Explore our resources intended to support founders, communities, and their supporters.
Building an E2C strategy
Online governance tools
Co-op cloud tools
Organically Grown Company
Organically Grown Company
Alternative Ownership Advisors
Supports steward ownership business structures.
Center for Community Ownership
"provides legal, financial and strategic expertise to communities that want to start and save essential local businesses"
Cutting Edge Capital
legal, consulting, financing
Specializes in equity crowdfunding and other capital access strategies for social enterprises
Law firm specializing on cooperative business, financing, and social enterprise. Pioneering in innovative co-op structures and blockchain.
Organization advancing new models for "steward ownership"
Shared Capital Cooperative
Lender for cooperatives that is itself a cooperative. Available for exploratory conversations for businesses exploring conversion to cooperative ownership and governance.
Sustainable Economies Law Center
Nonprofit legal organization supporting the solidarity economy
Upside Down Consulting
Consultancy focused on worker ownership conversions and racial justice.
Cooperative of founders supporting community-oriented ownership structures and financing models.
National Trust for Local News
Supports transitions of local news organizations to sustainable ownership
📖 E2C Primer
📰 E2C Articles
Meetup to the People
Startups Need a New Option: Exit to Community
Exit to Community
Let Users Own the Tech Companies They Help Build
Exit To Community: Strategies for Multi-Stakeholder Ownership in the Platform Economy
Instead of IPOs and acquisitions, exiting to community is one alternative
⛅️ E2C Webinars 2019-2020
📣 What people are saying about E2C
“We need new stories & potential paths and this is one I am excited about.”
"[E2C] explores ways to help startups transition investor-owned to community ownership, which could include users, customers, workers or some combination of all stakeholders."
“This is an alternate type of liquidity event, where instead of exiting by getting acquired or going public, a startup’s founders sell their company to the people who value it most...This could turn into a worker’s co-op, or something a little more heterogeneous — it all depends.”
“A potential blueprint for how to prioritize sustainability and profitability while exploring alternative financing models for startups"
The optimal governance structure for early-stage projects is founder dictatorship. The optimal governance structure for mature projects has large user/stakeholder involvement. "Exit to community" continues to be underrated as a way to get both.
🌻 Additional Resources
The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership, by Movement Strategy Center
Designing Futures with Care: Finding Our Way to Different Worlds Together, by Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell/ OCAD
A Sense of Belonging (Product-Led Community) Part 1, by Spero Ventures
Case Studies: Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives, by Project Equity
Innovative Financial Models to Spur Worker to Owner Conversions, by DAWI
The Three Types of Populist Economic Policy, by People's Policy Project
Exit to Community: Strategies for Multi-Stakeholder Ownership in the Platform Economy
Investing in Employee Ownership: Financing Conversions Through a Private Equity Fund Model.
Tensions & Beliefs
What is a collective governance?