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UnFound Accelerator – 2022 Accelerator open for applications

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UnFound Accelerator – for platform co-ops

Do you have a clear and compelling idea for a platform co‑op? Are you ready to transform your idea into a viable business? Then we'd love to hear from you!

Applications for the spring 2022 UnFound Accelerator are now open – supporting founders in turning their pioneering ideas into successful platform co‑ops.

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 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

Read more about the benefits of a platform co-op.

About the UnFound Accelerator?

The UnFound Accelerator is a business support programme for co-founders at the early stage of setting up their platform co‑op. You will:

  • Get guidance for setting the foundations of your platform business through Co‑operatives UK’s extensive network of experts
  • Get support to turn your idea into a concrete business solution
  • Share the journey with other platform co‑op founders
  • Showcase your business idea at a public pitch event, towards which The Co-operative Bank is providing a £10,000 prize fund

Key dates

The UnFound Accelerator will run from 27 April to 29 June 2022 with the pitch event on 13 July 2022 (TBC).

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 outlines the UnFound Accelerator, who should apply and the criteria for applying
  • The application form link is on the last page of the guidance. We strongly recommend preparing your answers before starting your application. 
  • You can save your application at any stage – simply follow the instructions.

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UnFound Application Guidance

Find out more about the UnFound Accelerator and how to apply
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