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, and access to fair financial services. 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 two people and many more can participate in a team. 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.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE ON A TEAM?
You must have have at least one other person on your team, and as many as you want - there's no maximum number. Each member of your team must complete the application form (see link above or below.)
The application process for the Co-op Academy is highly competitive. We're looking first and foremost for strong teams with a mix of talents and experience. Keep that in mind when forming your team. And while the Co-op Academy is open to all, we place a special emphasis on teams based in the Bronx.
IS THERE A FEE FOR THE COURSE?
No. The Co-op Academy is offered free of charge! That’s right. Thanks in part to support from the City of New York’s Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative and the Simon Bolivar Foundation, we are able to offer the Co-op Academy at no charge to you.
HOW LONG IS THE COURSE?
It is a 20-week cooperative business intensive. We call it a "boot camp" for cooperative start ups.
The Co-op Academy takes place Monday evenings from February 6th to July 19th. In addition to the weekly evening sessions, all participants are expected to meet weekly with their teams and dedicate additional time towards research, interviewing potential customers and partners, and testing their product or service. Participants will also be required to meet occasionally with the teaching team, an assigned mentor, and supporting lawyers, and graphic & web designers.
The Coop Academy is designed to help you and your team launch your cooperative by the completion of the course and grow successfully together.
WHERE IS THE CO-OP ACADEMY HELD?
The Coop Academy is held at our office in the Hunt's Point section of the Bronx. We're located at 1231 Lafayette Avenue, 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY, 10474.
ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS?
There are only three requirements to participate:
You must have have at least two people on a team (and as many people as you want);
You must have a single business concept in mind for you and your team when you apply; and
Each member of your team must complete the application form.
HOW DO I ENROLL?
If you want to build a model green business that you and your community will be proud of, the Co-op Academy can help you do it.
If you really want to launch that dream business, are willing to share ownership and decision-making with your team, and are ready to put in the work in order to make it happen, then apply today.
We are currently in the Spring 2017 Co-op Academy Cycle
Graduation for Spring Academy: June 29, 2017
Come back in April when we begin enrollment
for the Fall 2017 Co-op Academy
You can contact us with any questions - talk to our Outreach Coordinator
Ileia Burgos at 718-617-7807 X 704 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to thank our generous funders