Transform a Passion to a Sustainable Business With the CO.STARTERS Ten-Week Program!
Creative Pinellas has teamed up again with the Tampa Bay Innovation Center to bring CO.STARTERS Cohort #14 to Creative Entrepreneurs in Pinellas County starting on February 23 from 6-9pm. The cohort will be held at 501 1st. Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL. The program is available at NO COST to Pinellas County artists and arts related business persons upon application approval (regular cost is $375.)
CO.STARTERS is a ten-week program that equips creative entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas and passion into actions and a sustainable and thriving business as an artist/creator. The curriculum is lead by an excellent facilitator, Chris Paradies, President of Paradies Law, P.A. who is also an intellectual property lawyer, and concretely helps participants develop in all areas in the program.
Free Discovery session for tech related businesses
Access to Innovation Center events & networking opportunities
One month free co-working in Tampa Bay Innovation Center upon successful completion -$75 value.
Masks are required and we will be practicing social distancing indoors. Masks will be available.
Who’s it For?
If you’re an aspiring or a seasoned entrepreneur looking to launch a new product or service, CO.STARTERS is for you! Register today if you have an idea you’re ready, willing, and excited to share and pursue and a willingness to study, shape and fine-tune that idea in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment. If you’re creative and community-minded, and you’re serious about turning your passion into a sustainable business, we want you.
What to Expect?
CO.STARTERS is an action-driven, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded people. Led by a facilitator who is an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll identify your assumptions about why and how your businesses will work and then talk to customers in order to validate your ideas. This approach enables you to rapidly uncover flaws in your concept and find viable models more quickly. You’ll leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate your model, and repeat the process with your next great idea. For more information on the CO.STARTERS organization, visit https://tbinnovates.com/costarters.
Week 1 : Knowing Yourself
Introductions, 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 & Message; Getting, Keeping & Growing Customers
Week 5 : Building Blocks
Distribution, Revenue, Typical Offering, Price
Week 6 : Structure & Systems
Legal & Accounting Considerations
Week 7 : Discovering the Bottom Line
Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & 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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