When you take part in CO.STARTERS, you get:
· A deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, identifying whether or not an idea is good and how to change it to make it work
· The ability to articulate what your business does and how it works
· The next steps needed to move forward
· A community of peers, mentors, business services and a national network of support
COLLABORATION. CONNECTION. COMMUNITY.
Our online cohort is a combination of virtual and face to face. For those not based in the Waikato the entire course will be virtual, with the opportunity to celebrate at graduation night with everyone. For those in the Waikato, one hour per week will be face to face, while the rest is virtual and self-driven.
Our first online cohort is brought to you by our partner ASB Bank.
What will I learn?
The programme follows a set learning path where you will look at your business and ensure you understand your strengths, what your customer is looking for, how you might market to your customers and understand your revenue stream, business model options and costs amongst other options to help you refine your business ideas:
WEEK 1: Knowing Yourself: Assumptions, Canvas, Working styles, Team building, Obstacles
WEEK 2: Knowing Your Customer: Customer Problem, Alternatives, Solution, Benefit, Advantage
WEEK 3: Getting The Relationship Right: Marketing, Message, Getting, keeping & growing customers
WEEK 4: Building the Model to Scale: Starting small, Distribution, Revenue, Typical sale, Price
WEEK 5: Strengthening Your Structure: Business structures, Legal considerations
WEEK 6: Discovering Your Bottom Line: Startup & ongoing needs, Fixed & variable costs, Breaking even
WEEK 7: Accounting For Growth Break-even point, Sales projections, Cash flow, Accounting
WEEK 8: Planning For The Future Raising capital, Growth plans, Goal setting, Pitch prep
WEEK 9: Celebration Night/Sharing Your Story
What do you get out of this?
You don't know what you don't know. This programme will give you insights and tools to help you start your business and accelerate your business knowledge. One of the most powerful things you can do for yourself and your business is learn fast about your idea to give it the best chance of being successful. Too many new businesses fail and many from a lack of knowledge about their market or their business understanding.
Every week your facilitators will guide you through a specific topic and guest speakers, who have been where you are now, will tell you their stories and what they did. CO.STARTERS™ facilitators are experienced business owners from the community who guide participants through the program by asking the right questions, drawing on the knowledge in the room, and using available resources and connections in the community to point participants in the right direction.
You will need to commit to three hours every week for nine weeks and be prepared to put in some extra time outside of these hours. What you will get in return is a powerful support network and be ready to move forward with your ideas faster. These three hour sessions will be held from 5.30pm - 8.30pm one night each week.
Who should apply?
Small - medium business owners who need to work on the business vs in it
If you are new to business and need more knowledge
People who are launching or are planning to launch a new product or a service
People who want to be part of a structured program to support your first steps into starting a business
People who want to learn while developing your business idea and have access to people and resource to help your idea fly
When to apply:
Please register your interest for us to process and assess your application for our programme.
How much is my investment /cost?
We are looking for entrepreneurs and business owners to be active, engaged and invested in their own personal development and business success which is why we require that clients contribute a monetary contribution. Your investment is $1,200.00 (+GST) for the nine week programme.
We do have a limited number of scholarships to assist towards this investment in yourself and you may be eligible to apply. The scholarship will pay a small portion of the overall cost. Just let us know when you complete the expression of interest form.
Plans change. And if you can't make it for the whole workshop series, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given after this time.