In this more in-depth extension of our BIZ 1.0 Workshop Series, this ten-week program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action.
What is CO.STARTERS?
CO.STARTERS is a platform to help communities grow local business. Participants enter into a facilitator-led, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded peers. Working together, participants identify their assumptions about why and how their businesses will work, and then talk to customers in order to validate their ideas. This approach enables entrepreneurs to rapidly uncover flaws in their concepts and find viable models more quickly. Participants leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate their models, and repeat the process with the next great idea.
What’s really great is that the entire process has been refined over a period of years. It was originally developed in Chattanooga, and 75% of businesses launched out of CO.STARTERS Chattanooga are still in operation today.
Here in Birmingham, we have seen 63% of graduates operating their business within a year of graduation, with more successes to come.
We hope you can join us for an upcoming CO.STARTERS!
FALL 2018: September 11 – November 13
WINTER A 2019: January 28 – April 1
WINTER B 2019: February 18 – April 22
SPRING 2019: April 8 – June 17 (skipping a week for Memorial Day)
FALL 2019: September 9 – November 18
Not quite ready to take that leap? Check out BIZ 1.0 Startup Essentials