It is Groundswell’s mandate to keep our programs accessible and inclusive and reduce the risk of starting and growing a business. As a Groundswell student or alumni, you can access scholarships and microfinancing which can be used together to make tuition payments simple and easy, as well as seed funding to launch and grow your small business.
Special thanks to our funders and donors for your support in making Groundswell more accessible!
Scholarships are available for BIPOC, trans people, people with disabilities, and low-income inner city residents for all three of our social entrepreneurship programs: Explore, Build, and Test Market . As a show of commitment and to have some skin in the game, no scholarship will cover 100% of program tuition. The remaining tuition is eligible for microfinancing through our partnership with Vancity, see more info on that below.
Indicate your interest for a scholarship when you apply for any Groundswell program . Scholarships are dispersed according to your level of need and what impact the program can have for you, plus the amount of scholarship funding available.