DWC’s Co.Starters business start-up and development programme is set to begin in Greymouth on 22 September.

The 9-week course is designed to help you find the best approach to starting and growing a business and collaborate with others who share your entrepreneurial spirit as you work through your business model.

Hannah Fitzgibbon attended the previous programme in Greymouth.

"Co.Starters is such an incredible opportunity. It helped me learn a process to work through business ideas eventually leading me to build Hannah Fitzgibbon Facilitation.
"I gained valuable connections, heard stories from business owners in the community and built the belief that running a business was possible for me too. My first clients even came from Co.Starters connections. My business wouldn't be here without the support of this program," she said.

Pana Leontiadu from Wavewise attended the programme in Westport.

“Co.Starters was so helpful in bringing Wavewise to life. The idea was in my head, but I was unsure about how to make my surf therapy programme happen. I didn't know about legal structures to start a social enterprise, how the financial side of things worked and what it takes to present a good pitch to get more support.

"Co.Starters is a great programme, I absolutely recommend it to everyone," Pana said.

If you would like to start your own business, develop your existing business, or explore and develop an idea or project then the Co.Starters programme is for you.