WHAT YOU GET IN THE CO-OP ACADEMY:
The Co-op Academy is how we build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice … one cooperative at a time.
WHAT IS IT?
It is an intensive 5-month long training and support program that helps teams of aspiring entrepreneurs develop worker-owned green businesses. It is unique in its focus on businesses that are both green and worker-owned. And utilizes an aggressive combination of training, coaching, and technical services. Think of it as a business boot camp for cooperative start-ups The program includes classroom trainings; business coaches; and business support services such as legal incorporation, graphic design, and website development. The course is specifically designed so that each team is able to get their business up and running by the completion of the course.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The Coop Academy is designed for teams working together on a single business concept. It is recommended that each team consist of at least three people. While the Coop Academy is open to anyone, applications from teams with a majority of residents from the Bronx, especially the South Bronx, receive higher priority in the application process.
IS THERE A FEE FOR THE COURSE?
No. In 2015, Mayor De Blasio and the City Council enacted into law Intro 423-A. This new law requires the Department of Small Businesses Services and the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services to report on the number of contracts awarded to worker-owned cooperatives and the amount of worker-owned cooperatives that are receiving assistance from the city.
As part of the new law, Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative was created to fund and institutionally support the organizations that help incubate worker-owned cooperatives in NYC. The Co-op Academy is made possible by this historic initiative.
HOW DO I ENROLL?
If you want to build a model green business that you and your community will be proud of, the Coop Academy can help you do it.
Check back here for the Spring 2017 Co-op Academy registration form.