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