CO.STARTERS helps people that have an idea to figure out whether or not it is feasible. The 9-week experience teaches the mechanics of vetting an idea and then launching a business or new line of business. Once someone goes through the program, they’ll be better prepared to take advantage of all of the services that exist to help them here in Erie County and northwest PA. Participants also will have grown their network of contacts and peers to work with. Entrepreneurs that experience CO.STARTERS are typically more successful in businesses than those who have not.
More importantly, CO.STARTERS is a fun way to engage other early-stage business owners and learn from the community’s collective experience in a supportive environment.
Our goal is to address an important early stage gap in entrepreneurial support that will help better prepare early stage entrepreneurs to utilize economic development resources throughout the community.
Currently, facilitators are not being paid to delivery CO.STARTERS. Facilitators and partners are volunteering time to deliver CO.STARTERS to the Erie community.
With that being said, CO.STARTERS can’t guarantee entrepreneurial success, fame, fortune, or riches. However, we believe you’ll leave the program with supportive relationships and a clear understanding of how to evaluate the potential of launching a new business and how to access additional entrepreneurial resources in our community.
The CO.STARTERS program can help anyone exploring a new idea or passion, someone close to starting up, or even an experienced business owner looking to grow, expand, or implement a new idea/program/product. The skills, insights, and relationships learned and built over the 9 weeks will become invaluable tools for present and future business ownership, product management, or social entrepreneurship.