Do you have a clear and compelling idea for an ethical digital business? Are you interested in setting it up as a co‑operative? Then we'd love to hear from you!
The deadline for applications for the 2022 UnFound Accelerator has now passed.
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We're offering the chance to help turn ideas for an ethical digital business into a successful platform co‑op – owned and run by the people that depend on it most.
What is a platform co-op?
Platform co‑ops are democratically owned and controlled businesses that use an online platform or mobile app to trade, connect people and pool resources or data.
A platform co‑op is built on co‑operative principles and values which ensure the 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
About the UnFound Accelerator?
The UnFound Accelerator is a business support programme for founders at the early stage of setting up their platform co‑op. Participants will:
- Receive guidance on how to set-up their business through weekly expert-led workshops and tailored one-to-one sessions
- Share the journey with other platform co‑op founders
- Showcase their business idea at a public pitch event with the chance to win a share of a £10,000 prize fund, provided by The Co-operative Bank
Who is it for?
The Accelerator is open to applications for businesses planning to incorporate in the UK where:
- Teams applying have two or more members, at least one of whom is resident in the UK
- All team members participating are 18 or older
The UnFound Accelerator will run from 27 April to 29 June 2022 with the pitch event on 11 July 2022 at 5-6pm. Book your place at the event here.
Key dates for the applications process:
- 6 March 2022, midnight: Application DEADLINE
- 28-31 March 2022: Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an online interview
Where do I start?
Read the application guidance
- The guidance provides more details on the UnFound Accelerator programme and how to apply
- The application form link is on the last page of the guidance. We strongly recommend preparing your answers in advance before starting your application.
- You can save your application at any stage – simply follow the instructions.
Unsure whether to apply?
- Watch a pre-recorded webinar about the Accelerator – see the video below and slidedeck below.
- Book a call with our UnFound programme manager before applying: book a call
- Explore www.unfound.coop to learn more about platform co-ops and the UnFound programme
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