CO.STARTERS Westport - Expressions of Interest now open!

CO.STARTERS is a nine week business start-up and development programme that equips aspiring rentrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and a passion into a sustainable and thriving business. 

CO.STARTERS programmes have run successfully across the West Coast in Westport, Karamea, Greymouth and Hokitika with great results. Graduates of the programme have gone on to do inspiring things across the Coast and include Grounded Garden Services, Wash Rite West Coast, Ross Beach Top 10 Holiday Park, West Coast Scenic Waterways, Hopaholics Brewery, Wavewise, Logic Street Scene, Hauora Coaching and Hannah Fitzgibbon Facilitation.

Each week the cohort will work through a theme/topic together, with local entrepreneurs and professionals coming as guest speakers to share their knowledge and inspiring stories.

Course Schedule

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: Pitch Night / Sharing Your Story


  • Tuesday, 18 May 2021

  • Tuesday, 25 May 2021

  • Tuesday, 1 June 2021

  • Tuesday, 8 June 2021

  • Tuesday, 15 June 2021

  • Tuesday, 22 June 2021

  • Tuesday, 29 June 2021

  • Tuesday, 6 July 2021

  • Tuesday, 13 July 2021 - Celebration/Pitch Night

  • Please note, these course dates are listed as a guideline and not yet confirmed.

Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: EPIC Westport - 10A Lyndhurst, Westport
Cost: $250 + GST
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