“Super positive, very informative and rewarding”

From four countries, several young adults got the chance to learn more about cooperation, social economy, sales and business management. All along with this, they also get the possibility to try out their newly found knowledge, their (in beforehand or during the progress created) business idea. In a real setting.

The first meeting in Sweden was a physical meeting

Nowadays, we see the positive wave of people wanting to start and run value-driven businesses and initiatives. We want to give the possibility of doing exactly this and more, in Cooperative Campus, Josephine Hedlund, project leader in Sweden says.

The aim of Cooperative campus is to create an entrepreneurial experience that might lead to future sustainable, social and cooperative entreprises.

From the beginning, the project has been very well received by the young people to whom the project is addressed, who find it very interesting to have the opportunity to live this new experience, sais Laura Rico from the Association of Social Economy Enterprises of Navarra (ANEL), coordinator of the project.

Where we are now

Cooperative Campus started in October for three of the four project partner countries: Sweden, Finland and Spain.

First, with corona and all, we had some troubles with the recruitment of participants, both with the restrictions changing and with all other information in all channels at the time. However, now we have started and in about three months we have already gone through large parts of the progress. For the participants taking part in the transnational meetings, this has been one of the highlights of the Campus for our participants – getting an EU-network this early in the business creating progress, says Marjo Jussila, project manager in Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

First transnational meeting the 26th of november 2020

Two digital transnational gatherings have already been conducted. With around 35 participants in all, these meetings have been filled with sharing experiences and getting to know each other. The second meeting, taking place in december, also invited two social media marketing experts mentioning a large portion of useful information, tips and tools.

Caroline Tonojan, participant in Sweden

Caroline Tonojan is one of the participants in Sweden. She is studying social analysis at Örebro university. Caroline tells about her experience of Cooperative Campus this far:

Caroline Tonojan, participant and Josephine Hedlund Coompanion Mälardalen, project leader and lecturer in Sweden

Thanks to Cooperative Campus I now understand the concept of cooperatives as a business model, which I did not know existed before. My experience as a participant has been super positive, very informative and rewarding! It has actually been better than my expectations, because not only have I’ve learned more about the business aspects such as start-ups, development, cooperation and different tools to use, it has also given me more self-confidence and a personal growth. That it’s okay to take small steps at a time, that the way to the goal may not always be straight and that you can create other things along the way. I feel very good to belong to the community of Cooperative Campus and have even higher expectations of the continuation.

Slovenia hosting a three day kick start

Katja Pregelj from Primorska technology park (PTP) in Slovenia informs that they will start with the Cooperative Campus on the 1st of February.

Since we started the Cooperative Campus project later, we will carry out a tree-day intensive training with several workshops. Together with the participants we will start with developing business ideas with start-up mentors and PTP staff where we will work on the basis of lean canvas and design thinking methodologies, all transferred to the cooperative model.

Project aim

Project Cooperative Campus aims at enabling young people to experience real cooperative entrepreneurship experiences, strengthening their entrepreneurial mind-set and skills. The project runs from 2020-2021. The project is financed of the EU.

For further reading and contact:

Website
www.cooperativecampus.com

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/cooperativecampus

Project owner, contact in Spain
Antonio Martinez De Bujanda: ambujanda@anel.es

Article author
Josephine Hedlund, Sweden: josephine.hedlund@coompanion.se