CO.STARTERS to begin June 19

By June 6, 2017Uncategorized

The Johnson City Development Authority is partnering with AccelNow to offer CO.STARTERS, a nationally renowned program that helps entrepreneurs turn an idea into a new business in just nine weeks. The first CO.STARTERS session begins June 19, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the WCEDC office at 300 E. Main Street, 4th floor.


Participants of the CO.STARTERS program work with a small and supportive group of like-minded people who are all trying to start their own businesses. Working together, participants identify their assumptions about why and how their respective businesses will succeed and talk with customers to validate their ideas. The process enables the entrepreneurs to rapidly uncover issues in their proposed businesses, find practical solutions quickly, and leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to launch a success business.


Following the class, participants can compete in a pitch night, to share what they have learned about themselves and their business with friends and family. They will be prepared to participate in Pitches and Pints, a regional pitch contest for entrepreneurs.


If you are interested in participating, you can complete a registration form, found at Registration is $90 and includes a CO.STARTERS workbook. Following CO.STARTERS completion, any business interested in opening a retail storefront in downtown Johnson City, will have the opportunity to apply for a $5000 grant from the JCDA.

For more on CO.STARTERS, visit


Space is limited.

CO.STARTERS came out of The Company Lab, a Chattanooga, Tennessee organization that offers programs and events to support local startups and innovators in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. The program takes the lessons learned from working with thousands of local, creative entrepreneurs and combines that knowledge with the lean business modeling methods used by high-growth startups. The CO.STARTERS model has been tested for years in Chattanooga, Cincinnati, and Detroit.