Scalable acceleration for distributed ownership
An intense program of entrepreneurial education and mentorship, guiding entrepreneurs down the path from idea to successful co-op at scale.
Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs in building transfAn intense program of entrepreneurial education and mentorship, guiding entrepreneurs down the path from idea to successful co-op at scale.
Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs in building transformative, scaleable cooperatively owned businesses, and in creating viable, sustainable alternatives to economic consolidation. Start.coop is accelerating a new generation of transformative cooperative businesses. We provide mentorship, workshops, platform services, and investment for entrepreneurs seeking to launch cooperatively owned enterprises at scale.
Knowledge & Training
Start.coop provides far more training than most accelerators, covering the full set of entrepreneurial skills required by successful co-op entrepreneurs. Our curriculum ranges from cooperative governance to digital marketing. Classes are conducted on a rotating schedule of virtual and in-person over the 10 weeks.
Connect to our growing mentor network made up of world class entrepreneurs, experts, and co-op developers. We are honored that our mentor network includes multiple co-op hall of fame inductees.
Ranging from human resources, member management software, marketing platforms, rebate tracking, accounting, and cloud services, our proven shared services and tools allow individual co-ops to benefit from the power of cooperation.
A $10,000 Investment + we provide strategy to leverage shareholder fundraising, co-op loan programs, social impact investors, and traditional investors.
10 Weeks of Intensity
The formal programming at Start.coop lasts for 10 weeks. It’s a short amount of time for all that gets accomplished. We will be in person for the few weeks, then meet virtually, then back together for a closing round of work.
We believe enough in each participant that we hand them $10,000. In exchange for the cash, the program, and all the follow-up support, you agree to share a small amount of future revenue back to Start.coop so that we can fund our work with other co-ops.
This non-extractive investment structure was designed to make Start.coop a partner in the success of each new coop that we create together. Our incentives are aligned with the founders, to find a path to sufficient, sustainable revenues. Our graduates can also become owners of Start.coop sharing in any surplus profits generated.more
Funds8 startupsper year
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