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     is an accelerator program designed to provide you with the insights, relationships, and tools to turn your idea into action and a sustainable business. 

    This 10-week program will help your venture gain momentum—regardless of what you're trying to start or where you are in the process. If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, or a seasoned entrepreneur looking to launch a new product or service, CO.STARTERS is for you. The one requirement is that you have a concept you are ready to test and willing to study, shape and fine-tune in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment. If you’re creative, community-minded, and serious about turning your passion into a thriving business, we want you.

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    The application period for our 2022 cohort closed on August 25, 2022. 

    Check back for information on our next cohort being hosted Spring 2023. 


  • Program Details

    During CO.STARTERS, you’ll develop and fine-tune your idea, critically examining every part of it and plan your next steps through feedback from people in the community. The program is facilitated by active local entrepreneurs, and guest speakers include specialists and professionals from Brookings leading marketing, branding, legal and finance agencies, as well as other entrepreneurs. The course consists of ten sessions; the last session will be a Startup Pitch Night featuring cohort members. All sessions will take place at Research Park (2301 Research Park Way, Brookings) besides the final session, with a venue still yet to be determined. During these sessions, the following topics will be covered:

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  • Program Timeline

    The CO.STARTERS program is a 10-week long cohort process. Participants will partake in a 3-hour course each Tuesday night from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Sessions are led by local certified CO.STARTERS facilitators. Below is a timeline for the first cohort taking place Fall 2022. 


    • July 28, 2022: Application period opens
    • August 25, 2022: Application period closes
    • Week of September 5, 2022: Cohort participants announced
    • Tuesday, September 20, 2022: First 10-week cohort begins

  • Pricing: FREE! 

    The CO.STARTERS business accelerator program is currently supported through the Community Navigator Pilot Program grant, powered by the Small Business Administration. The current price of the program is free, but interested participants can learn more about the value here.



    Reach out to Carrie Kuhl at carrie@upframecreative.com.



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