Co-operate Now: co-op development bootcamp for entrepreneurs or community members interested in building a co-op enterprise. Now Virtual!

Are you part of a team interested in forming your own co-op? Join us for the next session of Co-operate Now: Co-op Development Bootcamp!

Learn from co-op experts covering all the basics needed to form a co-op, including co-op structures, feasibility analysis, capitalization, governance and management, marketing, legal and risk, and member engagement.  Work with dedicated coaches to help build out your team’s business plan.  

Cohort participants will meet weekly online for the duration of their program to learn from local co-op experts and share their progress. Teams will be encouraged to work on their business plans throughout the week and come prepared with questions and reflections. The goal of the program is that participants leave with a draft business plan, and the knowledge, connections, and action plan for getting to incorporation.  

What is Co-operate Now?

  • A co-operative business education program now offered virtually online
  • An opportunity to learn from co-op experts in BC
  • Demonstration of the micro and macro levels of building a co-operative enterprise, and the advantages and challenges of different co-op models

Co-operate Now Benefits

We’re excited to offer all kinds of information and value to participants, including:

  • An introduction to co-op enterprises
  • Information about financing a co-op enterprise
  • Connections to legal and financial services experts who are passionate about co-ops
  • Details on marketing the co-op advantage
  • Sessions with co-op entrepreneurs who can share their successes and failures
  • Connections to potential mentors
  • Networking opportunities with the BC Co-op Association network
  • An interactive virtual session to prepare a co-op business plan

The next cohort begins May 7, 2021. The application deadline is April 30, 2021, please visit our event page for specific program details and to access the application form.

For further information, please connect with us directly at  Co-operate Now or call 604.662.3906.