Cooperatives Europe wants young co-op entrepreneurs to share their stories

Videos of successful young co-operators will be shared as part of an initiative to boost the movement

Cooperatives Europe is calling on young co-operative entrepreneurs to share their stories in short videos that will be posted on social media.

It hopes to collect 10-20 short videos for the #ImACoopStarter series. Young co-operators wishing to take part have to introduce themselves and their business, say why they chose the co-op business model, and what advice they would give other young people thinking of starting a co-op. Each answer must be maximum 20 seconds long.

The films are part of the Coop Starter 2.0. project, a European initiative launched last year to mobilise youth around co-operative entrepreneurship.

The programme is funded by the European Commission and builds on the previous CoopStarter project, created by eight partner organisations across Europe to teach younger people about the co-operative business model.

Cooperatives Europe is the regional office of the International Co-operative Alliance and one of the partner organisations. The others are Legacoop Liguria (Italy), Kooperationen (Denmark), K.A.P.A Network (Greece), Promo Jeunes ASBL (Belgium), CJDES (France), AEGEE (Belgium) and the Co-operative College (UK).

The videos can be sent to [email protected]. Participants also need to post on social media using the hashtag #CoopStarter and mentioning @coopseurope. More details are available on Cooperatives Europe’s website.

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