Start-ups that use technology to support communities to co-operate, encourage innovation or boost people’s health, wellbeing or skills have until 31 July to apply for free desk space and support in central Manchester.

Up to four co-working spaces are available per organisation at The Federation, close to Victoria railway station. Successful applicants will join a broad range of existing social enterprise tenants including HIVE, which provides workshops to help young people develop digital skills; Bounceback Food CIC that fights food poverty by teaching people how to cook and donating to foodbanks; and Fluidkeys, which builds software to help developers, journalists and activists protect sensitive information.

As well as desk space, residents will also have access to meeting rooms, the opportunity to put on their own events as part of The Federation’s event series, and support to help reach their growth, sustainability, social impact and digital aims.

Support is being provided by the Co-op Foundation, through a grant from Luminate,  part of The Omidyar Group.

Louise Anderson, Senior Federation Manager, said:

“As Co-op’s community space in Manchester, the Federation brings together social enterprises and innovators who care about the world we share. Through Luminate’s funding for the Co-op Foundation, we are delighted to support a number of fantastic start-ups and social enterprises who not only share our values, but work positively to create stronger communities”

Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said:

“The Federation’s co-working floor is a vibrant community space filled with some of the most exciting emerging social enterprises in the North West. Limited funded desk spaces are still available, and organisations using tech to tackle social issues have until 31 July to apply. Get in touch today to find out how joining our community could help your start-up grow and succeed.”

Desk space and support is available for up to 18 months. To apply, please visit and complete the enquiry form.


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