start something


CO.STARTERS is a nine-week cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action.


CO.STARTERS Philosophy


Invest individuals >> We believe that people are what really matter, more than the ideas they bring to the program. Regardless of what stage you're at in launching your business, CO.STARTERS will help you find the best way to pursue your dream.


Community first >> We believe that individuals thrive in the context of community. CO.STARTERS is about bringing people together to learn from one another in order to create a strong network of support for starters.


Keep it simple >> We believe that by making concepts and language easy to understand, we will help starters focus on the practical steps to launch, moving them quickly toward their goals.

Ideal CO.STARTERS Participant


The best candidate for CO.STARTERS is either someone with a new idea for a business, or an existing business looking to become more sustainable, launch a new product or service, or scale. The only prerequisites are:

  1. Having an idea.

  2. Being willing to question, shape and fine-tune that idea.

  3. Being willing to talk about the idea with others in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment.

What Do Participants Get?


  1. A deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, i.e. a process for figuring out whether or not an idea is good and how to change it to make it work.

  2. The ability to better articulate how their businesses work.

  3. Defined next steps needed to move forward.

  4. A community of peers and support.

the application is now open for the Fall 2020 cohort.



sessions run on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM


September 2

knowing yourself


September 9

knowing your customer


September 16

getting the relationship right


September 23

building the model to scale


September 30

strengthening your structure


October 7

discovering the bottom line


October 14

accounting for growth


October 21

planning for the future


October 28

celebration night

the fine print.


Participation: Completing an application does not guarantee participation in the program. Applications will be scored and those accepted to the cohort will be notified no later than one week prior to the start date.


Cost: CO.STARTERS is free to Innovate Springfield members who complete the program and $200 to non-members. Innovate Springfield members who fail to complete the full 9-week program will be charged $200 for the cost of materials.

Interested in membership with Innovate Springfield? Click HERE to apply.