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 $100 (full cost: $500).

Where will the sessions take place?

Our next cohort will take place at The Hurt Hub@Davidson (210 Delburg Street, Davidson, NC 28036)

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.

Our Winter 2024 CO.STARTERS cohort is full. Please check back this summer to apply for our Fall 2024 cohort.