Courses and Content

Our courses are designed to meet you wherever you are in your entrepreneurial journey and are facilitated by local business leaders to help you go from idea to action with confidence.

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These four courses have proven to be effective in meeting you where you are with the right guidance at the right time.

A strong foundation

CO.STARTERS Core

Our flagship offering is an accelerator-style course that teaches entrepreneurs business fundamentals. Using the lean startup method, the course walks participants through the process of testing and iterating on their ideas as they bring them to life.

This course is designed to be facilitated by a local business leader in a cohort environment with 10 sessions over 10 weeks.
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READY. SET. LAUNCH!

CO.STARTERS Bootcamp

The four-part intensive bootcamp provides entrepreneurs with the business basics. Through hackathon-style peer collaboration, this course challenges participants, stretches their thinking, and gives them the training to build a stronger business.

This course consists of two sessions per day for two days.
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TAKE THE FIRST STEP

CO.STARTERS Workshop

This introductory three-hour workshop helps entrepreneurs explore ideas, refine their models, and define next steps.

This course consists of one session across three hours of content.
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INSPIRE YOUTH

CO.STARTERS Generator

This modular version of CO.STARTERS Core helps teach teens entrepreneurial thinking as they generate, test, and think about their ideas.

This course varies by grade and goals.
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COMPARE

Courses and Content

Core

DURATION

10 Sessions

over 10 weeks

WHO IT'S FOR

Great for anyone who has an idea to start a business or needs help building their business.

WHAT WE COVER

Know Yourself

Dig into what's driving you and understand what it will take to achieve your dream.

Understand Your Customers

Pinpoint what your customer wants and how to adapt to their needs.

Business Solutions & Starting Small

Test your solution by starting small and making adjustments as needed.

Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers

Build customer relationships through your messaging and marketing.

Revenue, Pricing
& Distribution

Figure out your logistics and how you'll make money.

Legal & Accounting

Understand the systems and structures you'll need to support your business.

Financial Modeling

Determine your costs and whether your business model is financially viable.

Funding &
Raising Capital

Know your options for finding the funds you need to grow sustainably.

Growth Plans & Goal Setting

Gain momentum and leave with a strategy for achieving your goals.

Celebrate

Reflect on your journey and celebrate your success. Your future starts now.

PARTICIPANTS WILL ACCOMPLISH

  • Ability to ask better questions to challenge assumptions
  • Identify key issues and address them
  • Understand why specifics matter and how everything works together
  • Be able to clearly articulate the business' potential to others
  • Learn from other entrepreneurs and build relationships and community that will help foster success
  • Know next step

Bootcamp

DURATION

4 Sessions

over 2 days

WHO IT'S FOR

Ideal for individuals who have an idea but need further validation.

WHAT WE COVER

Discover

Evaluate the assumptions behind your business model and refine your idea using the CO.STARTERS Canvas.

Promote

Learn the basics of crafting a message and building relationships through marketing.

Build

Dive into the building blocks - from your startup costs to your break-even point-needed to understand your business's finances.

Launch

Create a plan and stay on track by setting priorities and SMART goals to move your business forward.

PARTICIPANTS WILL ACCOMPLISH

  • Build framework for better identifying key issues
  • Forge valuable connections
  • Identify concrete next steps to focus on
  • Feel confident about direction

Workshop

DURATION

1 Session

across 3 hours

WHO IT'S FOR

Designed for entrepreneurs at all stages to gain clarity and confidence.

WHAT WE COVER

Explore Your Idea

Participants are introduced to the CO.STARTERS Canvas and outline their ideal customer and the problem that customer has.

Refine Your Model

The group covers the concept of customer discovery; participants learn the importance of starting small and brainstorm how they might test their ideas.

Define Next Steps

Each participant leaves with a plan for what they can do in the next hour, day, week, and month to move their venture forward.

PARTICIPANTS WILL ACCOMPLISH

  • Explore and test ideas to merit further pursuit
  • Understand the lean startup method
  • Know the importance of starting small
  • Meet and learn from others

Generator

DURATION

Varied Format

WHO IT'S FOR

Great tool for engaging teens in a school or extracurricular environment.

WHAT WE COVER

Ideate

Help participants come up with ideas for projects by exploring their passions and identifying problems in the community.

Discover

Lead participants in self-discovery, helping them understand personal strengths, limitations, and the importance of having the right people on your team.

Build

Using the CO.STARTERS Canvas, provide an intuitive visual map to help students understand, organize, and test their ideas.

Launch

The Launch module allows some groups to go more in-depth in certain areas.

