Co-operative Pitches - win up to £4,000 to start or grow a Co-operative

May 3, 2017

As a Co-operative, this opportunity from Co-operatives UK is close to our hearts: 

What better way to 'reimagine our economy' - to help build a fairer society - than providing support to new and existing co-ops with innovative ideas?

What is the co-operative pitch?

Co-operatives UK are asking co-operatives to put forward their new ideas - their innovative solutions - in a bid to win a cash prize and business support. The best ones will be invited to pitch to a 'Dragon's Den' panel at the UK Co-operatives Congress on Saturday 1 July in front of an audience from across the co-operative sector. A cash prize of £2,000 is up for grabs, plus business support worth up to £2,000 through The Hive to help get the great winning idea off the ground. The runner-up will also win the business support package.

What's on offer:

  • o Prize money of £2,000 courtesy of sponsors Co-op Insurance for the winner;
  • o Four days of business support worth an additional £2,000 for the winner and runner-up; and
  • o Potential to attract further support/investment via the Co-opertative Congress 

What's the idea?

Co-operatives UK is simply looking to hear the best ideas which we it then shortlist ahead of Congress.

Maybe you have a burning idea for a new co-operative – one that will do things a little differently? Perhaps you are a member of an existing co-op and have an innovative solution to an existing problem? Maybe you have a new product or service that needs further development? Or perhaps your new business idea or product/service is already past the development stage and needs an additional push?

Last year’s entrants featured a programme for co-operative freelancers; a new co-operative workspace in Luton; an environmentally friendly Nespresso compatible capsule; a saver scheme for schoolchildren; and a capital investment-focused national student housing co-op body. As we said, the scope is wide, so let Co-operative UK hear your big ideas.

To apply, click HERE.

All pitches must be submitted by existing co-operatives, or individuals/groups looking to set up a new co-operative initiative. Read the full Co-op Pitches terms and conditions HERE .

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