Co.Starters Graduation Night

Co.Starters celebrate new entrepreneurs

Inspiring business pitches marked the recent graduation night for the participants of Development West Coast’s (DWC) Co.Starters programme.

Delivered in Greymouth by WestREAP, Co.Starters is a nine-week business start-up and development programme that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights and tools needed to turn business ideas into action.

The cohort of 13 participants was facilitated by Layla Dowthwaite and Philip Dittmer, along with weekly guest speakers from the local business community.

DWC event co-ordinator Rachel Doolan said the level of community support for the programme was impressive.

“It’s fantastic to see members of the Greymouth business community giving their time to come and share knowledge and inspiration with these budding entrepreneurs.”

The graduation night saw each participant give a short pitch about their business. At the end of the night the audience were asked to vote for the ‘best pitch’. Jan Fraser took home this award with her business Lomah Felt.

“At Lomah Felt I am in the business of functional, wearable art. I turn raw wool and silk into felted woollen garments, boots and accessories,” Jan said.

“Co-Starters has been an invaluable stepping stone in realising a dream can become a viable business by giving me insights into knowing my customers, the ins and outs of running a business and the confidence to take that next step.”