NABCO, together with the partners of the CoopStarter consortium, today released “Ready, Steady, Coop – a practical guide for cooperative startups”. This publication is intended to support co-operative development agencies that accompany young people who want to start their own co-operative business.
The guide helps organisations run a successful co-operative mentoring programme that is open to all entrepreneurs who intend to start a co-operative. The guide describes the steps to follow to make sure that a potential entrepreneur receives strong support in the start-upstage of his/her business.
“Ready, Steady, Coop!” is also complemented by a whole range of practical tools which can be used during the mentoring process: best practice cases, country profiles and a series of questions that might arise during the process.
This document is one of the outcomes of the CoopStarter project, an initiative co-funded by the European Union aiming to make the co-operative business model known to younger generations and to accompany people willing to set up a cooperative through the start-up phase.
Dermot Sellars, Policy and Communications Manager at NABCO, commented: “All the partners in this project are proud of this document. By joining together the resources and experience of some of Europe’s leading co-operative organisations, we have created a tool to strengthen the support provided to young entrepreneurs and increase their success rate. More co-operatives means more sustainable jobs and stronger communities.”