support for start-ups

establishing a co-operative business

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Ready to START A CO-OP?

We are thrilled that you’re exploring the co-operative business model. Establishing and operating a successful member-owned business is no easy feat but we are here to support you in your journey.

Be sure to tap into our extensive resources and networks to decide whether the business model is right for you. If it is, we can then link you with specialists who can help you take the next step towards a fully-fledged operating co-operative.

Resources & templates

Our downloadable resources, including the popular Start Up Guide, can assist you in deciding whether the model is suitable, how you can implement in, and what you can do to ensure success going forward.

Connect with fellow co-ops

We connect those new to the model with larger established co-operatives so you can learn directly from those who have gone before you. Collaboration amongst co-operatives is a key co-operative principle, after all.

Specialist support

We can introduce you to our recommended professional services firms and specialists who are knowledgeable in the model and can assist with taking your business idea to the next level.



The popular Start-Up Guide is an ideal resource for those interested in the business model to gain a good grasp on the steps required to make their co-operative dream a reality.

Thanks to the support of Corporate Associate Member Anderson Lloyd and the Companies Office, we are pleased to offer this complimentary resource to anyone who would like to learn more about establishing or joining a co-operative or mutual in New Zealand.

To access this guide, please email us at



    We offer a special membership tier for individuals and groups who are considering or in the process of establishing their member-owned business.

    By becoming a provisional member, you’ll gain access to all our start-up guides and templates, member-pricing to all events and education programmes, networking opportunities and more.

    At an affordable rate, provisional membership is a fantastic option to gain additional support as you journey through this stage in your business.


    Hear from other Start-Ups

    “Getting access to support, networking with others in the community and having a good sounding board to discuss our ideas with has made our process of establishing a co-operative that much easier”

    “Being part of Cooperative Business NZ has helped us tap into networks and people who can help us along the way.”

    resources & guides

    KNOWLEDGE library

    We’re pleased to offer a comprehensive range of resources, guides and templates for you to utilise, including the popular Start-Up Guide. 

    You can also take advantage of a selection of webinar recordings for specialist insights and knowledge on co-operative specific topics. Explore these on our YouTube channel here.

    Resources and guides

    Want to talk to us about your co-operative journey?