An integral part of the Asia Pacific Cooperative Youth Summit (APCYS), Coop Pitch Competition is designed to find new and sustainable enterprise ideas on cooperatives. Participants get the opportunity to pitch cooperative business solutions to cater to the needs and aspirations of the youth and community in their country to a panel of judges. The winners are chosen based on a pre-determined evaluation criterion. Some of the innovative ideas which have come out of the Coop Pitch are:
To Pitch (verb): Make a bid to obtain a contract or other business! A Pitch typically takes the form of an entrepreneur or group of entrepreneurs presenting or describing their ideas to prospective investors. An elevator pitch is a very short pitch that distils the idea into a summary that takes only as long as a short elevator ride.
Heira is a cooperator at the Institute for Indonesian Cooperative Development and Studies, and an educator at IKOPIN where she completed her post-graduation in management study. Currently, she serves as a consultant for the Agency of Cooperative and SMEs in West Java and some institutions. After stepping down from her position as Chairperson of the Women Cooperator committee, she continues her work in women cooperative empowerment and youth movement as a Global Cooperative Entrepreneur (GCE) Mentor. She is a co-founder of mycoolclass.com, a teacher-owned learning platform coop. She is highly skilled in non-profit organization, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, policy analysis, and youth development and has undertaken numerous international courses.
Since 2018, Dhanaj has been a part of the Kerala Start-up Mission’s (KSUM) Operations Team. He Leads the Accelerator programs’ vertical and engages with Corporates & Partner Organisations to design & run Accelerators for start-ups in Scaleup/ Revenue stage. Before this, he has worked with BAIF Development Research Foundation, where he helped the rural community to adapt technology to enhance their standard of living and quality of life. He is always fascinated by new ideas and therefore, the career switch to KSUM was a conscious choice to work with young entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Mehar is an Indian entrepreneur in the social impact space. He is the Co-Founder & CEO of TinkerHub Foundation, an organisation that solves the technology skill gap in India by creating peer learning communities inside campuses. Mehar has led the Government of Kerala’s start-up & innovation activities in northern Kerala before moving to TinkerHub full time. With Kerala Start-up Mission, he was running Start-up Incubator & Accelerator programmes. He was also one of the minds behind Coopathons (Cooperative Hackathons) and partnered with ICA-AP to run the programme for three constitutive versions. He is a mentor from India for the ICA-led Global Cooperative Entrepreneurship Programme and has taken workshops In global cooperative forums like Global Youth forum 2020.
Risal is active on the Board of Indonesian Youth Cooperative (KOPINDO) and the Indonesian Youth Council (KNPI). He was introduced to the cooperatives in 2009 when he joined the student cooperative at the Islamic State University in Makassar and soon became its Chairman. He conducted a lot of cooperative education activities among students. After graduating, he joined DEKOPIN in the South Sulawesi region, Indonesia as the Chairman of (BKPK) Youth Network and Communication Cooperative.
H.P. Rathod heads the Cooperative Services & Administration and is responsible for Cooperative Development and Human Resource Management for GCMMF (Amul). With over 28 years of experience in the field, he has implemented various cooperative development programmes and activities, internal consultant development initiatives, animal husbandry and rural development programmes. He is also serving as Director in designated member unions of GCMMF.
Rohan blends a career in investment banking with an ambition to promote community wealth building through cooperatives. As Co-Founder of Incubator.coop, Rohan has run accelerator and incubator programmes with a range of aspiring cooperatives and platforms. He also has hands on experience in building innovative cooperatives and is leading the development of two cooperative platforms in Australia - the Regen Farmer Mutual that enables farmers to access environmental markets, and Wayfairer - a regenerative tourism platform that shares revenue with local communities.
Salonie works as a Senior Coordinator at SEWA Cooperative Federation, where she works closely with women-owned cooperatives, across sectors, to enable their viability and sustainability. Her areas of work include research, communications, capacity-building, fundraising, and advocacy. In the past, she has worked in the research department of the International Labor Organisation, Geneva. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in Gender and Development.
|23 July, Friday||Coop Pitch orientation session of 30 shortlisted teams with|
|25 July, Sunday||Coop Pitch mentoring sessions|
|27 July, Tuesday||Coop Pitch submission|
|28 July Wednesday||Coop Pitch Finalists shortlisting|
|29 July Thursday||Coop Pitch Finale|
To participate in the Coop Pitch, APCYS 3.0 registration is mandatory.
After registering for APCYS 3.0, the participants are advised to read all the competition details, prepare their answers offline and then apply online for the competition before the deadline. Please do not wait till the last date and apply well in advance.
30 teams of two to five members each are expected to apply for the coop pitch competition. The group can comprise of young cooperators, college students, representatives of ICA members, civil society organisations, and social entrepreneurs. The groups are not limited to these and participants having diverse professional and academic backgrounds and skillsets are welcome. What matters the most is your commitment to making an impact and your willingness to collaborate.
Yes, if you do not have a team yet, we would encourage you to apply individually.
Top 3 winners will receive prize money of USD 3,000 (1st – USD 1,500; 2nd – USD 1,000; 3rd – USD 500), organizational support and direct access to key partners to further develop, validate and implement coop models developed.