Coopstartup Puglia

Project starting date May 2014
Organizing Committee Coopfond, Legacoop Puglia
Partners involved Cooperativa Informa, The Qube, Generazioni Legacoop Puglia, Cooperativa Pazlab, Cooperativa Officine Cantelmo, Qiris, ReteInforma
Geographical area involved 1 region: Puglia
Objectives 1)      Turning innovative business ideas into business projects and then into cooperatives

2)      Developing innovative projects of existing cooperatives

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

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

***The majority of Group and cooperative members must be under 35 years

Selection criteria General value of the business idea, Team/cooperative characteristics, degree of feasibility, kind of innovation, employment creation
Prizes – training sessions to improve business ideas for all participants

– pre-startup support from Legacoop Puglia and some of the partners for 12 groups/cooperatives to improve business plans

– a voucher from Legacoop Puglia for 4 groups/cooperatives to get managerial and administrative services before set up and 36 months after set up

– a non-repayable loan from Coopfond for 4 cooperatives after set up

Call opening period From 4 September to 28 November 2014
Presentation events 20 with 400 participants
Projects received 150 projects submitted by 453 team members
Number of projects selected for pre-startup support 12 out of 85
Training Meetings, workshops, classroom courses for a total of 96 hours training
Business plans examined and winner projects 4 winner projects out of 10 examined
Number of Cooperative startups created 2
Cooperative Startups Experience is located in Bari. The cooperative’s main objective lies in offering an innovative service to improve the rental housing market for students and professionals.
29nove is located in Cutrofiano (Lecce) and aims at combining business and culture offering theatre training, organization of performing arts events and production of audio-visual material.

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