Big Ideas Start Here
CO.STARTERS is a cohort-based program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor.
CO.STARTERS Might Be For You If …
You have an idea that you are excited and passionate about exploring
You are willing to question, shape and fine-tune that idea
You thrive on small group interaction and collaboration
You want to gain a deep understanding of what it takes to be an entrepreneur
You are committed to meeting in-person, once per week, for 3 hours, for 10 weeks
Build, Test, Iterate …
With a group of like-minded individuals, you will use a simplified version of the Business Model Canvas to develop and fine-tune your idea, rapidly uncover flaws in your concepts, and find viable models more quickly. CO.STARTERS certified facilitators will lead you through the following topics:
Session I: Knowing Yourself
Session 2: Knowing Your Customer
Session 3: Finding the Right Solution
Session 4: Getting the Relationship Right
Session 5: Building Blocks
Session 6: Structures & Systems
Session 7: Discovering the Bottom Line
Session 8: Financial Modeling
Session 9: Planning for Growth
Session 10: Graduation/Pitch Night
A Few Other Details …
How much does CO.STARTERS cost?
Due to the generous support of our partners, the CO.STARTERS program is available to cohort members in the Lake Norman and greater Charlotte area for a small fee of $50. (full cost: $500)
Where will the sessions take place?
Our next cohort will take place in the late spring at a location to be determined. Please check back for more details in the coming months.
How many individuals are accepted into each cohort?
To promote the best learning experience, cohorts are limited to 10-16 individuals.
Who will facilitate the sessions?
CO.STARTERS certified facilitators are experienced business owners from our local community who guide participants through the program by asking the right questions, drawing on the knowledge in the room, and using available resources and connections in the community to point participants in the right direction.
Next CO.STARTERS cohort begins May 2023!
Applications will open in early March