Young Co-operators Prize

To create a positive alternative

The Young Co-operators Prize is just the beginning of a wider campaign to empower young people to create a more equal and sustainable economy through setting up co-operative businesses.

A collaboration between AltGenCo-operatives UK  and ten partner universities across the country, the YCP aims to make it as easy as possible for students and graduates to choose co-operatives as an alternative career pathway in which they collaborate with others to create meaningful work they are in control of. 

Founded by three recent graduates frustrated by the unfair and exploitative nature of the world of work, AltGen supports 18-29 year olds to set up co-operative businesses as an empowering and collaborative solution to youth unemployment.

Through sharing stories, running workshops, bringing young people together and providing business support, AltGen encourages our generation to stop competing and start collaborating to create an alternative future. One where our work enables us to generate a fair income, do what we love and have a positive social impact.

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Co-operatives UK

Co-operatives UK is the national membership body for co-operatives across the UK. They work to promote, develop and unite co-operative businesses and bring together all those with a passion and interest in co-operative action.

In the UK the co-operative economy  is worth more than £37 billion and the number of co-operative memberships exceeds 15 million, making co-operatives the largest membership movement in the country.

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Partner Universities

The YCP is partnered with ten universities across the country that are taking a proactive and progressive approach to their students' futures by offering a wider range of employment opportunities. If you are a student or recent graduate of one of these universities then you have the opportunity to attend one of the workshops we'll be delivering at your University.

  • Bristol University
  • Goldsmiths
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Leeds
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Oxford
  • SOAS
  • University of Sussex

Let's be generation with an alternative future.