UCo, Utrecht Community, is a working community in the center of Utrecht, where entrepreneurs and SMEs build a sustainable, circular society and economy. We are working and learning together and connect with the world on a local and regional level. Uco offers 200 entrepreneurs 2000m2 work; demonstration and workshop space in a sustainable, circular renovated historic train shed from the NS. It is situated at the 2e Daalsedijk 6 behind the Amsterdamse Staatweg in Utrecht.
Tags:accelerator / circular monument / hub / work community / workspace
UCo is the larger sister of the Rotterdam ROco (Rotterdam Collective) founded by Except integrated sustainability. ROco exists since 5 years.
When: April 2016- date
Who: UCo Foundation, founded by Except integrated sustainability in cooperation with 100% Zomer as co-entrepreneur and community director.
Why: the timing was right in Utrecht. The city has a large social DNA and is now ready to implement sustainable and circular projects. 100% Zomer has the Utrecht network and the sustainable, circular and entrepreneurial experience to turn this start-up into a scale-up.
Result so far:
Structured the internal organization
Adjusted business case
Developed subsidy plans
Connected UCo with relevant stakeholders
Started to built the local community ecosystem in and around UCO
Business development services created and meetings held