Programs at The Commons


Accelerate Your Business in this 9-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: Problem, Solution, Benefit, Competition, Advantage

Session 3

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

Session 4

Building the Model to Scale: Starting Small, Distribution, Revenue, Sale & Pricing

Session 5

Strengthening Your Structure: Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring

Session 6

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

Session 7

Accounting for Growth: Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Accounting

Session 8

Planning for the Future: Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Storytelling

Session 9

Sharing Your Story: Community Celebration

Who Should Apply

Those who have started a business and are trying different things to find a model that works.
Those who know what works but are looking for support to scale or expand.

The Commitment


9 Sessions

Attend all 9 sessions. More than 2 absences may result in disqualification.



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



Support fellow participants in troubleshooting and challenging their assumptions.



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



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.”

Meet Our Grads

Leontyne Ashmore | Founder

Leontyne Ashmore founded a line of fashionable minimalist footwear. She joined Co.Starters to prepare to launch Lisbeth Joe. The support helped her to exceed her crowdfunding goal by 3x.

Meet Our Grads

Anthony Lygoizos | Founder

Anthony Lygoizos transitioned from restaurant professional to co-found Leven Deli Co in the central art district. While working to secure a location, he leveraged CO.Starters to refine his market strategy. Leven was named Denver’s “Best Sandwich Shop” in 2019.

Meet Our Grads

Delanie Holton | Founder

Delanie Holton worked in school art programs before opening Craftsman & Apprentice, a neighborhood craft and workshop. She turned to CO.Starters for support in launching a line of project kits. Yelp now lists Craftsman & Apprentice as one of the Top 10 DIY businesses in the U.S.

Certified Facilitators

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


Ira Coleman

CO.Starters Alum & Founder of Button & Zipper


Kerby Meyers

Principal, The Communications Refinery


Olivia Omega Wallace

Branding Strategist & Co-Founder, Wallace Marketing Group

Program Cost

Application Fee: Free

Standard Tuition: $250, includes facilitation, guest speakers, materials and refreshments.

Tuition Assistance: Full or partial assistance available by request and based on financial need for applicants accepted for the program.

Program Dates

CO.Starters at The Commons is offered throughout the year.

Upcoming Start Dates
October 16, 2019
2020 Dates Coming Soon!

Start Your Application

The application is always open. If you’d like more information before applying, contact us to meet with staff, facilitators or alumni.

Join our Startup Space Hub

A digital community sharing local insights and resources.

Get Involved in Co.Starters

Become a Facilitator

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

Mentors & Expert Speakers

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

Sponsor CO.Starters

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

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1245 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80204

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