National Co-op Challenge to support emerging co-ops, June 12-July 8
via The Co-operators:
An important part of being a co-op is connecting to other co-ops, supporting their success and encouraging them to grow and get more Canadians involved with co-ops. The Co-operators is pleased to launch The National Co-op Challenge, for a second year, and donating a total of $200,000 to give emerging and expanding co-ops a stronger voice in their communities.
The National Co-op Challenge is an opportunity for emerging co-ops to win valuable prizes aimed at growing their businesses. Along with increasing their exposure in their communities, participants could win funding.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
From June 12 to July 8, co-ops will submit an electronic application and then a panel of judges will narrow the list of entrants to 16 finalists. Each finalist will produce a creative video up to 90-seconds long that highlights their co-op, shows their commitment and enthusiasm for co-op growth, and explains how they would use the funding. Each video will then be available on Facebook, where co-op fans can vote for their favourite to win.
In total, there will be 8 prizes distributed in four regions across the country: West (includes British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut), Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic. Two co-ops from each region will receive $25,000 in cash funding.
Plus, all winners will also be entered into a random draw to declare one Grand Prize winner. They will receive consulting services, a resource package and a professional video shoot to create a promotional video for their co-op.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
* Send the attached files – Rules and Regulations and an Application, to a co-op in your community.
* Sign up for The Co-operators Facebook page – once the top co-op finalists are announced in October, we will ‘share’ their video that describes their co-op and how they will use the funding. Then you can ‘vote’ for your favorite co-op!
* If you have a personal Facebook page, ‘repost’ and ‘share’ contest information, and the finalist’s videos with your Facebook network. It will help the co-ops who have entered, help get the co-operative message out to more people, and even help the corporate Facebook page.
Help us to spread the word!
Look for the contest button at http://www.cooperators.ca for complete details.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.