Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, March 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —Co-operatives First, a business development organization, has announced the start of a new business development microlearning course and a pitch contest for startup co-operatives.
Called “Introduction to Co-operatives,” this free online training is a voluntary boot camp for working with entrepreneurs who are not familiar with the legal structure of co-operatives.
“We designed the course to help entrepreneurs organize new businesses,” says Audra Krueger, executive director of Co-operatives First. “That is, it’s a guide to understanding business ideas from whiteboard sketching to investment preparation, but it’s also a short-term intensive course in a co-operative model.”
Designed for busy go getters, this course is offered in bite-sized video-based parts so students can learn by running. To celebrate the start of this modular self-study free course, the organization is also hosting a pitch contest.
“During April, we are accepting the launch of startup co-operatives,” Kruger said. “If you’re teaming up with a startup, this is your chance to get $ 15,000 worth of startup support.”
To participate, the group must provide the organization with short written suggestions for business ideas. The prize package includes organizational design, feasibility, or business planning, as well as training in incorporation and board governance. The contest is open to groups forming co-operatives throughout western Canada.
For more information on courses and pitch contests, please visit CooperativesFirst.com / Team-Up-on-a-Start-Up /.
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Co-operatives First is a non-profit organization funded by Federated Co-operatives Limited and the Co-operative Retailing System. Founded in 2015, the organization provides co-operative startup resources such as feasibility studies, business planning, online courses, and support for incorporation into rural and indigenous entrepreneurs in western Canada. Our goal is to help these community leaders build new businesses, grow their local economies, and support their development.
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