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!

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  • Course materials

  • 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*

  • The Innovation Center has received funding from Creative Pinellas to support artists, art organizations and arts-related organizations within Pinellas County to participate in CO.STARTERS at no cost.

Spring Course 2019 is at capacity please check our calendar for the Fall 2019 course

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Chris Paradies, President of Paradies Law, P.A.


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


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