Unsure of what to do next with your business idea?

CO.STARTERS is a program designed to provide entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn your idea into action and your passion into a sustainable and thriving business.

Thanks to a generous contribution from Amplify Louisville and Citation Labs, we are able to offer 10 full scholarships* to the Fall 2020 Cohort.

This is an amazing opportunity for Louisville entrepreneurs looking to launch a business in the near future but also for current business owners seeking fresh perspective or re-evaluating their business model.

Villepreneurs is proud to be part of the CO.STARTERS® network. Learn more at costarters.co.

Sessions

What’s covered…

During the CO.STARTERS Core program, participants develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining every part and determining next steps through real-time feedback from people in the community. Over a series of sessions, we’ll cover the following topics.

Knowing Yourself

  • Assumptions
  • Canvas
  • Working Styles
  • Team Building
  • Obstacles

Knowing Your Customer

  • Customer
  • Problem
  • Alternatives
  • Solution
  • Benefit
  • Advantage

Getting the Relationship Right

  • Marketing & Message
  • Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers

Building the Model to Scale

  • Starting Small
  • Distribution
  • Revenue
  • Typical Sale
  • Price

Strengthening Your Structure

  • Business Structures
  • Legal Considerations

Discovering Your Bottom Line

  • Startup & Ongoing Needs
  • Fixed & Variable Costs
  • Breaking Even

Accounting for Growth

  • Break-Even Point
  • Sales Projections
  • Cash Flow
  • Accounting

Planning for the Future

  • Raising Capital
  • Growth Plans
  • Goal Setting
  • Pitch Prep

Celebration Night

CO.STARTERS Core Louisville kY

Collaborative Cohort

Groups of 10–16 entrepreneurs meet together for nine weeks, meeting virtually via Zoom one evening a week for 2.5 hours, led by a CO.STARTERS-trained facilitator.

Facilitated, Not Taught

Facilitated, Not Taught

CO.STARTERS facilitators are experienced business owners from the community who guide participants through the program by asking the right questions, drawing on the knowledge in the room, and using available resources and connections in the community to point starters in the right direction.
Local Context

Local Context

In addition to exploring different topics each session, guest speakers are also brought in weekly to enrich the conversation and help participants learn from the experience of others in the community.

What will you learn?

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FAQs

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

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, or a seasoned entrepreneur looking to launch a new product or service, CO.STARTERS is for you. The only real prerequisites are (1) having an idea you’re ready, willing, and excited to share and pursue and (2) a willingness to study, shape and fine-tune that idea in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment. If you’re creative and community-minded, and you’re serious about turning your passion into a sustainable business, we want you to participate.

Each session meets once a week for 2.5 hours. Each participant will be challenged to talk to customers—or potential customers—each week, as it is a critical element of building a business.

We understand that life happens and things can come up over the course of the program. If you miss a session, you can schedule a time to make it up at a later date.

The Fall 2020 CO.STARTERS Cohort is only $25 per participant thanks to a generous sponsorship by Amplify Louisville and Citation Labs. Typically, the program currently costs a flat fee of $550 for each participant representing a business. The cost for a business partner to join the initial participant is $150. Fees for the program go towards paying the facilitator, class materials, and a copy of the CO.STARTERS binder that will be yours to keep.

Thanks to a generous donation by Amplify Louisville and Citation Labs, we are able to offer 10 full scholarships to this cohort! and

 

Starting October 7th

9 Weeks  
Wednesdays 6 – 9 PM

$550 $300
10 full scholarships available* 

Applications close September 29th

* Recipients of scholarship must pay $25 program fee.