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International summer school for young cooperative entrepreneurs in Poitiers

20 July 2012 [ English ] français ]

Les Scop Poitou-Charentes has organised the first international summer school for young cooperative entrepreneurs in France: “Campus Coopératives”. In this pioneering training course a group of 32 students from 12 countries has learnt about cooperative businesses, the creation of enterprises and how to do business according to the cooperative model.

The programme ran for two weeks, (from 2nd to 14th July) and was held using the facilities of the University of Poitiers. In addition to the conferences, the participants have designed cooperative business projects which provide them with a professional insight about how to start up a social or a worker cooperative.

Experts from Canadian and European cooperative organisations have participated in conferences and workshops. The Secretary General of CECOP-CICOPA Europe, Bruno Roelants, spoke at the conference entitled “The worker cooperatives, an international reality”. In his speech, Roelants described the history and geography of cooperatives in industry and services and the factors of their resilience and development. Furthermore, Roelants spoke about the world network of representative organisations and the challenges and opportunities for the cooperative movement in the future.