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The Future of Raising Capital for Cooperatives through Coop Exchange

Empowering Cooperative Growth with Financial Solutions

At Coop Exchange, we are building a platform for the future, one that connects cooperatives with the capital they need to grow and thrive. Whether an established cooperative, a cooperative or mutual looking to fund a spin-out into a new coop, planning the conversion of your private business into a cooperative, or starting a new cooperative, our platform will offer tailored financial solutions to meet your unique needs.

Equity and Debt Financing Options:

  • Equity in the Form of Restricted Voting Investor Shares: This option will allow cooperatives to raise capital by issuing a new class of shares to investors. These ‘investor shares’ typically come with restricted voting rights, ensuring that the cooperative's members retain control over key decisions, and there is no risk of demutualisation.
  • Debt Financing through Bonds: Cooperatives can also raise capital through debt instruments like bonds. This may be a suitable option for cooperatives seeking a debt arrangement without diluting ownership.

Who Could Benefit:

  1. Existing Cooperatives: Expanding operations, investing in new projects, or refinancing existing debts.
  2. Spin-outs from Existing Coops or Mutuals: Secure funding to establish new cooperative venture while leveraging the reputation of a parent organisation.
  3. Exiting Businesses Smoothly transitioning an existing business into a cooperative by raising the capital necessary to buy out the existing shareholders.
  4. Cooperative Startups: Kickstart a cooperative venture with the necessary funding to cover initial costs and operations.

Our Future Process:

Using the mix of business, finance and cooperative experience within our team Coop Exchange we are building a platform to facilitate:

  1. Initial Consultation: Sharing your cooperative’s goals and financial needs with us.
  2. Tailored Solutions: working with you to identify the most suitable financial solution, whether it’s equity, debt, or a combination of both.
  3. Documentation and Compliance: an ability to guide you through all necessary documentation and compliance requirements to prepare for capital raising.
  4. Investor Outreach: Leverage our platform to connect you with a network of sustainable finance investors interested in supporting cooperative models.

Why Choose Coop Exchange?

  • Specialised in Cooperatives: We understand the unique challenges and opportunities faced by cooperatives.
  • Flexible Financial Solutions: Our range of equity and debt options will be designed to suit various cooperative models at differing stages in their lifecycle.
  • Access to a Broad Investor Network: Connect with a diverse pool of sustainable finance investors who are specifically interested in supporting cooperatives.
  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from expertise in cooperative finance and investment to optimise capital-raising strategy.

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To learn more about how Coop Exchange is currently building financial solutions tailored to coops, please contact us at

Please note that the content of this page is for general information and educational purposes only. In so far as it relates to Coop Exchange’s potential services these relate to a future state once the Coop Exchange platform is launched and appropriately regulated.
The information is not provided, and should not be construed as the provision of financial advice, the promotion of an investment product or dealings or arrangements in investments.
Investments bring risk and so anyone wishing to invest (whether in coops equities, debt or other securities) should first obtain appropriate advice from an authorised person before doing so, please see also our Regulatory Notice.