CO.STARTERS 2022 Cohort #15

Creative Entrepreneurs

Transform a Passion to a Sustainable Business With STEAM powered by CO.STARTERS Cohort #15, a Ten-Week Program!

Creative Pinellas has teamed up again with the Tampa Bay Innovation Center to bring STEAM powered by CO.STARTERS Cohort #15 on Wednesday, July 6 from 6-9 PM for Creative Entrepreneurs in Pinellas County. The cohort will be held virtually on Zoom.

The program is available at NO COST to Pinellas County artists and arts related business persons upon application approval (regular cost is $375.)


Everything You Need to Get Started

  • The STEAM program is a 10-week facilitator-led program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the relationships, insights, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a thriving endeavor!
  • Guest speakers include seasoned entrepreneurs and professionals from key occupations
  • The program is available to Pinellas County artists and arts-related business people with no cost to qualified applicants (normally the cost is $375). Plus you can receive one month free co-working in Tampa Bay Innovation Center upon successful completion ($75 value).


Who’s it For?

If you’re an aspiring or a seasoned entrepreneur looking to launch a new product or service, this program 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?

The Innovation Center’s STEAM Program is based on the CO.STARTERS curriculum. It is a 10-week facilitator-led course, offered once a week for three hours. The cohort based program equips aspiring artists, creative and tech entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor!

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 ten-week course curriculum is taught by  Chris Paradies, President of Paradies Law, P.A.  and includes:

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

Recipients have been selected for this grant. Congratulations!

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