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UnFound Accelerator – application guidance

What is a platform co-op?

A platform co-operative is a democratically owned and controlled business that uses an online platform or mobile app to trade, connect people and pool resources or data. 

It is built on co-operative principles and values which ensure the platform business:

  • Truly responds to the needs of its community
  • Embeds equity and social purpose from day one
  • is not controlled by external profit-driven investors.

Platform co-ops are a relatively new phenomenon, with pioneering entrepreneurs setting up businesses in a wide range of sectors across the globe. You can find more information at and via the Platform Co-op Consortium.