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12 Days of Starters: Give the Gift of Small

Celebrate 12 Days of Starters, Nov. 24 through Dec. 5 CO.STARTERS celebrates starters this holiday season by urging everyone to shop small! Give the gift of small and shop local anywhere from the convenience of your couch while you leverage your holiday gift purchases to support starters and the communities they—and you!—call home. Starting [...]

2019-07-09T09:45:48-04:00November 23rd, 2018|

Matchmaking for Ecosystem Builders

These days, CO.STARTERS is bubbling with new projects. We’re in the midst of a long-term shift from primarily supporting starters through programs to a broader mission of cultivating entrepreneurial ecosystems by connecting and empowering community builders with a wider spectrum of support. Ecosystems are the ground in which starters grow and are, in turn, shaped [...]

2019-07-09T09:45:48-04:00October 25th, 2018|

The Making of a Marketplace

By David Kraus For the past two years, CO.STARTERS has had the privilege of collaborating with the Kauffman Foundation in the launch of the ESHIP Summit—a place for entrepreneurs, resource providers, and ecosystem builders to come together and share ideas, including the various resources they use to support their communities. The first ESHIP gathering in [...]

2019-07-09T09:45:48-04:00August 29th, 2018|

Supporting Our Alumni

By David Kraus Though the CO.STARTERS flagship program primarily helps entrepreneurs in the initial launch of their businesses, we recognized that alumni often need help navigating the challenges they face after graduating from the program. To this end, we are thrilled to announce two new alumni-focused initiatives. Good Startups Breakthrough Program The first of these [...]

2019-07-09T09:45:48-04:00July 23rd, 2018|

CO.STARTERS Sparks Connection Across New Zealand

By David Kraus It all started in October, 2013 when Chorus, a New Zealand telecommunications company, launched a competition. Dubbed “Gigatown” as a nod to Chattanooga’s “Gig City” moniker, the competition challenged New Zealand cities to realize the potential of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) technology for renewing the methods of New Zealand’s education and business [...]

2019-07-09T09:45:48-04:00June 26th, 2018|

Engaging Community Partners

By David Kraus Supporting a community of entrepreneurs is no small task, which is why it can be helpful—and necessary—to bring others on board in your effort. In our May Community Call, we wanted to highlight the benefits, necessities, and pitfalls of engaging in partnerships with outside organizations. Two CO.STARTERS community leaders, Jackie Albright and [...]

2019-07-09T09:45:48-04:00May 21st, 2018|

Sharing the CO.STARTERS Way with the Startup Champions Network

We believe that the work we do as the CO.STARTERS community goes much deeper than increasing the success of local businesses. As we work together with local starters, community leaders, governments, institutions, and state and national decision-makers, we have the opportunity to reframe the narrative regarding the role of business in society. Across the CO.STARTERS [...]

2018-05-03T15:54:51-04:00April 30th, 2018|


By David Kraus From its very inception, CO.STARTERS’ mission has been to help local grassroots leaders become more effective in their work for their communities. As we’ve pursued this mission, we’ve had the privilege to cultivate and foster an incredible community of like-minded individuals and organizations dedicated to improving their communities through entrepreneurship. Although we [...]

2019-07-30T03:20:11-04:00March 27th, 2018|

Looking Back and Looking Forward

By David Kraus At CO.STARTERS, we believe that reflecting on the past is one of the most effective ways to ensure future success. With this in mind, we spent our January community call listening to members from around the globe recount their 2017 success stories. From Denver, Colorado to Auckland, New Zealand, CO.STARTERS supported [...]

2019-07-30T03:26:51-04:00January 22nd, 2018|