Helping you Grow


What is Co.Starters?

Co.Starters is a nine week programme developed in the USA using the Lean Startup method.  The programme helps prospective and established entrepreneurs examine all aspects of their idea or existing business in a systematic, practical and critical way to set them up for success.  

Co.Starters is NOT a course with lectures, course notes and a certificate of completion. It is 'hands-on' – you will work on your idea with the help of a facilitator coaching you along the way.  You’ll receive access to world class tools and methodologies you can revisit and reuse.

Each Co.Starters 'cohort' will be open to 10 - 15 businesses looking to start or grow.  The cohort is where the true power lies:  you will share ideas, insights and networks to help each other succeed, both during and after the programme has ended. 





Drawing from the experience of successful entrepreneurs and startup veterans from around the globe, Co.Starters walks startups and small-business owners through lean, effective business modeling methods in a simple and intuitive way, and with the help of a supportive community. 

What Will I Learn?

The programme follows a set format which helps you truly understand your strengths, what your customer is looking for, how you might market to your customers, your revenue stream(s), business model options and costs.

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

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. 


Your Facilitators:

Every week your facilitators will guide you through a specific topic.  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. 

Your Commitment:

You will need to commit to three hours every week for nine weeks and be prepared to put in approximately the same 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. 

Who should apply?

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Startups

  • 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


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 $1,800.00+GST for the standard ten week programme (additional costs may apply for specialised cohorts). 

Next Cohort

Our next Cohort is a Food and Beverage specific cohort, which we are running in partnership with The Food Factory. 


We are currently accepting applications for this cohort, beginning in March 2021. 




 Starting 9 March 2021

10 x 3 hour sessions

Tuesday (+ 2 Thursdays) evenings 

6.00pm - 9.00pm

Email for full list of dates


Growing businesses

Stalled businesses

Business managers

(NB one person per business)

The Food Factory

11 Findlay Place



(Parking available)


For this cohort only, the cost is heavily subsidised to $300 + GST per business

10 subsidies available


Not an F&B Business?

We will be running general Co.Starters cohorts later in the year - generally in line with school terms.  If you are a new, growing or adapting business and want the framework to get your business moving, register your interest below and we will let you know when the next cohort will be kicking off.  The cost of our general cohort will be $1800 + GST per business.  Co.Starters, powered by Mahitahi Colab, is a registered service with the Regional Business Partner network.  Eligible businesses may be able to access up to a 50% subsidy of this cost.  Complete the Expression of Interest form and we will keep you in the loop about upcoming cohorts.