As we work cooperatively to build a more just economy for all people, we are seeking a diverse cohort representing women, family businesses, veterans, minorities, immigrants and LGBTQ people. The Start.coop planning team will select our 2018 class using the following criteria.
- Social impact (inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic)
- Financial viability
- Industry expertise
- Ability to execute
- Passion & entrepreneurial spirit
Growing co-op startups into scalable, cooperatively-owned businesses
At the end of the 10-week program, participating teams have a chance to pitch to social impact and traditional investors, as well as pursue shareholder fundraising and co-op loan programs.
The goal of Start.coop is to build a more inclusive and just economy through scalable, distributed ownership models. The alignment of the Start.coop investment network ensures that viable, sustainable alternatives to economic consolidation are built to scale and grow into successful cooperative businesses.