: Radical Women in Business

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These radical and feminist social entrepreneurs and impact investors are instigators in the national startup ecosystem. What does feminism bring to the social innovation economy? What challenges and advantages do women have in building a new social economy? Join us in celebrating and amplifying these diverse voices of doing business differently.

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Groundswell Test Market
Aug
27
11:00 AM11:00

Groundswell Test Market

The Groundswell Test Market happens every Tuesday, on Granville Island from 11-4pm! Our participants are artists, makers, and food producers that are turning their products and crafts into a sustainable livelihood for themselves. This is a new hands-on learning model that blends business school with a marketplace, exclusively for socially and environmentally conscious products, art, food and crafts.

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Validation Workshop: How ideas become businesses
Jul
30
6:00 PM18:00

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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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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