06 Feb

This spring, in partnership with our allies at Co-op Cincy and Co-op Dayton, we’re launching our first co-op incubator, a 15-week program for groups looking to launch worker-owned businesses.

By March 1, groups of 2 or more people with a vision for a worker-owned co-op can apply to join this state-wide cohort with sponsorship from Cleveland Owns. You and your team can apply at this link

Here's more information about the project: 

We’re now accepting applications for Co-op U, which starts March 21! Apply by March 1 at this link 

What is Co-op U?

  • A training and support program that helps teams develop a worker-owned business. It's a virtual program in partnership with Co-op Cincy and Co-op Dayton.

Participants in Co-op U:

  • Adapt a proven, replicable business model and develop a successful business plan of their own
  • Benefit from weekly virtual trainings, 1-on-1 mentorship, and technical assistance, as well as hands-on training by professionals
  • Receive assistance incorporating and structuring your business
  • Have an opportunity to access financing

How long is the program?

  • Our Co-op U lasts 14 weeks, with participants meeting virtually from 6-8 PM EST on Tuesdays
  • In addition to weekly evening sessions, participants are expected to dedicate additional time (2-5 hours a week) to conducting research, interviewing potential customers and partners, and testing their product or service

Who is the program designed for?

  • Teams of at least 2 Ohio residents with a business idea


  • $500 - $2,500 per team, with a sliding scale based on ability to pay


  • By March 1, complete the application at this link
  • Email questions to info@clevelandowns.coop
* The email will not be published on the website.