The Co-op Innovation Award
About the Co-op Innovation Awards
Worker cooperatives have real power to transform structurally disinvested communities into strong vibrant places of opportunity. That’s why we partnered with Capital Impact Partners on the fifth annual Co-op Innovation Award competition. We put out a call to worker cooperative development organizations that are creating tangible, transformative impact for communities nationwide. More than 100 organizations from all across the country applied.
“The Workers Lab is committed to investing in people and projects that show promise when it comes to building power for workers. We are proud to partner with Capital Impact Partners to support innovative models aimed at shifting existing power structures.” -- Betsy Edasery, Program Director, The Workers Lab
“Each year, we strive to work deeper in partnership with communities to help them achieve their goals. This year, it has been wonderful partnering with The Workers Lab to empower innovative cooperatives that are meeting immigrant communities where they are and creating space for economic and social justice.” -- Ellis Carr, president and CEO of Capital Impact Partners.
Created in 2015, the Co-op Innovation Award aims to increase co-op development in low-income communities and/or communities of color. Organizations that focused on local community-driven co-op development initiatives broadening opportunities for quality jobs, wealth creation, and asset building were given priority. Some of this year’s winners are also demonstrating new models and standards for their industries that can have a transformative impact on their communities.
We are excited to work with so many organizations that are moving the cooperative development model forward in such powerful ways.
For more information about award criteria and past winners, visit the Co-op Innovation Award webpage.