Any Member can create free of charge a Group. This initial Group is handy for identifying who is interested and supportive of the same idea as you have. Here is a video that shows you how to setup a Group.
When your Group is sufficiently formed you may want to turn into an actual functioning community. We call this more developed Group a Project.
Becoming a Project has several advantages and requires payment of a “listing fee”.
> Access to the Treaty-builder for Project to Mentor, Project to Founder, Project to Volunteer and Project to Service Provider Treaty types.
> A years services from Geddup, which provides shared communications platform, CRM, Calendar and Drive. To book a “Setup with Geddup”
There are 4 treaty types:
1. Project to Founder – In a conventional startup the founders start with 100% of the equity and use this to engage investors, advisors and employees to build the business. Co-ops don’t work like this. With a Project to Founder Treaty you can articulate a founder’s reward that works for founders and members.
2. Project to Volunteer – Volunteers don’t need payment but establishing clear expectations for both sides through this Treaty is essential to good community development.
3. Project to Service Provider – In their early days Co-ops can struggle to engage professional service providers because they don’t have equity to share. This Treaty provides an at-risk and deferred option for payment of service providers that is fair for everyone.
4. Project to Mentor – Engaging with experienced mentors over the startup and scale up phase of a co-op is critical to the success of co-op ventures. This Treaty enables a co-op to provide a fair reward for the value provided by mentors.