If you’re thinking about starting something new, CO.STARTERS might be perfect for you.

The goal of the CO.STARTERS program is to ensure every community has a thriving ecosystem of supports tailored to its unique needs, and as a result, helps entrepreneurs succeed.

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A 9-week program designed to put your ideas to the test

The CO.STARTERS program prepares aspiring entrepreneurs with insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn their business ideas into action. CO.STARTERS is designed to shorten the time it takes to develop great ideas into thriving businesses by applying lean business model methods popular with high-growth startups.

Participants will learn how to to identify key assumptions about why and how their businesses will work in real-world scenarios. This approach enables participants to rapidly uncover flaws in their concepts and quickly adjust their business models.


Who is it for?

If you are exploring a new idea, you're someone close to starting up, or even just launched a business that is "stuck," CO.STARTERS is right for YOU.

The one essential element is that you have a concept that you are ready to test and that you are willing to study, shape and fine-tune that idea in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment. If you’re creative, community-minded and serious about turning your passion into a sustainable business, we want you.


The CO.STARTERS Curriculum


Week 1:
Knowing Yourself

This week covers testing assumptions, working styles, team building, and common business obstacles.

Week 2:
Knowing Your Customer

This week covers problems, solutions, benefits, competition, advantages, and customers

Week 3:
Getting the Relationship Right

This week covers marketing & messaging. Its a crash course on getting, keeping & growing customers

Week 4:
Building the Model to Scale

This week covers starting small, distribution, revenue, typical sale, price

Week 5:
Strengthening Your Structure

This week covers business structures, licenses, IP and hiring.

Week 6:
Discovering the Bottom Line

This week covers startup & ongoing needs, fixed & variable costs, and break-even points

Week 7:
Accounting for Growth

This week covers Marketing & Message; Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers

Week 8:
Planning for the Future

This week covers Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Pitch Prep

Week 9: Pitch Night


Participants will graduate from the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate their business model, and repeat the process for future business ideas.

Participants also receive one-on-one time with the facilitators, Q&A with local entrepreneurs, support from Epicenter staff during and post-graduation, invitation to alumni networking & workshop events, one year of access to Epicenter's Cooper-Young coworking facility, a 60 day free trial of Legal GPS, and an invitation to participate in the Urban Summit.

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Program Fees

CO.STARTERS enrollment is flat fee of $225. The course fee includes curriculum, facilitation, and light refreshments. Spaces are limited, so full payment is required to save a seat. This fee is non-refundable.

Upcoming Sessions

There aren’t any upcoming CO.STARTERS cohorts scheduled at this time.

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