CO.STARTERS is a process designed to turn your business idea into action.

Next CO.STARTERS class: Thursdays, March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Download the Spring 2016 CO.STARTERS application.

CO.STARTERS mother ship

•9 Week Program

•$250 Artlink Member

•$275 General Public

•Small Classes

•Experiential Learning

•Community Building

•Facilitated, Not Taught



CO.STARTERS is a nine-week program meeting once a week for three hours. Facilitators are experienced entrepreneurs who are well connected in the business community. Guest speakers share the challenges they faced while starting and growing businesses and business professionals from leading accounting and law firms offer their support to program participants.

Throughout this business model discovery process, participants identify and test business assumptions through customer interactions, develop a functioning business model, learn valuable management and marketing skills, and receive constructive feedback from advisors, peers and former grads. At the end, you’ll have the tools, framework and momentum you need to make your vision a reality—and the best part is you won’t be in it alone.

Drawing from the experience of entrepreneurs and startup thought-leaders around the globe, CO.STARTERS walks small-business owners through the lean business modeling methods used by high-growth startups, in a simple and intuitive way. Rather than treating a startup like a large corporation and writing a detailed business plan, CO.STARTERS participants are encouraged to build and test small models first. In the process, they receive real-time customer feedback, update their models to meet customer needs and avoid creating businesses based on incorrect assumptions.


Inspired by The Business Model Canvas, the CO.STARTERS Canvas provides an intuitive visual map to help participants understand, organize and test their business ideas.

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CO.STARTERS Graduates enjoy special discounts on Fort Wayne Arts Incubator classes as well as resources leveraged in their interest from the community.