PARTICIPANTS WILL ACCOMPLISH

  • Pride in having something real and meaningful
  • Excitement in exploring passions
  • Understand how to test and validate ideas
  • Learn how to innovate and iterate on ways of thinking
  • Articulate as an entrepreneur on how their ideas work

Core

Bootcamp

Workshop

Generator

DURATION

10 Sessions

over 10 weeks

4 Sessions

over 2 days

1 Session

across 3 hours

Varied Format

WHO IT'S FOR

Great for anyone who has an idea to start a business or needs help building their business.

Ideal for individuals who have an idea but need further validation.

Designed for entrepreneurs at all stages to gain clarity and confidence.

Great tool for engaging teens in a school or extracurricular environment.

WHAT WE COVER

Know Yourself

Dig into what's driving you and understand what it will take to achieve your dream.

Understand Your Customers

Pinpoint what your customer wants and how to adapt to their needs.

Discover

Evaluate the assumptions behind your business model and refine your idea using the CO.STARTERS Canvas.

Explore Your Idea

Participants are introduced to the CO.STARTERS Canvas and outline their ideal customer and the problem that customer has.

Ideate

Help participants come up with ideas for projects by exploring their passions and identifying problems in the community.

Business Solutions & Starting Small

Test your solution by starting small and making adjustments as needed.

Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers

Build customer relationships through your messaging and marketing.

Promote

Learn the basics of crafting a message and building relationships through marketing.

Refine Your Model

The group covers the concept of customer discovery; participants learn the importance of starting small and brainstorm how they might test their ideas.

Discover

Lead participants in self-discovery, helping them understand personal strengths, limitations, and the importance of having the right people on your team.

Revenue, Pricing
& Distribution

Figure out your logistics and how you'll make money.

Legal & Accounting

Understand the systems and structures you'll need to support your business.

Build

Dive into the building blocks - from your startup costs to your break-even point-needed to understand your business's finances.

Define Next Steps

Each participant leaves with a plan for what they can do in the next hour, day, week, and month to move their venture forward.

Build

Using the CO.STARTERS Canvas, provide an intuitive visual map to help students understand, organize, and test their ideas.

Financial Modeling

Determine your costs and whether your business model is financially viable.

Funding &
Raising Capital

Know your options for finding the funds you need to grow sustainably.

Launch

Create a plan and stay on track by setting priorities and SMART goals to move your business forward.

Launch

The Launch module allows some groups to go more in-depth in certain areas.

Growth Plans & Goal Setting

Gain momentum and leave with a strategy for achieving your goals.

Celebrate

Reflect on your journey and celebrate your success. Your future starts now.

PARTICIPANTS WILL ACCOMPLISH

  • Ability to ask better questions to challenge assumptions
  • Identify key issues and address them
  • Understand why specifics matter and how everything works together
  • Be able to clearly articulate the business' potential to others
  • Learn from other entrepreneurs and build relationships and community that will help foster success
  • Know next step
  • Build framework for better identifying key issues
  • Forge valuable connections
  • Identify concrete next steps to focus on
  • Feel confident about direction
  • Explore and test ideas to merit further pursuit
  • Understand the lean startup method
  • Know the importance of starting small
  • Meet and learn from others
  • Pride in having something real and meaningful
  • Excitement in exploring passions
  • Understand how to test and validate ideas
  • Learn how to innovate and iterate on ways of thinking
  • Articulate as an entrepreneur on how their ideas work

BUILT FOR SUCCESS

Why it works

All courses are collaborative, actionable and simple, with the goal of being effective, helping entrepreneurs break barriers and go on to build a thriving business.

Collaborative

Entrepreneurship isn't a solo sport -- the best ideas originate and are refined with the help of community, online and in person. All programs offer a safe space to share ideas, experiment, fail, and learn together to better realize and then build on business opportunities.

Actionable

You are engaged with actionable steps, which can include gathering and acting on customer feedback to improve on ideas, products or services, and assimilating these insights into business models and resource planning as you progress through the programs.

Simple

Business is hard, but it shouldn't be complicated. All of our courses and content are written with the goal of helping you focus on very practical steps to move more quickly toward your dream of owning and running your own successful business.

“CO.STARTERS is an invaluable cornerstone of our work with aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs, helping us to turn local talent and dedication into new businesses.”

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Buddy Palmer

"Since starting CO.STARTERS, we've seen more energy in the town around supporting people who want to start businesses, and more understanding about fostering entrepreneurship."

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Monique Priestley

Ready to go from business idea to business building?

When you enroll we match you with the right community organization based on your location, needs, and goals. We're here to help you start, scale, and succeed!

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