Coopstartup Unicoop Tirreno

Project starting date January 2015
Organizing Committee Coopfond, Unicoop Tirreno
Partners involved Legacoop Toscana, Legacoop Campania, Legacoop Lazio, Istituto di Management della Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa, Università della Tuscia, Università Roma3, Fondazione Idis – Città della Scienza
Geographical area involved 4 regions: Toscana, Umbria, Lazio, Campania
Objectives 1.       Turning innovative business projects into cooperatives

2.       Developing innovative projects of existing cooperatives

Preferred business sectors Health and Social care, Agrofood, Green Energy, Ecological Transport, Environment, Social Inclusion, Culture, Tourism
Targets 1.       Groups of people (at least three) with an innovative project and  willing to set up a cooperative in the call areas

2.       Beginner cooperatives (max 1 year old) located in the call areas with innovative projects to develop

***The majority of Group/Cooperative members must be under 35 years

Selection criteria General value of the business idea, Kind of innovation, Team/cooperative characteristics, Employment creation, Feasibility
Prizes – online training on business modeling, team building and cooperation open to all participants

– pre-startup support from promoters to 30 groups/cooperatives to improve business plans

– a voucher from promoters for 5 groups/cooperatives to get managerial and administrative services before set up and 36 months after

– a non-repayable loan from Coopfond for 5 cooperatives after set up

Call opening period From 1 May to 31 July 2015
Presentation events 30 with 1,050 participants
Projects received 225 projects submitted by 703 team members
No. of projects selected for pre-startup support 30 out of 138
Training Online training +Meetings, workshops + classroom courses for a total of 24 hours training
Business plans examined and winner projects 8 winner projects out of 26 examined
Number of Cooperative startups created 6
Cooperative Startups Biofan is located in Cinigiano (GR) and produces healthy food based on Monte Amiata chestnuts (a high quality product labelled as IGP-Protected Geographical Indication).
Erse is located in Viareggio (LU) and offers environmental analysis and impact evaluations to private and governmental entities.
Multicoopter Drone is located in Terni and uses drones with cameras in different industries, such as video production, buildings and construction, agriculture, tourism and more.
Tobilì is located in Naples. It is a catering service proposing ethnic food as a link among cultures, a way to know countries, a means to integrate migrants.
Vascitour is located in Naples and offers tourist services to travelers who want to see Naples sleeping, eating and living “as a local”.
Virginia is located in Rome and aims at producing and selling man-style clothes cut for women.

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