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What is Co.Starters?

Co.Starters is a nine-week action-driven, collaborative programme in Dunedin that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. The programme is run with a small and supportive group of like-minded people led by two experienced facilitators.

Where: The Distiller, 20 Leith Bank St, North Dunedin

How does Co.Starters Work?

The course is led by a group of facilitators to help guide you through the process of launching a business step-by-step and demystify the daunting early stages of entrepreneurship. In addition to having access to mentors, we invite guest speakers each week to shed insight on various aspects of running a business.

Course participants will be in groups of 10 people, meeting 3 hours a week to discuss and share ideas among peers in a trust environment without non-disclosure agreements, over 9 weeks. 

Programme cost is $595.00 (including GST)

After The ProgramME...

You will gain the skills and knowledge to start your business as know how to sustain it's growth.

Co.Starters is not an academic exercise; the aim of the course isn't to teach you how to start a business; it is to enable you to actually start one!

Programme Timeline

  • Week 1: Knowing Yourself (Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles)

  • Week 2: Knowing Your Customer (Problem, Solution, Benefit, Competition, Advantage, Customer)

  • 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, Licenses, IP, Hiring)

  • Week 6: Discovering the Bottom Line (Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Event Point)

  • 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: Pitch Night/Sharing Your Story


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Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve got a brand new idea I haven’t started working on, is Co.Starters for me?

Yes, absolutely. Co.Starters will give you the tools, frameworks and support you need to get started. Whether you have some idea of how to start, or have no idea at all - Co.Starters will help you succeed.

I’ve been working on my business idea for a short while and have made some progress, is Co.Starters for me?

Yes, absolutely. Co.Starters will provide the action driven support and frameworks so you can understand your next steps and successfully execute on them.

I’m 4 years into my startup journey and am trying to figure out how to scale. Is Co.Starters for me?

No, not quite - but you should definitely check out The Challenger Series.

I’m not sure I can afford the $595 up front…

That’s okay. You may be able to apply for a payment plan or make another arrangement. Please reach out to

I want to talk to someone in person before committing to the nine weeks. Can I have a 15 minute call or in-person meeting to make sure it’s a fit for me?

Absolutely. Contact us to arrange a time.

Who are some Co.Starters Alumni I might have heard of?

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