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 $1,300.00+GST for the nine week programme. 

We do have a limited number of scholarships to assist towards this investment and there may be some funding available through the Regional Business Partners programme.  Please contact us to discuss.  

Next Cohort

February 2021

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for our next cohort, beginning in February 2021. 




 Late February 2021

9 x 3 hour sessions

Tuesday evenings 

6.00pm - 9.00pm

Dates TBC 

Register interest now



Growing businesses

Stalled businesses

Someone with an idea

Business managers

Mahitahi Colab

322 Hardy Street


Optional pre-session dinner in Colab


$1300 + GST per business


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