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Worker-Owned Enterprises Program

The Worker-Owned Enterprises Program equips participants with the tools to create employee-owned businesses called worker cooperatives. These businesses are owned and democratically run by the people who work there. Through cooperatives, the program contributes to a new, more resilient economy that works for all by supporting living-wage jobs, creating business ownership opportunities, and developing wealth from the ground up. 


  • This program helps community members launch sustainable businesses that build generational and community-based wealth.
  • It is the first of its kind in Florida.
  • It is the first in South Florida to advocate for worker cooperatives as a tool for democratic community economic development. 

Catalyst Miami is collaborating with nonprofit, for-profit, and government partners to build a local cooperative ecosystem that ensures cooperatives succeed.

Watch participants of the Summer 2021 academy as they pitch their worker co-op ideas:

Why Worker-Owned Businesses?

Work for a business that you own and manage.
Give yourself better pay and better benefits.
Collect a chunk of the company's earnings.
Build a more just and sustainable future for your community.

About the Academy

First, groups of individuals apply to our academy, which provides comprehensive knowledge about worker cooperatives and the business, management, and financial skills needed to launch one. 

To apply, please submit your basic details here, then you will be redirected to a Google form to complete the full application.


March 18-June 3, 2021
Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m. 


$15/hour for each session you attend

About the Incubator

In the incubator phase, groups can apply to receive deeper help launching a worker-owned business. We provide these early-stage cooperatives with the business, financial, and legal help they need to launch their ventures. 

We are currently seeking groups of individuals who want to launch new worker cooperatives. We are also seeking existing businesses that want to transition to worker ownership.

To apply, please submit your information here, then you will be redirected to a Google form to complete the full application.