Selected participants will be guided through the national CO.STARTERS Core curriculum by two trained facilitators over the course of ten weeks. Throughout the program, participants develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining every part of their business plan to determine next steps.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Knowing Yourself — Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles
Knowing Your Customer — Customer, Problem, Alternatives, Idea Testing
Finding the Right Solution — Solution, Benefit, Advantage, Starting Small, Brand Identity
Getting the Relationship Right — Marketing & Message; Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers
Building Blocks — Distribution, Revenue, Typical Offering, Price
Structures & Systems — Legal & Accounting Considerations
Discovering the Bottom Line — Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Even Point
Financial Modeling — Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Raising Capital
Planning for Growth — Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Celebration Prep
Community Pitch Night Celebration!
Where Entrepreneurial Experts
and Dedicated Doers Meet
In addition to exploring different topics, guest speakers are also brought in weekly to enrich the conversation and help participants learn from the experience of others in the community.
The Starter Track is open to anyone looking to turn their idea or passion into a sustainable and thriving business.
Applicants interested in the Starter Track must meet the following requirements:
Have a business or an idea for a business
Be willing to question, shape and fine-tune your business idea
Be willing to talk about your business with others
The CO.STARTERS Core program is valued at $1,500, with participants seats heavily subsidized by the Downtown Denver Partnership and its community supporters.
Participants are responsible for paying a $350 fee at the start of the program. Fees will cover program materials and a professionally filmed copy of their business pitch.
Popup Denver provides three scholarships per cohort for retail-based participants. Financial aid is also available.