If you’re an aspiring or seasoned entrepreneur, looking to launch a new product or service, the CO.STARTERS business programme is for you!
CO.STARTERS is a weekly course designed to help you find the best approach to starting and growing a business. Collaborate with others who share your entrepreneurial spirit as you work through your business model.
The nine-week program will equip you with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn your ideas into a sustainable and thriving endeavour.
CO.STARTERS programmes have run successfully in collaboration with BullerREAP and WestREAP in Westport, Karamea, Greymouth and Hokitika with great results. Graduates of the programme have gone on to do inspiring things across the Coast.
Each week the cohort will work through a theme/topic together, with local entrepreneurs and professional coming as guest speakers to share their knowledge and inspiring stories.
Week 1: Knowing Yourself
- Assumptions, Canvas, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles
Week 2: Knowing Your Customer
- Customer, Problem, Alternatives, Solution, Benefit, Advantage
Week 3: Getting the Relationship Right
- Marketing & Message, Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers
Week 4: Building the Model to Scale
- Starting Small, Distribution, Revenue, Typical Sale, Price
Week 5: Strengthening Your Structure
- Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring
Week 6: Discovering Your Bottom Line
Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Breaking Even
Week 7: Accounting for Growth
- Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Accounting
Week 8: Planning for the Future
- Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Pitch Prep
Week 9: Celebration Night / Sharing Your Story
CO.STARTERS | 9 Week Programme | 3.5 hours a week | $250
CO.STARTERS is a nine-week 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 endeavour. This program is based on the Business Model Canvas incorporating Lean Start-Up methodology which has been used by highly successful entrepreneurs and corporations around the world, such as Microsoft, Intel, Xerox, NASA and 3M. CO.STARTERS utilises and develops locally based facilitators and mentors, while bringing in expert guest speakers for inspiration and guidance.
The CO.STARTERS program was developed in Chattanooga, TN, USA by Enoch Elwell, a co-founder of The Company Lab business/enterprise hub, which has played a key role in the revitalisation of Chattanooga. It was developed as a means to empower community leaders in assisting aspiring entrepreneurs, start-up’s and existing small business owners/managers in developing their businesses.
Meet some West Coast Co.Starters graduates: