Co-op Academy

The Co-op Academy is a holistic cooperative entrepreneurship training and mentorship program with an emphasis on creating sustainable, member-owned businesses.

Using curriculum developed with partners around the region and an outgrowth of proven, successful models for co-op incubation, Worcester Roots holds an intensive 10 week co-op incubation program each fall. Services and resources provided include: one-on-one followup and mentorship, connections to networks of co-ops and co-op funders, know-how and expert advice on the nuts and bolts of co-op development.

The next Co-op Academy begins September 2018.

We are excited to announce a collaboration with Becker College’s Global Initiatives and Yunus Social Business Centre who will co-host the 2018 Academy! Participants will receive official Becker College certificates. Sessions will be Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm from September 6th to December 20th, 2018 at Becker College, 44 West St. Worcester, MA 01609.

We are also please to say that the 2018 Academy will be FREE, but an application process is required.

If interested, please APPLY HERE BY JULY 31st, 2018.


Es una colaboración con Becker College’s Global Initiatives y Yunus Social Business Centre para la academia de 2018! Participantes recibirán un certificado oficial de Becker College. Las sesiones serán los jueves de 5:30 a 8:30pm desde 6 de septiembre has 20 de diciembre, 2018 en Becker College, 44 West St. Worcester, MA 01609.

La academia de 2018 será GRATIS, pero es necesario este proceso de aplicación.

Aplique aquí en español antes de 1 de julio, 2018.


2017 Results:

20 participants completed the Worcester Co-op Business Academy this year and have created a strong cohort of cooperative entrepreneurs to support each other going forward. Here are the participants and a tabulation of the results of the Academy.


Co-op Academy Fall 2016 report here.

2017 interest form HERE | Spanish HERE (Formulario de Interés de participar en la Academía de Cooperativas de Worcester).




Contact us to get involved!Co-op Academy Sponsorship Flyer_2015-02-01


Past Co-op Academies….



Co-op Academy 2014: more info HERE

We’re excited to announce the success of the 2014 Worcester Co-op Academy ADVANCED LEVEL. It was geared towards conversions and returning Co-op Academy participants who are interested in focusing on key areas and getting them done! The training included in-depth legal, governance and business planning support, mentorship and a community of co-ops struggling through similar challenges.

Info for participants.

Fill out the Co-op Academy INTEREST FORM HERE.

Co-op Academy Mentors Needed! More info here!


Co-op Academy 2013:

The Worcester Roots, Solidarity And Green Economy (SAGE) Alliance, Cooperative Development Institute, and Boston Center for Community Ownership organized a “Coop Academy” training in Worcester, MA, in the Fall of 2013. The training was be led by experienced trainers and speakers and included one on one coaching with a successful entrepreneur / co-oportunista. Through this training participants gained access to peer support, legal assistance, greater visibility for your coop, web site development, logo design and many other resources.

Results from the Fall 2013 Co-op Academy HERE.

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