Have a great idea? Enter our Global Innovation Coop Summit competition
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Published 25 May 2023 in Colleagues
It’s live! Our Global Innovation Coop Summit competition is now open and we encourage all colleagues to enter. With a chance to travel to Montreal – Canada between 27-29 September 2023, it’s time to get your thinking caps on to be in with a chance of winning. Read on to find out more…
Get your creative ideas flowing and you could be on your way to Montreal, Canada…
Open to all colleagues, this is your chance to win a place and represent our Society later this year at the Global Innovation Coop Summit taking place in Montreal, Canada, from the 27th September – 29th September 2023, and network with different cooperative enterprises from across the globe.
This time, the event is themed ‘Act Now to lead a circular and digital future, the Co-operators way’, so as part of this, we’re giving colleagues the chance to get involved, answer our question and be part of this unique cooperative experience.
Interested? Answer our question
We want all colleagues to be inspired to share their ideas and influence innovative activity across our business to help our Society continue to make the lives of our members and colleagues less complicated and more rewarding in their day to day.
So, we are looking for brand new ideas that align with our Society’s purpose and improve the way we operate.
Answer our question below…
Please identify a UK Co-op that our Society could start working with and explain how (in 200 words or less) by partnering with them, we’ll be able to build a fairer, more sustainable and ethical future.
To enter, download the entry template here and send your submissions (up to 200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions must be submitted by midnight - Thursday 29th June and if colleagues have any specific questions, they are encouraged to contact email@example.com.
Learn more about Co-ops across the UK here and to help you understand the various co-ops in the UK see the directory here.
Why should I apply?
This competition will look to inspire our Colleagues to share their ideas and influence innovative activity across Midcounties – so be creative!
Gathering a global community of change-driven, growth-minded, hope-filled people, the event will seek to discover a vision for a better future – so be innovative!
Want to travel? Colleagues have the chance to experience an International cooperative event, experiencing a wraparound program of activities, and inspiring action – all expenses paid!
What happens after I apply?
After colleagues apply, all submissions will be reviewed by an independent panel, and the shortlisted applicants will be invited to present a 15-minute pitch of their submission with a 10-minute Q&A.
Nervous? Don’t worry, we will support all shortlisted applicants where required to enable them to prepare for the pitch experience.
What is the ‘Global Innovation Coop Summit’?
The Global Innovation Coop Summit helps to create a space dedicated to cooperative leaders from all sectors to share, exchange, learn and build together a more inclusive economy.
This year, the Montreal event will focus on practical and realistic actions to benefit members and communities. By discussing innovative ideas, the Summit aims to inspire, promote, and foster the development of cooperative enterprises around the globe. The event is a gathering with a global community of change-driven, growth-minded, hope-filled people that will seek to discover a vision for a better future.
From Midcounties, the winner will be joined by Peter Westall, Chief Values Officer, and Michaela Cryer, Head of Younity, who will both be attending and speaking at the summit on behalf of the Society.
Global Innovation Coop Summit competition - Terms and Conditions
Colleagues are employed on a permanent contract
Colleagues must be comfortable with attending and representing the Society at this event in Montreal and be able to attend the event itself in Montreal (27- 29 September 2023, to include travelling over on the 26th September, and potentially travelling back on the 30th September depending in timings and flights).
Must be willing to attend any other key dates leading up to the event, such as presentation pitch at shortlisting stage (which we will do our best to align dates with colleagues’ availability as best as possible)
Winners will be expected to produce a short video blog of their experience at the event that can be used by the Society both internally and externally as appropriate (of which support and guidance will be provided to the colleague on how to do this, and any equipment if applicable will be provided).
Only fully completed applications will be accepted (using the application template)
Applications must have been submitted by midnight on Thursday the 29th June, and must not exceed the word limit