Exit to Community (E2C) is an effort to develop alternatives to the standard model of the startup "exit." Rather than simply aiming for an acquisition by a more established company or a public stock offering, could startups aim to mature into ownership by their community of stakeholders? Through policy research, popular education, and partnership with interested startups, MEDLab is exploring pathways for making the answer a yes.

This work occurs in partnership with Zebras Unite and MEDLab community fellow Danny Spitzberg, with support from the Open Society Foundations.

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Exit to Community: Meet the Zine

Monday, August 31, 2020 10-11 a.m. Mountain Time Webinar To join, register for the Season of the Dazzle series at Crowdcast Starting with a call for "Exit to Community ” in September 2019, we have been exploring what this new option for startups might look like and how to get...

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Exit to Community: Industry-Wide Accountability

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10-11:30 a.m. Mountain Time Webinar To join, register for the Season of the Dazzle series at Crowdcast We hear about corporate social responsibility a lot, and the need for accountability in practice—not just in talk—is more important than ever. This webinar explores how broad-based ownership is...

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Cooperative Design: How Co-ops Center Their Members to Build Better Products, Faster

July 15, 2020

In 1948, ten workers at an Iowa meatpacking plant began Dupaco Credit Union by putting their mutual trust and around $150 in a shoebox. In 2017, I attended a credit union conference where Dupaco’s head of marketing David Klavitter said his key metric is still just as simple: 0% stock...

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Exit to Community: Cooperative Product Design

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 10-11:30 a.m. Mountain Time Webinar View the video recording of the event here and the collaborative notes document here . As inclusive design practices catch on, people in building tech tools are asking, "Who really manages the product roadmap? Who ultimately benefits?" This session features leaders...

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Exit to Community: Community Ownership in a Pandemic

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 10-11:30 a.m. Mountain Time Webinar View the video recording of the event here and the collaborative notes document here . The COVID-19 crisis presents the greatest threat to community-based business in generations. But what if their employees and neighbors had the tools to get through this...

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Exit to Community: Distributed Governance

Friday, May 8, 2020 10-11:00 a.m. Mountain Time Webinar View the video recording of the event here and Sita Magnuson's graphic recording here . In the new world made by the coronavirus, there has been a lot of discussion recently about online collaboration and work. But what about governance? If...

When Co-ops and Venture Capital Meet

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11-12:00 a.m. Mountain Time Webinar View the video recording of the event here . It is a common assumption that cooperative business and venture capital financing don't mix. And there is good reason for this. Venture capital uses investor ownership to drive companies toward a quick,...

Exit to Community: A Community Primer

Exit to Community Poster Available Now

March 6, 2020

After months of travel, events, webinars, and more, we're proud to announce the first print publication related to our Exit to Community project : a printable poster and booklet called Exit to Community: A Community Primer . We've worked hard to produce a concise, information-dense artifact which briefly outlines the...

Exit to Community: Community Culture

Exit to Community: Community Culture

How can startups create truly empowered communities? A growing network of entrepreneurs, organizers, and investors is exploring the idea of “Exit to Community”—enabling startups to transition toward ownership by their core stakeholders. There are many possible pathways towards this goal, as well as many challenges along the way. But one...

Exit to Community - Legal Options, script by Sita Magnuson of Dpict.

Exit to Community: Legal Options

January 24, 2020 10-11:00 a.m. Mountain Time Webinar A growing network of entrepreneurs, activists, and investors are exploring the possibility of “exit to community”—enabling startups to transition toward ownership by their core stakeholders. There are a variety of possible pathways toward this goal, as well as a variety of challenges...

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