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UnFound Accelerator – application guidance

About the UnFound Accelerator

What is the UnFound Accelerator?

The UnFound Accelerator is a business support programme for teams of entrepreneurs at the early stage of setting up their platform co-operative businesses. Teams will accompany each other in the exciting journey of turning their pioneering ideas into concrete business solutions. 

Successful applicants will be provided with guidance and support to set the foundations of their platform business through Co-operatives UK’s extensive network of experts, including CoTech and others.

Teams that complete the Accelerator will get the chance to pitch their business idea to access funding and support at an event on 11 July 2023 (TBC), towards which the Co-operative Bank has contributed a £10,000 prize pot. 

Is the UnFound Accelerator right for me?

The UnFound Accelerator is for founding teams (of at least 2 people) that have a clear and compelling idea for a platform co-operative and need support to launch their business. 

The UnFound Accelerator is for teams:

  • Ready to transform their idea into a viable business
  • Who believe the co-operative model is right for their platform business – for guidance see "Is a co-op right for me?"
  • Looking to register as a co-operative business by the end of 2023.

We expect applications to reference at least two individuals who are part of the team and we will prioritise ideas that are developed and ready to incorporate in 2023 or that are already incorporated.