Modo and Coast Car Co-op: Co-ops helping co-ops
We’re delighted to see the Coast Car Co-op carshare program on the Sunshine Coast launch this month, with 30 members signed up already!
As we do so often with small carshare co-op startups, Modo worked closely with the Coast team to offer its booking technology, mentorship and marketing advice as the carshare developed. It’s exciting to see the dream of a small team become reality.
Learn more about the special relationship between co-operatives: read the blog post below, via the BC Co-operative Association’s website, “New co-ops ‘join the family’”.
The development story of the Coast Car Co-op demonstrates the power of co-operation amongst co-ops. Already incorporated, this nonprofit co-op will provide cars along the Sunshine Coast beginning early next year.
BCCA, Modo The Car Co-op, a car-share service in Vancouver, Devco Development Co-operative, Vancity and the Federation of Canadian Carshare Co-ops are among those who have been supporting the Coast Car Co-op.
“I am really blown away by the willingness of people to contribute time that clearly isn’t benefiting them in an immediate financial sense, but they understand the vision and they understand the challenges of the start-up process,” says Coast Car Co-op executive director Johan Stroman. “That’s been hugely valuable.”
The co-op recently held a membership drive, helping them surpass the halfway mark to achieving the number of members required to launch three cars on the Sunshine Coast in February 2014.
“It sounds cliché to say, but it really does feel like I’m entering into a family of other co-ops that are trying to mobilize and help more co-ops grow,” Johan adds.
The support that the co-op’s provisional board received helped them explore key development questions, like: “Are you a nonprofit? Are you a for-profit? What does that mean in terms of membership shares? What are the pros and cons of that?” he says.