CO.STARTERS is a program designed to provide you with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn your idea into action and your passion into a sustainable and thriving business.
We now serve Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea + Sequatchie Counties!
CO.STARTERS is designed to bring you results within a collaborative environment.
Led by an experienced founder, you’ll explore how your businesses will operate, then test your ideas with potential customers.
We have 2 programs:
10-week virtual program that gives aspiring entrepreneurs a deep-dive into the process of launching a business.
Our first 2023 program will run from April-May. Our second program will run from July-August.
Participation fee: $150
2-day intensive program for founders who need a middle ground between a short workshop and a longer program.
Our first 2023 bootcamp will run from March 3-4, and the second will run from March 24-25.
Participation fee: $75
By helping me create my business plan, define my target audience, and understand the importance of marketing, CO.STARTERS demystified the process of entrepreneurship and ensured that I got off on the right foot.
- Dana Shavin, The Howl
Maria Fuentes came to CO.STARTERS seeking guidance on how to run her family’s business. She felt that she had the business instinct, but lacked self-assurance.
By the end of the program, Maria achieved a new level of confidence in her ability to run the business.
Kelsey Vasileff went through CO.STARTERS in 2013 to launch the city’s first all-natural, cold-pressed organic juice bar, Southern Squeeze.
Since launch, the company has built a culture around health in Chattanooga and has expanded to two locations downtown.
In 2016, Michael Rice came to CO.STARTERS after a successful Kickstarter campaign that allowed him to purchase the necessary equipment for coffee roasting.
Fast-forward a few years later: Michael opened a coffee roasting company in Chattanooga that employs refugees called Mad Priest Coffee.
John-Michael joined CO.STARTERS to learn the business, marketing, and finance principles needed to turn his art into a business.
The program challenged his assumptions, changing his approach in many ways.
CO.STARTERS gave him the confidence he needed to turn his pottery into a profitable venture.