With the rise of the online gig economy, the National Co-operative Development Strategy has called for support for “platform co-operatives using new technology for shared ownership services.”
Co-operatives UK are teaming up with Stir To Action to launch — UnFound — an accelerator programme from May to June 2018.
A platform co-operative is a co-owned, democratically-governed business that uses an online platform or mobile app to enable people to meet their needs or solve a problem by networking people and assets.
“Platform Cooperativism is about creating the tools and strategies to shift power on the internet from extractive monopolies to generative democracy.”
— Nathan Schneider, Platform cooperativism co-organiser
This intensive programme will support early stage platform co-ops with their business development, user acquisition, and funding strategies.
It will feature six masterclasses, a team of mentors, peer-to-peer support, pitch training, and a live crowdfunding event.
Test your assumptions, prove market viability, and refine your product or service.
You’ll leave the programme with a roadmap for the development of your platform.
Weekly sessions provided through a network of expert advisors and start-up specialists.
Get connected within and beyond the co-operative movement.
Learn to share your story and present your ideas to potential funders and future team members.
Pitch your idea to 400+ people at Co-operatives UK’s congress in London on 23 June 2018.
Mark Hooper is the founder of Indycube, a co-operative coworking network. He is currently working with Community Union and the small team at Indycube to build UK coverage and a membership of 100,000 freelancers.
Rebecca Rae is a pro-social strategist working on digital engagement, social impact and ethics for The Federation, a community of digital businesses in Manchester. She also founded Tech for Good Live, a series of events and podcasts that look at how digital technology can be used for social change.
Dan Stanley co-founded Small Axe, a movement-building nonprofit, and currently leads Cohere Partners, a brand strategy consultancy that develops brands and communications for some of the biggest businesses and nonprofit organisations in the world.
Emma Laycock leads Co-operatives UK’s Advisory Services Team and has worked at all levels within co-operative and mutual enterprises to advise on, design and develop governance arrangements, structures, and solutions.
Dave Boyle is the Director of the Community Shares Company and has helped over 30 groups raise more than £6.5M from community shares in the last 3 years. He is a Licensed Practitioner by the Community Shares Unit, and is an associate of Crowdfunder.
Sam Toland is an Irish legal professional, with a managerial background in technology and housing. He works closely with the Resonate Board and Founder Peter Harris, supporting their co-operatively owned music streaming service.
The first step is to apply to join our programme (click ‘Apply Now’).
Your application will be assessed by a five-person panel.
We’ll then follow up with an in-person interview.
The final step is our offer, where you’re invited to join our programme.