Better businesses start with better communities.
Find real-world strategies and practical tools to start and sustain small businesses.
Our community-based programs and trusted tools help any entrepreneur with an idea realize and sustain their dreams.
Our membership model helps grassroots leaders access the best solutions to support their local entrepreneurs.
Our partnerships with networks around the globe help us work smarter together for the greatest good.
BUSINESS LAUNCHING PROGRAM
ECOSYSTEM SKILLS MODEL
Community Roles in Ecosystem Building
ECOSYSTEM GROWTH MODEL
Stages of Community Growth
BUSINESS IDEA MAP
YOUTH IDEATION PROGRAM
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.
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.
CO.STARTERS has given us a platform for entrepreneurs to connect with one another, building community pride and resources for sustained growth.
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.
…the power of this growing global community…is a wonderful strength…
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.
STORIES + NEWS
“Our first pick is usually a local solution, but it’s so nice to have a quiver of national resources that click into place with local solutions, so thank goodness for CO.STARTERS.” -Brett Brenton, Senior Director of Learning Networks at Forward Cities
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When we invest in local entrepreneurs who are building the social fabric and community health of their region, we soar toward the economy we need and the future we all want.