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Rock and Ranges Craft Brewery Co-op

Rock and Ranges Craft Brewery Co-op is one of 8 Projects going through the incubator.coop Accelerator Program.  

The cohort consists of:




Verge CoHousing A CoHousing Co-op (Adelaide, SA) Elle Vallance
Valley and Plains Renewable Energy A renewable energy Co-op (Barossa Valley, SA) Rachel Brdanovic
Rock and Ranges Craft Brewery Co-op A Co-op micro brewery (Macedon Ranges, VIC) Luke Spievogal
TideWater A Worker Co-op with an innovation that de-salinates seawater into freshwater using tide and gravity energy only (Adelaide, SA) Sir Charlie Madden
Loconomics Australia Platform Co-op for booking household and personal services from local suppliers (Melbourne, VIC) Sam Waterhouse
NeedsMap Australia A platform for connecting charitable needs with donors using a smart-map interface (Melbourne, VIC) Rohan Clarke
Chooks SA A 2000+ strong online community fighting for gender equality seeking to become a Co-op (Adelaide, SA) Moira Were
Carbon Farming Collective A platform for trading of ACCU (Carbon offsets) using blockchain settlements (Townsville, QLD) Daryl Killin

Rock and Ranges Craft Brewery Co-op

Origin Victoria Type Retail Co-Op Stage Early

Noteworthy: Beer! Everyone loves beer.

The idea: To establish a community-owned, democratically-controlled Brewing Co-operative in the Macedon Ranges

Strengths: We make a real economic contribution, bring tourism and jobs to our region. We can facilitate stronger social connections and foster greater resilience. We prioritise environmental sustainability into our activities to ensure we tread lightly. We do all this while operating under sound business principles and use surpluses to invest and progress aligned initiatives and make a broader ongoing contribution.

Hurdles: Framing the co-op structure as a viable alternative to the more commonly accepted enterprises. The telling that story also provides the opportunity.

What they need

  • Limited specific co-op experience and
  • access to sufficient start-up capital
  • Looking for legal, financial oversight 

Founder Notes Liam has created social enterprises in this location before and knows the local conditions extremely well.  He is professional, smart and willing to take on tasks and then complete them.  Very good to work with.

What is the Accelerator Program?

Beginning on the 4th of February and running for 8-weeks is the first Accelerator Program being run for creating new member-owned organisations.

There are already many incubators for investor-owned companies and even some incubators for social enterprises, but this is the first incubator run to assist the creation of new member-owned businesses.

The incubation process takes an idea – or Project – through 4-stages: Forming, Organising, Funding and Operating.

A project is improved upon at each stage with the direct assistance of the membership of Incubator Co-operative.  For example a Project might need a website and they will agree a deferred-payment arrangement with a web designer who is also a member of incubator.coop.

Not all projects will offer deferred-payment arrangements, some will pay directly for work, some will ask for a freebie and some will offer the equivalent type of sweat-for-equity arrangement that a startup might provide.

Incubator.coop provides the ‘ecosystem’ that allows members to assist Projects through the critically important early stages of formation, planning, launching and compliance of member-owned organisations.

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