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CO.STARTERS powers vibrant communities by equipping starters and leaders with the strategy, tools, and relationships needed to thrive.


Together, the CO.STARTERS network is transforming people and businesses one community at a time.

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CO.STARTERS works at the intersection of economic and community development to connect local leaders and starters with global networks and resources.

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How We Help

Tools for launching

We help people with ideas turn their dreams into reality and grow successful businesses.

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Strategies for growth

We help grassroots leaders find the best solutions to support starters and build local ecosystems.

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Power in collaboration

We help networks around the globe find ways to work smarter together for the greatest good.

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CO.STARTERS is a growing network of ecosystem builders supporting a wide variety of entrepreneurs.

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Who We Are
CO.STARTERS is helping immensely in building the community of entrepreneurs in Erie. The relationships that come out of this experience for each participant are very valuable, from their peers in the cohort to the service providers and the subject matter experts that share with them each week.
Beth Zimmer, Erie, Pennsylvania
Bringing CO.STARTERS to La Crosse has brought new energy and excitement to the startup ecosystem in our community and it has allowed a bunch of entrepreneurs to gain access to cutting-edge effective material in a universally understandable format.
Andrew Londre, La Crosse, Wisconsin

CO.STARTERS has given us a platform for entrepreneurs to connect with one another, building community pride and resources for sustained growth.

Anna Bentson, Lynchburg, Virginia

I could not have imagined a more beneficial and seamless fit with our mission of creative industries support than the CO.STARTERS curriculum. It feels tailor-made for our constituents.

Buddy Palmer, Birmingham, Alabama
…the power of this growing global community…is a wonderful strength…
Margaret Aspin, Brisbane, Australia

CO.STARTERS brings, not only a practical, lean startup curriculum, in plain English, but a true community development vehicle that brings together the whole community…to help aspiring entrepreneurs validate their ideas and get started.

Antonio Montoya, Huntsville, Alabama

We are pioneers.

CO.STARTERS has been pioneering a community-based approach to economic development since 2008.

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October 22 - October 25