CO.STARTERS is a nationally renowned business development platform to help communities grow local business, offered in Birmingham by Create Birmingham in partnership with REV Birmingham, with additional support from MAKEbhm. This ten-week program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. Unlike traditional platforms, CO.STARTERS applies the lean business modeling methods popular among high-growth startups to businesses of all kinds.
Ten weeks, and you are ready to turn your ideas into actions. Learn the ins and outs of how to start your business with CO.STARTERS, a program that equips current and aspiring creative entrepreneurs with the necessary tools for success. Participants enter into a facilitator-led, collaborative process with a small (12-16 people) and supportive group of like-minded peers. Working together, participants identify their assumptions about why and how their businesses will work, and then talk to current and potential customers in order to validate their ideas. This 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.
In addition, participants receive one on one time with the facilitators, support from CREATE Birmingham Staff and REV Birmingham Staff during and post graduation, membership to the alumni network, and access to the CO.STARTERS Funds and CO.STARTERS Loan Program.
How much does it cost?
The cost for the program is $450, plus a materials fee of $125. Each cohort meets once a week, for three hours. Financial assistance may be available; inquire when submitting your application.
There is a non-refundable $25 application fee that is applied to the program fee. This payment must be received before your application is accepted.
When does it start?
We will have three cohorts in 2017. Each cohort meets for ten weeks on Monday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm.
WINTER: January 23 – March 27
SPRING: April 3 – June 12 (Skipping a week for Memorial Day)
SUMMER: June 5 – August 14 (Skipping a week for Independence Day)
FALL: September 11 – November 13
CO.STARTERS is made possible through the generous support of The Caring Foundation of BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation, and IBERIABANK.