COOPSTARTUP is a project that aims at setting up cooperative start-ups. It comes from the need to promote entrepreneurship among young people encouraging the adoption of the cooperative model and affirming the presence of cooperatives in “new markets”.

Since its launch in May 2013, has been developing by means of different actions and tools:

  • A heterogeneous working group, “open” and growing as time goes by (the group gathers, young and not so young, coming from Legacoop, public institutions and start-up world);
  • Sharing experiences;
  • A growing network of qualified partners (universities, research centres, business angels, business incubators and start-up accelerators);
  • Use of web and social networks as collaborative tools to spread information, share results and collect suggestions for improvements;
  • Organisation of local calls to trial selection processes of business ideas promoted by groups of potential co-operators (at least 3 people per group);
  • Provision of project management support to Legacoop’s national, regional and sector structures to organise local programs and calls;
  • A practical guide to starting up a cooperative;
  • A free online training course on business modelling, cooperation and team working;
  • Organisation of mentoring activities for groups in the pre start-up phase and follow up;
  • Provision of non-repayable loans for the start-ups coming from local programs.
  • Specific financial tools for cooperative start-ups.

Global goals covered