Want To Start a Worker Cooperative in the Bronx?
What is the Coop Academy?
The Coop Academy is how we build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice … one cooperative at a time.
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.
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.
Through a partnership with the Workshop In Business Opportunities (WIBO), a portion of the Coop Academy classroom trainings are delivered through WIBO’s course “How to Grow a Profitable Business”. This partnership allows us to provide you with high quality trainings in the traditional core business fundamentals of sales, marketing, and finance combined with a deep appreciation for environmental sustainability and the skills of communication, and democratic management and decision-making that distinguish a cooperative from other kinds of businesses.
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.
What You Get In the Coop Academy:
- Over 60 hours of training by skilled experts
- One-on-One mentoring with a successful entrepreneur
- Legal assistance with business incorporation and structuring
- Web site development
- Logo design
- Training and support in fundraising
- Access to a peer-support network beyond the length of the course
- Greater visibility and name recognition for your cooperative