What is CO.STARTERS?
CO.STARTERS Core is a ten-week, cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action.
Who is CO.STARTERS for?
You! The only real prerequisites to joining the program are
How does it work?
Participants enter into a facilitator-led, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of 10-15 like-minded peers. Brandon Hennessey and Katherine Beale of the Longwood SBDC are our current facilitators. Working together, participants develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining every part and determining next steps through real-time feedback from people in the community, using a simplified version of the Business Model Canvas.
What are the benefits?
The CO.STARTERS 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.
The fee for the program is $500 per person which includes the ten week training and all course materials. Scholarships and sliding scale fees are available to subsidize this cost, so please do not let the program fee keep you from applying. Applicants have the opportunity to indicate their need for a scholarship or sliding scale fees on the application.
An online application is required to participate in the program. Once you apply, we will follow up with you with any questions we have and we’ll let you know if you are accepted into the program by two weeks before the program start date.
Our CO.STARTERS Get Started Workshops and 10 Week Cohorts will be delivered in a virtual format, using Zoom. Participants will need access to high speed internet and a personal device (ex. computer or tablet) with the ability to share video. The ability to share video and view the speaker’s shared screen is critical to getting the most out of this program.
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Southern Virginia Region – Starts Fall 2021
Our first regional, virtual cohort is tentatively slated to begin in August or September 2021, and will be open to anyone in Southern Virginia who wants to start or grow a business in our region. Early applications are being accepted. This 10 week cohort will be delivered in a virtual format, using Zoom. Participants will need access to high speed internet and a personal device (ex. computer or tablet) with the ability to share video. The ability to share video and view the speaker’s shared screen is critical to getting the most out of this program.