CoopStarter – international support for new co-op business

The current economic crisis is hitting European businesses hard, and younger generations are paying most of the bill. European co-operators are convinced that now more than ever co-operatives are the business model of the future and that they are key to sustainable prosperity. As co-operative organisations, we feel a great responsibility to find ways to contribute to a solution to unemployment, especially for young people.

Co-operative organisations have realised that the younger generation needs more business education and training to become successful entrepreneurs. Furthermore, the younger generation would benefit from a better understanding of the advantages of working in a co-operative enterprise.

Therefore, 8 partners from across Europe have created the project CoopStarter in order to make the co-operative business model known to younger generations, and to accompany people willing to set up a co-operative through the start-up phase. With this project, we want to encourage and inspire young entrepreneurs to carry out their business ideas, and provide them with the tools to make them successful.

The partners of the project CoopStarter are NABCO, Cooperatives EuropeFebecoop from Belgium, Kooperationen from Denmark, Coompanion from Sweden, Kapa Network from Greece, Legacoop Liguria and Confcooperative/Irecoop Emilia-Romagna from Italy.