Are you a 3rd or 4th year Scottish university student looking to do something different with your life and make a real impact?

Do you and your fellow students have what it takes to help grow Scotland’s co-operative economy?  If so, Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) and Co-operative Education Trust Scotland (CETS) want to hear from you. We specialise in promoting co-operative ways of doing business and are launching a national competition to find a co-operative initiative that could add real value to Scotland’s economy.

What is required? Your proposal for a co-operative project that is innovative, viable and in tune with co-operative values and principles. It might be a business plan, feasibility study, marketing strategy or proposed piece of legislation. We will not be prescriptive in terms of format. Your submission might be a written document or a filmed/multimedia/online presentation.

Who can apply? Our competition is open to groups of 3rd or 4th year Scottish university students working co-operatively, not as individuals – it takes at least two to co-operate!

What’s the prize? The prize for the winning submission will be a potentially life-changing visit for three students to a European city well known for its strong co-operative economy.

Where do we start? You might look for inspiration to Emilia-Romagna in north central Italy, home to more than 4,000 co-owned enterprises in all sectors of the economy, or to Mondragon in the Basque Country, where nearly 200 co-operative businesses employ 92,000 people. Both locations are renowned the world over for their co-operative economies. To find out more about Scotland’s co-operative economy, visit and

When do we start? CDS and CETS are launching the competition in October 2010. The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2011.  A panel of high-profile judges from the co-operative movement will assess all submissions in June 2010. The winners will be announced during Co-operatives Fortnight 2011 at a ceremony at Fenwick, Ayrshire, home of the first recorded co-operative in 1761.

Any tips? As Scotland’s potential future leaders of industry, we hope your entries will show enterprise, innovation and creativity as well as a co-operative approach to economic development.

Interested? Send your submissions by 31.3.11 to:

Co-operative Education Trust Scotland (CETS) 

Robert Owen House

87 Bath Street


G2 2EE

T: 0141 341 4931 



For more details contact CETS on or 0141 341 4931.
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