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Posted June 12 , 2013

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The Co-operators launches the National Co-op Challenge

Emerging co-ops competing for $200,000

GUELPH - Today, The Co-operators launched the National Co-op Challenge, a social media contest that allows emerging Canadian co-operatives to compete for a share of $200,000 in prize money.

Following the success of last year's inaugural challenge, The Co-operators is bringing the contest back, to once again allow Canadians to decide which small and expanding co-ops will win grants.

The National Co-op Challenge was developed by The Co-operators last year as part of its celebrations of 2012, which the United Nations proclaimed the International Year of Co-operatives. The format, which allows anyone to vote for their favourite contestants through Facebook, reflects the participatory nature of co-operatives, which are governed on a democratic basis by their members.

"We had such a wonderful response to last year's challenge, that we just had to do it again," said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. "We encourage eligible co-ops throughout Canada to put in an application and compete for prize money. Best of luck to all the applicants!"

Eligible co-ops' applications are being accepted until July 8. For the application form and more details, visit The National Co-op Challenge section of The Co-operators website at

Once applications have been reviewed, four finalists will be selected from each of four regions from across the country. They will have an opportunity to make a short video pitch, which will be posted on Facebook. The public will then vote for their favourites, and the top two vote-getters in region will each receive prizes of $25,000. A Grand Prize winner will be selected randomly from among the eight regional winners, earning themselves extra resources to grow their business.

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