CO.STARTERS @ iSPI
CO.STARTERS is a ten-week cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action.
NEW FALL 2021 >> UIS students interested in earning an elective credit as a participant in the CO.STARTERS program this fall should contact Rob Weis in the Office of Engaged Learning for details at email@example.com.
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:
Having an idea.
Being willing to question, shape and fine-tune that idea.
Being willing to talk about the idea with others in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment.
What Do Participants Get?
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.
The ability to better articulate how their businesses work.
Defined next steps needed to move forward.
A community of peers and support.
the application period is now open for our Spring 2022 cohort, official dates TBD.
sessions run on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
knowing your customer
finding the right solution
getting the relationship right
building the model to scale
structure and systems
discovering the bottom line
planning for growth