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.
Our CoopWorks programme aims to create jobs, shared wealth, protecting workers labor rights and at the same time creating positive social and environmental impact tackling climate change effects.
Coopworks combines traditional business curriculum with cooperative principles to create more resilient jobs in Europe and address #COVID-19 economic impacts.
Weekly training sessions
Active Slack community
Access to a mentor pool
Our first cohort started in October and ends in December 2020. We designed an online programme for 10 startup teams - 28 participants based in Europe. Our teams are in three stages of development:
Stage 1: four teams in idea stage without clear business models
Stage 2: four teams with prototypes and basic business models
Stage 3: two teams with tested prototypes and more advanced business models
Teams focus on social impact and sustainability in the following areas: co-working spaces in rural areas, job search, nurse’s empowerment, food delivery, energy transition, social movements empowerment and gamification.
But they have in common the following aspects:
We have a network of around eight coaches and trainers who together with topic experts and investors run the weekly training session and provide further support to startups with their coaching sessions.
Our mentor pool consists of more than 12 mentors, who bridge the cooperative and startup worlds.
Meet Our Mentors
Startup teams get to showcase their projects and progress to which they're dedicating their time. This online event is dedicated to get more prepared for fundraising processes. Startups will pitch their ideas as in a real stage to their peers, CoopWorks’ network, including investors. The event includes one-to-one interaction with relevant actors and teams will get the chance to mingle with and learn from other founders within our mentor pool.