Help entrepreneurs go from idea to launch in 10 sessions.

what is it?

An accelerator-style program that teaches the fundamentals of business

Our flagship business launching program offers a cohort of entrepreneurs community, structure, and accountability as they bring their ideas to life. The program is designed to be facilitated by a trusted local business leader and delivered in 10 sessions.

built for success

Why it works

While most programs of this length tend to focus on teaching business concepts to participants, CO.STARTERS Core takes a more active approach.

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Building businesses in real time

Participants build, test, and refine their business models as they progress through the program. Each week, participants are encouraged to talk to potential customers and use that feedback to improve their product/service.

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Cohort-based learning model

The cohort introduces a dimension of peer-to-peer learning. CO.STARTERS Core intentionally sets aside time for participants to discuss their businesses and ideas with one another, benefitting from each other’s unique experiences and expertise.

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Designed to combat common pitfalls

The most common reasons small businesses fail are poor market fit and running out of cash. CO.STARTERS Core addresses the causes of these issues systematically as participants test and refine their business models.

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Complex ideas, clearly explained

Business is hard, but it shouldn’t be complicated. Our programs are written using simple language that is easy for anyone to understand, regardless of their educational or career background.

what's inside?

Program content

CO.STARTERS Core walks entrepreneurs through 10 foundational topics.

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 & 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.


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


Who it's for

CO.STARTERS Core is for anyone who has an idea and is stuck. Through the program, participants will:

Ask better questions to challenge their assumptions, identify key issues, and address them

Understand WHY specific business activities matter, HOW they fit together, and WHETHER they are relevant to their situation

Be able to articulate and explain their business's potential to others

Find community, structure, and accountability—all within a safe space to share, experiment, fail, and learn with other entrepreneurs

Know their next step forward

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our results

Don't take our word for it.

Here's what program alumni have to say:

of graduates say they know how to start and lead a business.
of graduates say they know their next step forward.
of graduates feel connected and supported by their local community.

Learn more about bringing CO.STARTERS Core to your community.

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