Co-Op Dayton biz incubator grads pitch on Oct. 16

September 8, 2020

On Friday, October 16th, Co-op Dayton and Wright-Patt Credit Union will host “Pitch Night: A Celebration of Cooperative and Community Enterprise.” The online event features eight teams of entrepreneurs from Co-op Dayton’s business incubator program.

We invite the community to view the teams’ pitches, emceed by What’s the Biz with TJ, and vote on the $1,000 community prize. Then join us for the after party via Crowdcast to meet the team members in virtual breakout rooms and enjoy the livestream music of Dayton’s DJ Ron Hunter!

Known for the Gem City Market cooperative, Co-op Dayton incubates cooperative businesses to create and retain good jobs in our region and to build a local economy that works for all. Co-director Amaha Sellassie says, “Each of these teams represents something we need in our solidarity economy. This is asset-based community development, in which we each bring our gifts to the community in a cooperative way.”

The teams represent a variety of industries, including construction, marketing and design, tourism, retail, health and wellness, food service, and agriculture. Over seven months, they worked to develop their business plans with workshops on market research, financial models, capitalization options, and legal structure.

Wright-Patt Credit Union is the largest financial services cooperative in the Dayton region. WPCU was founded in the 1930’s by workers at Wright Field that contributed a quarter each payday to create a “Sunshine Fund” for fellow workers that might need help. Today, their cooperative members are their account holders, who benefit financially from better rates, higher dividends and lower fees.

Other sponsors include the IUE-CWA, CareSource, and Indigo Life Media.

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