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2022 UnFound Accelerator

UnFound Accelerator – your route to an ethical digital business

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

Key dates

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 to learn more about platform co-ops and the UnFound programme

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UnFound application guidance

Find out more about the UnFound Accelerator and how to apply

Watch a short webinar

Watch a pre-recorded webinar about the Accelerator and view the slidedeck.

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