Transform your community with a clear action plan.

As a community leader, you know what you want to see in your community in five years.

But how do you get there from where you are now? And how do you do it sustainably?

That’s where we come in.

Join the ecosystem accelerator to build a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Proven & trusted

Over a decade of ecosystem building work

Communities Supported
Leaders Trained
Entrepreneurs Served

"CO.STARTERS' training has allowed our organization to be nimble in serving the needs throughout our area as we implement our SBA grant in five counties across the state. Whenever questions arise, the support is there. We couldn't be happier with our partnership with CO.STARTERS!"

Brienne Maner
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Turn potential into action

By taking part in this accelerator, you will:

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Create a strategy that works long-term.

You’ll learn the best systems and processes for ensuring that your work can sustain itself if you step back.

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Assess your local resource landscape.

You’ll gain a deep understanding of the needs in your community and how they’re currently being met

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Use impact data to tell a better story.

You’ll be able to tell a compelling, data-driven story to your board, employees, and community about what you’re achieving.

Go beyond the buzzwords.

You’ll learn what successful ecosystem building actually looks like, and how to do it yourself.

Ready to jumpstart your ecosystem?

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Who is this accelerator for?

The people who will benefit the most from this accelerator are city officials or executive leaders of entrepreneurship hubs or community organizations who care about better serving local entrepreneurs and the health of the business community as a whole.

How much does it cost?

The participation fee is $1,000 per person; for optimal outcomes, we strongly recommend sending at least two people from your organization.

Is this program in-person or virtual?

This program will be delivered in a virtual format, beginning with a two-day workshop. The cohort will continue to meet weekly over the following month.

When does it start?

Our next Ecosystem Accelerator cohort will kick off in February 2024. Applications for the February cohort must be submitted by January 31.

What will I get out of this accelerator?

Each accelerator participant will leave the program with an action-driven ecosystem building plan tailored to their community with time-specific milestones. In addition, participants will leave knowing how to engage funders, fund TA programs, create a sustainable model, and align community stakeholders.

Can I bring my team, or is the program designed for one person per community?

Ecosystem building isn't a solo sport; we encourage you to bring one or two other people from your community such as a strategic partner, board member, or employee.