Applications for the Spring 2024 cohort are CLOSED

CO.STARTERS Core is a three-month, cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action.

Participants enter into a facilitator-led, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of 10-15 like-minded peers. Working together, participants develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining every part and determining next steps through real-time feedback from people in the community.

For more information, review the below information. If you have more questions, email Lauri.

Spring 2024 Class

The Spring CO.STARTERS cohort will run from March 18 – May, 20, 2024. The class will meet every Monday from 6-9pm.

Applications for the Spring 2024 cohort are closed.

What To Expect

During CO.STARTERS you are not being lectured. This is an action-driven, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded people. Led by a facilitator who is an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll identify your assumptions about why and how your businesses will work and then talk to customers in order to validate your ideas. This approach enables you to rapidly uncover flaws in your concept and find viable models more quickly. You’ll leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate your model, and repeat the process with your next great idea.

Course Outline

During CO.STARTERS, you’ll develop and fine-tune your idea, critically examining every part of it and tweaking your next steps through real-time feedback from people in the community. Over the ten weeks, we’ll cover the following topics:

Week 1: Knowing Yourself (Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles)

Week 2: Knowing Your Customer (Customer, Problem, Alternatives, Idea Testing)

Week 3: Finding the Right Solution (Solution, Benefit, Advantage, Starting Small, Brand Identity)

Week 4: Getting the Relationship Right (Marketing & Message; Getting, Keeping, and Growing Customers)

Week 5: Building Blocks (Distribution, Revenue, Typical Offering, Price)

Week 6: Structures and Systems (Legal & Accounting Considerations)

Week 7: Discovering the Bottom Line (Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Even Point)

Week 8: Financial Modeling (Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Raising Capital)

Week 9: Planning for Growth (Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Pitch Prep

Week 10: The Pitch!

Application and Tuition
The online CO.STARTERS application requires a $150 tuition fee, which includes course materials, networking opportunities and small business resources.
CO.STARTERS helped me understand the importance of being mindful of how you start a business. The course taught me the intricacies of business, and it introduced me to a roadmap of achieving my greatest entrepreneurial success.
Besiah Fahngon

Owner/Director of Events, Kaifa Events

The CO.STARTERS workshop experience helped us clarify our vision and overcome obstacles in getting our business into reality. The value is truly in the ongoing support and connection to the business community in our region.
Brandon Bell

Owner/Chef, Risin' Vibes Kitchen

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