CoopMeUp Ferrara

Project starting date January 2014
Organizing Committee Coopfond, Legacoop Ferrara
Partners involved Service Lazio 2000, Generazioni Legacoop, Cooperativa Lama – Impact Hub Firenze, Cooperativa Itaca – Fab Pordenone
Geographical area involved 1 province: Ferrara
Objectives 1)    Turning innovative business projects into cooperatives

2)    Developing innovative projects of existing cooperatives

Preferred business sectors Culture, Tourism, Agrofood
Targets 1)      Groups of people (at least three) with an innovative business idea and willing to set up a cooperative in Ferrara

2)      Existing cooperatives located in Ferrara with innovative projects to develop

Selection criteria Team/cooperative characteristics, degree of feasibility, kind of innovation, percentage of under 35 years, percentage of women, business sectors compatibility
Prizes – pre-startup support from Legacoop Ferrara and some of the partners for 2 groups and for 1 cooperative to improve business plans

–  a voucher from Legacoop Ferrara for 2 groups and 1 cooperative to get managerial and administrative services

–  a non-repayable loan from Coopfond for 2 cooperatives after set up

Call opening period From 7 April to 16 May 2014
Presentation events 2 with 30 participants
Projects received 5 projects submitted by 25 team members
Number of projects selected for pre-startup support 5 out of 5
Training Meetings and workshops for a total of 24 hours training
Business plans examined and winner projects 5 winner projects out of 5 examined
Number of Cooperative startups created 2
Cooperative Startups Città della Cultura/Cultura della Città is located in Ferrara and focuses on urban recovery aimed at neglected areas and abandoned buildings.
Coop@ is located in Bondeno (Ferrara) and aims at producing and selling artisan beer in a Brew-Pub located in an old Casa del Popolo creating a meeting place for young people.

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