OUR NETWORK

We are
grassroots leaders,
ecosystem builders,
business starters…

The CO.STARTERS network represents a diverse group of ecosystem builders supporting a wide range of starters.

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OUR MEMBERS

Our members can be found anywhere entrepreneurs need community, and communities need entrepreneurs.

Main Streets

Cities, towns, and rural areas working to revitalize local economies through small business growth and placemaking

Entrepreneur Hubs

Incubators and accelerators, local and regional networks, federal groups and agencies—places where founders seek mentoring and coaching

Creative Enterprises

Artist collectives, food incubators, maker spaces—wherever creative starters need practical skills to help make their passions sustainable

Local Libraries

Innovative neighborhood resource centers looking to help people find the tools and community they need to take the next step with their ideas

Coworking Spaces

Community work spaces wanting to provide support for their members to launch and grow successful ventures

Education Centers

From high schools, community colleges, and universities, to vocational, veterans, and reentry programs—where curriculum meets community

CASE STUDIES

Innovation as Equity: Innovate Springfield // Springfield, Illinois

“CO.STARTERS has been great for us to meet our community where it is. We were running our own program before, and members who found the old program frustrating had their lightbulbs go off when they went through CO.STARTERS.” -Sarah Beth Ayers, Business Incubation Program Coordinator at Innovate Springfield

OUR STARTERS

We are inspired every day by the stories of the entrepreneurs supported by CO.STARTERS members.

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...it is the power of this growing global community that is a wonderful strength and we want to be part of that!

Margaret Aspin, Brisbane, Australia

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

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

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

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

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