Coopstartup FarmAbility

Project starting date June 2014
Organizing Committee Coopfond, Legacoop Agroalimentare Nord Italia, Innovacoop
Partners involved
Geographical area involved 5 regions: Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardia, Piemonte
Objectives 1.       Turning innovative business ideas into business projects and then into cooperatives

2.       Developing innovative projects of existing cooperatives

Preferred business sectors Agrofood
Targets 1.       Groups of people (at least three) with an innovative business idea and  willing to set up a cooperative in call areas

2.       Beginner cooperatives (still not fully active, maximum one year old) located in call areas with innovative projects to develop

Selection criteria General value of the business idea, Team/cooperative characteristics, degree of feasibility, kind of innovation, employment creation
Prizes – pre-startup support from promoters to selected groups/cooperatives to improve business plans

– a voucher from promoters for 3 groups/cooperatives to get managerial and administrative services before and after setup

– a non-repayable loan from Coopfond for 3 cooperatives after set up

Call opening period From 16 October 2014 to 31 March 2015
Presentation events 9 with 243 participants
Projects received 37 projects submitted by 120 team members
Number of projects selected for pre-startup support 7 out of 7
Training Meetings, workshops, classroom courses for a total of 48 hours training
Business plans examined and winner projects 3 winner projects out of 7 examined
Number of Cooperative startups created

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