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About2018-10-31T12:09:18+00:00

Built for Communities, by a Community

CO.STARTERS helps communities build vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems by equipping them with the best tools and resources needed to support starters of all kinds. Building on our initial grassroots efforts with starters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, CO.STARTERS now has a global reach with thousands participating in our programs annually.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Invest in individuals.

We believe that people are what really matter, more than the ideas they bring. Regardless of what stage a starter is at in launching a business, CO.STARTERS will help them find the best way to pursue their dream.

Community first.

We believe that individuals thrive in the context of community. CO.STARTERS is about bringing people together to learn from one another in order to create a strong network of support for starters.

Keep it simple.

We believe that by making concepts and language easy to understand, we will help starters focus on the practical steps to launch, moving them quickly toward their goals.

Mission:

To equip local leaders, problem solvers, and starters with the best tools and resources to accelerate culture and empower communities

Vision:

To be the leader in creating and supporting thriving startup communities

Purpose:

To facilitate community through individual transformation

OUR VALUES

Inventive.

Creative. Adventurous. Undaunted.

We explore and iterate to find the best way forward.

Collaborative.

Organic. Engaging. Connected.

We ignite potential through the power of connection.

Dependable.

Honorable. Truthful. Responsible.

We build trust through our actions.

Accessible.

Simple. Understandable. Focused.

We believe simplicity is worth the effort.

People-centric.

Inclusive. Relational. Celebratory.

We affirm that every person matters.

Supportive.

Humble. Responsive. Helpful.

We listen and learn, reflect and respond.

Optimistic.

Hopeful. Passionate. Dedicated.

We aim for excellence and redeem our failures.

OUR STORY

Beginning in 2008 in Chattanooga, Tennessee as part of the CreateHere initiative, we recognized a growing need to provide business support to artists, creatives, and others who didn’t fit traditional models. In response, we adapted existing business planning resources to serve groups of people interested in launching or refining creative businesses. While providing this kind of business support was incredibly valuable, the connection and community resulting from the program was often the most beneficial aspect. Over the first four years, over 1,000 people went through the program. The work in Chattanooga then grew to support not only small local businesses, but also high-growth startups.

CO.STARTERS launched nationally in 2013, packaging the best of our learnings from years of small business support and melding it with the most effective high-growth startup methods used in business development today. CO.STARTERS currently serves communities all over the country and around the world, with thousands participating in the program annually.

Meet the CO.STARTERS Team

Enoch Elwell
Enoch ElwellCEO & Visionary
Jose Alfaro
Jose AlfaroVP Operations
Rebekah Marr
Rebekah MarrDirector of Programs & Operations
Tianna Weaver
Tianna WeaverDirector of Creative Experience
Will Joseph
Will JosephCOO and Ventures
Sheldon Grizzle
Sheldon GrizzleStrategic Partnerships
Molly King
Molly KingCommunity & Membership Support
David Hirsch
David HirschNew Memberships & Training Support
Farid Kheloco
Farid KhelocoOnline Engagement Strategy
Grace Newsome
Grace NewsomeDesign & Creative Support
Abi Ogle
Abi OgleMembership Support
Carrie Lawson
Carrie Lawson Program Support
Christy Barton
Christy Barton Operations & Sales Coordinator

Interested in joining our team?

Current Opportunities

Training Team

Dominik A’rdis

Director of Programs at Domi Station // Tallahassee, FL

Hal Bowling

Founder of Launch Chattanooga // Chattanooga, TN

Richard Chadderton

Founder of Concept Cube // Nelson, NZ

James Chapman

Founder of James Chapman Speaks // Detroit, MI

Natasha Barnes Delleca

Co-Founder of EPIC Westport // Westport, NZ

David Hirsch

Director of Family Ministry at St Stephens Episcopal Church // San Francisco, CA

Stu Minshew

Director of Operations at The Chalmers Center // Chattanooga, TN

David Nuttall

Founder of Artimaps // Huntsville, AL

Sabrina Nagel

Dot Connector for Entrepreneurship and Student Experience at Auckland University of Technology  // Auckland, NZ

Allen Woods

Founding Partner, Chief Vision Caster & Branding Gladiator at Mortar // Cincinnati, OH

OUR COLLABORATIONS

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