What is CO.STARTERS?
CO.STARTERS is an 9-week facilitator-led course, offered once a week for three hours. The cohort based program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor!
Free Discovery session for tech related businesses
Access to Innovation Center events & networking opportunities
Receive TWO months free coworking at the Innovation Center upon graduation ($150 value)
Cost: $275* Scholarships are available
*The Innovation Center has received funding from Creative Pinellas for scholarships to fund participants in CO.STARTERS. Scholarships are open to aspiring artists and art and arts-related organizations within Pinellas County.
Spring Course 2019
Chris Paradies, President of Paradies Law, P.A.
APPLICATIONS DUE: May 14, 2019
CLASSES RUN: May 23 - August 1, 2019, 6pm – 9 pm
LOCATION: 501 1st Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
You will develop and fine-tune your business idea, receiving constructive feedback from peers, advisors, and potential customers. By updating your approach based on real-time feedback you will be able to pivot or move forward. The nine-week course curriculum is taught by Chris Paradies, President of Paradies Law, P.A. and includes:
Week 1 : Knowing Yourself
Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles
Week 2 : Knowing Your Customer
Problem, Solution, Benefit, Competition, Advantage, Customer
Week 3 : Getting the Relationship Right
Marketing & Message, Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers
Week 4 : Building the Model to Scale
Starting Small, Distribution, Revenue, Typical Sale, Price
Week 5 : Strengthening Your Structure
Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring
Week 6 : Discovering the Bottom Line
Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed/Variable Costs, Break-Even Point
Week 7 : Accounting for Growth
Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Accounting
Week 8 : Planning for the Future
Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, & Pitch Prep
Week 9: CELEBRATION NIGHT
Sharing your story.