What to Expect
Insights, connections, resources, and tools to help you build a thriving sustainable business.
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: Business Structures, Licenses, IP, Hiring
Financial Modeling: Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Raising Capita
Planning For Growth: Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Storytelling
Who Should Apply
Attend all 10 sessions. More than 2 absences may result in disqualification.
Develop your Business Model Canvas, a strategic tool to manage your business model.
Support fellow participants in troubleshooting and challenging their assumptions.
Participate actively in facilitated group discussions. Engage guest speakers, challenge your assumptions and talk to potential customers.
Complete “fieldwork” between sessions to develop your plans.
If special circumstances may prevent or limit your attendance, please let us know. We try our best to accommodate needs due to transportation, childcare and “day jobs.”
Mentorship from some of Denver’s top entrepreneurs
Pitch refinement and the platform to share your business with a large community
Pro bono legal assistance
Joining Denver’s CO.STARTERS alumni network with over 150+ successful business owners
A community of entrepreneurs to lean on
Professionally filmed pitch video
You’ll learn the structure of starting a business that you can use for future endeavors
Trusted volunteer business leaders from the community and CO.Starters alumni are certified to co-facilitate the program.
Application Fee: Free
Standard Tuition: $350, includes facilitation, guest speakers, materials and refreshments.
*This nationally-recognized program normally costs $1,500 for each participant. However, The Commons mission is to offer programming, resources and the necessary tools to start and grow a business at little to no cost to further break down barriers, making entrepreneurship accessible to everyone. With the support of grants and sponsorships, we are able to heavily subsidize this program.
Tuition Assistance: Full or partial assistance available by request and based on financial need for applicants accepted for the program. If accepted and committed into the program with financial assistance, you are responsible for paying a minimum of $225 to cover the cost of materials budgeted for your spot in the program.
CO.STARTERS at The Commons is offered throughout the year. Classes are every Wednesday night for 10-weeks from 5:45pm to 9:00pm. The application is always open. If you’d like more information before applying, contact us to meet with staff, facilitators or alumni.
Currently CO.STARTERS is held with 2 sessions in person and the rest virtually via Zoom.
Application Deadline: May 28
Notification Date: June 2
- Session # 1 – June 30
- Session # 2 – July 7
- Session # 3 – July 14
- Session # 4 – July 21
- Session # 5 – July 28
- Session # 6 – August 4
- Session # 7 – August 11
- Session # 8 – August 18
- Session # 9 – August 25
- Celebration – September 1
Application Deadline: September 8
Notification Date: September 22
- Session # 1 – October 20
- Session # 2 – October 27
- Session # 3 – November 3
- Session # 4 – November 10
- Session # 5 – November 17
- Session # 6 – November 24
- Session # 7 – December 1
- Session # 8 – December 8
- Session # 9 – December 15
- Celebration – December 22
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