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CO.STARTERS Core

Accelerate Your Business in this 10 Week Resource-Rich Training and Mentorship Program

Go Kite Programs

CO.STARTERS Core

Accelerate Your Business in this 10 Week Resource-Rich Training and Mentorship Program

What to Expect

Insights, connections, resources, and tools to help you build a thriving sustainable business.

Session 1

Knowing Yourself: Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles

Session 2

Knowing Your Customer: Customer, Problem, Alternatives, Idea Testing

Session 3

Finding The Right Solution: Solution, Benefit, Advantage, Starting Small, Brand Identity

Session 4

Getting the Relationship Right: Marketing & Message; Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers

Session 5

Building Blocks: Distribution, Revenue, Typical Offering, Price

Session 6

Structures & Systems: Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring

Session 7

Discovering the Bottom Line: Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Even Point

Session 8

Financial Modeling: Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Raising Capita

Session 9

Planning For Growth: Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Storytelling

Session 10

Sharing Your Story: Community Celebration

The Benefits

Mentorship from some of Denver’s top entrepreneurs

Pitch refinement and the platform to share your business with a large community

Pro bono legal assistance

Joining Denver’s CO.STARTERS alumni network with over 150+ successful business owners

A community of entrepreneurs to lean on

Professional headshots

Professionally filmed pitch video

You’ll learn the structure of starting a business that you can use for future endeavors

What’s My Commitment?

Here is the inside scoop on what you commit to when you join this program.

10 Sessions

Attend all 10 sessions. More than 2 absences may result in disqualification.

Develop

Develop your Business Model Canvas, a strategic tool to manage your business model.

Support

Support fellow participants in troubleshooting and challenging their assumptions.

Participate

Participate actively in facilitated group discussions. Engage guest speakers, challenge your assumptions and talk to potential customers.

Fieldwork

Complete “fieldwork” between sessions to develop your plans.

Special Circumstances

If special circumstances may prevent or limit your attendance, please let us know. We try our best to accommodate needs due to transportation, childcare and “day jobs.”

CERTIFIED FACILITATORS

Trusted volunteer business leaders from the community and CO.Starters alumni are certified to co-facilitate the program.

PROGRAM COST

Application Fee: Free

Standard Tuition: $350, includes facilitation, guest speakers, materials and refreshments.

*This nationally-recognized program normally costs $1,500 for each participant. However, The Commons mission is to offer programming, resources and the necessary tools to start and grow a business at little to no cost to further break down barriers, making entrepreneurship accessible to everyone. With the support of grants and sponsorships, we are able to heavily subsidize this program.

Tuition Assistance: Full or partial assistance available by request and based on financial need for applicants accepted for the program. If accepted and committed into the program with financial assistance, you are responsible for paying a minimum of $225 to cover the cost of materials budgeted for your spot in the program.

PROGRAM DATES

CO.STARTERS at The Commons is offered throughout the year. Classes are held virtually every Wednesday night for 10 weeks from 5:45pm to 9:00pm. The application is always open. If you’d like more information before applying, contact [email protected] to learn more.

Get Involved In Co.Starters

Become a Facilitator

Volunteers with business experience and a passion for helping others guide participants through the program.

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Mentors & Expert Speakers

Experienced entrepreneurs and service providers contribute insights and feedback in each session.

Become a Mentor

Sponsor CO.Starters

This is no ordinary program. Philanthropic support helps to make it available to everyone.

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