Business Ownership SchoolSM

GroundSwell trains business ownership experts.

Business Ownership SchoolSM

GroundSwell trains business ownership experts.

What is Business Ownership SchoolSM?

Even if you didn't graduate from Harvard Business School, you deserve the same opportunities. Our Business Ownership SchoolSM is better than a traditional top-tier MBA, at a fraction of the cost. We teach you the critical integrated knowledge and skills to create wealth and peace of mind.

What you'll learn

  • How to assess if a company is really different
  • How to create a unique strategy if it isn’t
  • How to effectively build an organization without trial and error
  • How to lead and manage people with genuine buy-in
  • How to manage financials accurately using time as a key variable
  • How to make better decisions and manage your gut reactions in the moment

What you get

  • Become a Certified Business OwnerSM ("CBO")
  • Access to our Business Ownership PlatformSM
  • Access to a powerful alumni network
  • Career opportunities in investment banking, management consulting, private equity and business ownership

Feel restricted, or stuck in your career?

We know what it's like to invest the money and time to get a traditional MBA and not get much out of it. Contact us to see how we can help.

man working from home delighting in business ownership

How does it work?

Our curriculum emphasizes the critical, repeatable skills required for ownership success through scenario-based learning. Rather than teaching you everything, we focus on the relevant business ownership skills that typically take fifteen to twenty years to learn on the job.

You can attend our Business Ownership SchoolSM directly or assign someone from your organization to gain the knowledge and implement it in your business for you.

Whether you're interested in investment banking, management consulting, private equity or general management, we'll equip you with the knowledge and skills to be confident and successful.

man working from home delighting in business ownership

Live or recorded online classes

We offer both live and recorded online classes.


Free 1-month trial period

Not sure about the time and money, check us out for a month for free!


Flexible schedule

If you have the desire and the commitment, we have flexible class options whether it’s attending live classes during the day, night or weekends or watching recorded classes anytime or anywhere.


Time commitment/duration

Our typical student or Fellow takes between 800-1,000 hours including class time and assignments to complete our content over six to eighteen months depending on their time and schedule.


Financial assistance

We provide financing up to 80% of our tuition through our Income Share Agreement (“ISA”) program. We only get paid back when you’re successful. We’ve also partnered with a number of third-party lenders who can finance part of our tuition as well.


Career options after completion

We teach you ownership skills that prepare you for high paying careers in industries that get paid to think for and like business owners including investment banking, management consulting, private equity as well as general management and business ownership.

“GroundSwell was the best thing I could do for my mind and my career development.”

Julia F.

Post-grad career options

We give you real options to use what you’ve learned.

Buy and grow a business

We’ll teach you how to find a business to buy, get the money to buy it, close the deal and then manage your team, payroll and investors while having a life.

Profit sharing partnerships

Learn how to get paid as an owner where you work.

Work for GroundSwell

Are you interested in a multi-faced career building and buying businesses? GroundSwell selectively hires our own graduates.

Work for someone else

Are you interested in investment banking, consulting, private equity or general management? You’ll learn the knowledge and skills you need in those careers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ownership skills

What are business ownership skills?

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Download our Business Ownership Skills PDF now and discover three board categories of skills as well as the five specific content areas that all integrate holistically together to define ownership skills. The guide also provides DIY resources to get you going on your journey.

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