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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 Cohort 2 (Spring 2023) has closed.

  • 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 Monday 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 Spring 2023. 


    • January 13, 2023: Application period opens
    • February 6, 2023: Application period closes
    • Week of February 13, 2023: Cohort participants announced
    • February 20: First session begins (5:30 pm)

  • 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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