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.