Co.Starters Business Development Programme

Business start-up and development programme.

If you’re an aspiring or seasoned entrepreneur, looking to launch a new product or service, the CO.STARTERS business programme is for you!

CO.STARTERS is a weekly course designed to help you find the best approach to starting and growing a business. Collaborate with others who share your entrepreneurial spirit as you work through your business model.

The ten-week programme will equip you with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn your ideas into a sustainable and thriving endeavour.

CO.STARTERS programmes have run successfully across the West Coast in Westport, Karamea, Greymouth and Hokitika with great results. Graduates of the programme have gone on to do inspiring things across the Coast.

Each week the cohort will work through a theme/topic together, with local entrepreneurs and professionals coming as guest speakers to share their knowledge and inspiring stories.

Course Schedule

Week 1: Knowing Yourself

  • Introduction, assumptions, working styles, team building, obstacles.

Week 2: Knowing Your Customer

  • Customer, problem, alternatives, idea testing.

Week 3: Finding the Right Solution

  • Solution, benefit, advantage, starting small, brand identity.

Week 4: Getting the Relationship Right

  • Marketing and message; getting, keeping and growing customers.

Week 5: Building Blocks

  • Distribution, revenue, typical offering, price.

Week 6: Structures and Systems

  • Legal and accounting considerations.

Week 7: Discovering the Bottom Line

  • Startup and ongoing needs, fixed and variable costs, break-even point.

Week 8: Financial Modeling

  • Break-even point, sales projections, cash flow, raising capital.

Week 9: Planning for Growth

  • Growth plans, goal setting, celebration prep.

Week 10: Celebration

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CO.STARTERS | 10 Week Programme | 3 hours a week

Take advantage of this highly subsidised course and enquire today! For more information contact:

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CO.STARTERS is a ten-week cohort based program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavour. This program is based on the Business Model Canvas incorporating Lean Start-Up methodology which has been used by highly successful entrepreneurs and corporations around the world, such as Microsoft, Intel, Xerox, NASA and 3M. CO.STARTERS utilises and develops locally based facilitators and mentors, while bringing in expert guest speakers for inspiration and guidance.

The CO.STARTERS programme was developed in Chattanooga, TN, USA by Enoch Elwell, a co-founder of The Company Lab business/enterprise hub, which has played a key role in the revitalisation of Chattanooga. It was developed as a means to empower community leaders in assisting aspiring entrepreneurs, start-up’s and existing small business owners/managers in developing their businesses. 

If you want to develop an idea, refine your business or get involved in supporting the CO.STARTERS programme, contact:

CO.STARTERS graduates

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Sam & Wayne - Blackball Black Garlic

Anne-Marie - Wild For Knots

Dion - Waka Puna