CoopWorks is a two-month entrepreneurship program for early-stage team startups in the field of platform cooperatives. We provide co-ops know-how, coaching, mentoring and an active online community working in cooperatives and inclusive digitalization.
We support teams to launch their Platform Cooperative startup with the ultimate goal to create resilient jobs and shape the Future of Work towards a regenerative economy in Europe.
Join our CoopWorks programme and innovate in the way businesses are running while creating better quality of jobs and shared wealth, protecting workers labor rights and at the same time creating positive social and environmental impact tackling climate change effects.
For the first cohort, starting in October 2020, we are looking for entrepreneurship teams, or individuals that have access to a network of cooperatives with a Platform Cooperative idea.
Our online two-month programme is free of charge and it is run in English.
What we offer
Inspiring online business programme focuses on Platform Cooperative on sustainable areas
Access to our network of coaches and mentors
Peer-to-peer learning from a community of Platform Cooperative startups in Europe
Access to the largest global movement of cooperatives and inclusive digitalization
The period for the submission of applications will begin on 18. September 2020 and end at 00:00 CEST on 5. October 2020.
The tentative calendar is as follows:
Open call for applications
Extended close call for applications
Pitch day for shortlisted applicants
Announce selection of start-ups
Business & Cooperative
CoopWorks Europe Entrepreneurship Programme eligibility criteria is:
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What is a platform? A platform is an app or website used by individuals or groups to connect to one another or to organise services.
What is a cooperative? It is an autonomous association of persons united through a jointly-owned and democratically-managed enterprise.
About cooperative principles:
Platform co-ops are based on principles including: Broad-based ownership of the platform, in which workers control the technological features, production processes, algorithms, data, and job structures of the online platform; Democratic governance, in which all stakeholders who own the platform collectively govern the platform; Co-design of the platform, in which all stakeholders are included in the design and creation of the platform ensuring that software grows out of their needs, capacities, and aspirations; An aspiration to open source development and open data, in which new platform co-ops can lay the algorithmic foundations for other co-ops. Hence, it has the capacity to offer resilient and dignified jobs in the face of economic crisis and unexpected events, such as the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Platform co-ops are an alternative to venture capital-funded and centralized platforms, putting stakeholders before shareholders. It creates fair and dignified working conditions for users and workers, offering profits for the many, not the few. New platform co-ops are emerging every day, organizing in diverse sectors, such as urban recycling, circular economy among others.
You have a digital business idea in a sustainable area, such as circular economy, local value chains, climate resilience, among others;
You want to create resilient jobs and tackle a societal problem;
You have a team ‘preferably’ that is part of, or wants to be part of a cooperative; OR you are an entrepreneur, who has access to a cooperative network;
Your business idea is scalable to largest markets and your business model will have the potential to turn your startup into growth;
You and your team are based in Europe.
Your business idea has a basic prototype ‘preferably’, OR it is in its conceptual phase ready for prototyping;