CO.STARTERS at the Hill is a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Over the nine weeks, groups of 10-15 entrepreneurs meet together one evening a week for three hours, led by a facilitator. CO.STARTERS certified 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. In addition to exploring different topics each week, guest speakers are also brought in weekly to enrich the conversation and help participants learn from the experience of others in the community.
Working together, participants develop and fine-tune their ideas, critically examining every piece and determining next steps through real-time feedback, using a simplified version of the Business Model Canvas. Participants leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate their models, and repeat the process.
As an organization dedicated to the community, the Hill has priced this program to be financially reasonable to make it accessible for all entrepreneurs in our community. The cost of the program is $500 - that includes materials, snacks and a one year membership to the James J. Hill Center upon completion of the program. The Hill recognizes that there are racial and economic barriers and as a nonprofit serving all members of our community we offer scholarships to close the gap. For questions or to be considered for a scholarship or financial hardship discounts please email Lily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline is August 25th. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis and will be notified no later than September 7th. Payment will be due upon acceptance.
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