CO.STARTERS at The Commons

This nine-week program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving business.

WHAT TO EXPECT

CO.STARTERS is an action-driven, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded people. Led by a facilitator who is an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll identify your assumptions about why and how your businesses will work and then talk to customers in order to validate your ideas. This approach enables you to rapidly uncover flaws in your concept and find viable models more quickly. You’ll leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate your model, and repeat the process with your next great idea.

WHO'S IT FOR?

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, or a seasoned entrepreneur looking to launch a new product or service, CO.STARTERS is for you. The prerequisites are: having an idea you’re ready, willing, and excited to share and pursue, and a willingness to study, test and fine-tune that idea in a supportive and collaborative environment. If you’re community-minded and serious about turning your passion into a sustainable business, we want you. Potential participants must apply online to be considered.

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Our next cohort starts August 16, 2017. The application will be open until the deadline of July 17. The group size is limited. Each application will be carefully reviewed and selection will favor those most likely to benefit from the program and become sustainable businesses. Top applicants will be invited to a brief phone interview before the final selection is made.

Are you an entrepreneurial leader interested in getting involved as a Facilitator, Guest Speaker or Mentor? Let us know by submitting an interest form. Thanks!

CURRICULUM

WEEK 1

KNOWING YOURSELF

Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles

WEEK 2

KNOWING YOUR CUSTOMER

Problem, Solution, Benefit, Competition, Advantage, Customer

WEEK 3

GETTING THE RELATIONSHIP RIGHT

Marketing & Message; Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers

WEEK 4

BUILDING TO SCALE

Starting Small, Distribution, Revenue, Typical Sale, Price

WEEK 5

Strengthening Your Structure

Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring

WEEK 6

Discovering the Bottom Line

Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Event Point

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

COST OF PROGRAM

Thanks to a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, CO.STARTERS at The Commons costs a flat fee of $125 for the full nine weeks. This includes curriculum and meals. Scholarships and payment schedules are available by request.

Contact us at programs@thecommons.co