Start-up Innovator – awarded for the blazing of a new way forward to solve the challenges faced by startup food co-ops, or a new and innovative way to address the needs of the co-op’s community through the development of their food cooperative. Awardees have shown exceptional creativity in meeting the needs of their developing co-op and have created a new practice others can follow.

Previous Winners:

2017      Renaissance Community Cooperative
2018      Oshkosh Food Co-op
2019      Gem City Market
2020      Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery
2021      Chicago Market

Cooperative Citizen – awarded for exceptional embodiment of cooperative principle six, “cooperation among cooperatives”, within the startup food co-op community. Awardees have gone far above and beyond to share their knowledge, experience, and solutions with peer startups, contributing significantly to the growth of the overall food co-op startup community.

Previous Winners:

2017      Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery
2018      Assabet Co-op Market
2019      Sitka Food Co-op
2020      National Black Food & Justice Alliance (NBFJA)
2021      Gem City Market

Best of the Best – awarded for an exceptional use of an existing co-op development best practice by a startup food co-op during the development process that illuminates the way forward for peer co-ops to use best practices to reach new levels of success.

Previous Winners:

2017      Green Top Grocery
2018      Free Range Food Co-op
2019      Fredericksburg Food Co-op
2020      Suncoast Market Co-op
2021      Oshkosh Food Co-op