The accelerator built for co-ops looking to scale

We believe that creating ownership changes lives. Our vision is to build a more inclusive and just economy through scalable, distributed ownership models.





 

Start.coop provides strategic tools, knowledge and investment that empowers entrepreneurs in building transformative, scaleable, cooperatively owned businesses. We measure our work through both our economic impact and our societal impact.

 

OUR COHORT: The Staffing Co-Op

The Staffing Platform for the Future of Work

This revolutionary staffing firm is a multi-sector staffing company owned by its workers, and focused on people of color. The enterprise currently has two brands one for formerly incarcerated individuals, and one which is an on-demand labor platform for tech and creative workers. The Staffing Cooperative is expanding their services as a worker-owned staffing firm that provides part-time, full-time and per-project talent leasing solutions using an online placement platform. The current member owners - comprised entirely by people of color - often face discrimination when seeking employment, and rarely have the voting rights or stake in their employment that the Staffing Co-op provides.

OUR COHORT: Driver's Seat Data Co-Op

Platform Co-Op that Helps Rideshare Drivers Increase Their Earnings

Driver's Seat Data Co-op is an innovative, scalable model that enables gig workers to leverage and monetize the value of the data that they generate. Driver’s Seat helps for-hire drivers take control of their own data. The co-op creates individualized data products that help members adjust their driving strategies to increase their earnings, and analyzes group data to help drivers develop a collective understanding of platform dynamics. Driver’s Seat generates additional value for driver-members by marketing aggregated, anonymized data to industry and civic organizations.

OUR COHORT: Savvy Cooperative

The Nation’s First Patient-Owned Health Data Platform

Savvy’s platform co-op connects patients and companies to advance patient-centered care via patient surveys, studies, and other “gigs”. Savvy believes profits on patient research should also be shared back to the very patients who are providing those insights, and it also provides patients with voting rights to make sure the company never loses its accountability or focus. Savvy has been highlighted in Fast Company and was just named one of the 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs of 2018!

OUR COHORT: RedHen Collective

Worker Owned & Farmer First Wine Importer

Recently profiled in Forbes, RedHen Collective is a feminist, worker-owned wine importer and wholesaler who is looking to pay their farmers first, and also to share profits with their employees. The traditional way of doing business often leaves wine growers out in the cold. RedHen is solving this problem by building a regenerative pool of credit so they can pay farmers up front. For their workers, RedHen is investing in their team by sharing profits and governance to create a culture of transparency and gratitude. Consumers win by knowing their wine comes from happier farmers and employees. RedHen embodies a new economy based on gratitude, transparency, collaboration, and regenerative ecology.

OUR COHORT: Expert Collective

Co-Op That Helps Academic Experts Build Visibility Towards Industry

Expert Collective is a new platform enabling academic experts to build visibility towards industry, and hoping to capture a portion of the US $241 billion in consulting fees sold by management and technology advisory services firms in finance, biotech, healthcare, manufacturing, and software development. The platform is owned by the academic experts that it serves.

OUR COHORT: Arizmendi Roots & Returns

Hybrid Co-Op dedicated to building affordable housing

Arizmendi has a well known history of creating scalable worker co-ops, having created a network of worker-owned bakery locations around California’s bay area, and more recently worker-owned construction and landscape design companies. This new affordable housing co-op is looking to accelerate affordable housing development, and to share profits with not just investors, but also workers, and homeowners as well.

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Gain the tools to transform an industry

1. Knowledge & Training

From cooperative governance to digital marketing, access our exclusive content via virtual and in-person workshops and webinars over the 10 weeks. We use a unique blend of co-op knowledge, tech start-up experience and curriculum from our partners in the Fledge Accelerator program. Our cohort based approach helps co-ops save time and grow faster.

2. Strategic Mentorship

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.

3. Platform Services

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.

4. Investment

We believe enough in each participant that we hand them $10,000. In addition, we provide strategy on how to best use shareholder fundraising, co-op loan programs, social impact investors, and traditional investors.

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Our Cooperative Ownership Model

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, we require all graduates to Pay It Forward to future co-ops by sharing a small amount of their future revenue. This model, called revenue based financing, is a non-extractive investment model, and it has been proven out by dozens of start-ups in the Fledge Accelerator network. In line with our cooperative model, all Start.coop participants owners benefit from:

  • Patronage dividends (profit sharing)
  • Voting rights
  • Board representation

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Our Cohort


Core Staffing

THE STAFFING CO-OP

The Staffing Cooperative is multi-sector staffing company owned by its workers, and focused on people of color. The Cooperative currently has two brands: 1: Core Staffing, an agency for returning citizens (formerly incarcerated individuals) currently operating in food processing,  light manufacturing, and warehousing. 2: Tribe Staffing, an on-demand platform for tech and creative workers.  Looking to expand its scale so it can provide additional opportunities.

 


 


Driver's Seat Data

DRIVER’S SEAT DATA CO-OP

Driver’s Seat Data Co-op enables gig workers to own and monetize the value of the data that they generate. Driver’s Seat analyzes driver location patterns to create individualized data products that help members adjust their driving strategies to increase their earnings. The large scale collective data products that Driver’s Seat creates are marketed to industry and civic organizations, generating additional value that is returned to driver-members.

 


 


Savvy

SAVVY CO-OP

Savvy’s platform co-op connects patients and companies to advance patient-centered care via patient surveys, studies, and other “gigs”. Savvy believes profits on patient research should also be shared back to the very patients who are providing those insights, and it also provides patients with voting rights to make sure the company never loses its accountability or focus. Savvy has been highlighted in Fast Company and was just named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs of 2018!

 


 


Red Hen

REDHEN COLLECTIVE

Recently profiled in Forbes, RedHen Collective is a feminist, worker-owned wine importer and wholesaler who is looking to pay their farmers first, and also to share profits with their employees. RedHen embodies a new economy based on gratitude, transparency, collaboration, and regenerative ecology.  The traditional way of doing business often leaves wine growers out in the cold. RedHen is solving this problem by building a regenerative pool of credit so they can pay farmers up front. For their workers, RedHen is investing in their team by sharing profits and governance to create a culture of transparency and gratitude. Consumers win by knowing their wine comes from happier farmers and employees.

 


 


Expert Collective

EXPERT COLLECTIVE

Founder Enrique Shadah is Program Director at MIT’s Office of Corporate Relations Industrial Liaison Program connecting MIT academic experts to executives in large publicly traded and privately-held companies such as finance, biotech, healthcare, manufacturing, and software development. Expert Collective is a cooperatively owned by the academic experts on the platform, enabling those experts to build visibility towards industry, and hoping to capture a portion of the $241 billion in fees in 2018 from the over 700,000 firms that offer management and technology advisory services in the U.S.

 


 


Arizmendi Co-op

ARIZMENDI ROOTS & RETURNS CO-OP 

Arizmendi has a well known history of creating scalable worker co-ops, having created a network of worker-owned bakery locations around California’s bay area, and more recently a worker-owned construction company and a landscape design/build company. This new affordable housing co-op looks to share financial surplus with investors, worker-owners, homeowner hosts, and residents as well as to build a fund for accelerating housing development.

 

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