Where innovation gets down to business.



This Session is at capacity - please call us at 727-547-7340 to join our waiting list.

It's time to turn your business idea into action!


What is Co.Starters?  

Co.Starters is a 9-week facilitator-led course, offered once a week for three hours.  The cohort based program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor!  


What is covered?

You will develop and fine-tune your business idea, receiving constructive feedback from peers, advisors, and potential customers. By updating your approach based on real-time feedback you will be able to pivot or move forward.  The nine-week course curriculum is taught by  Chris Paradies, president of Paradies Law, P.A.  and includes:

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

 Speaker:  Chris Paradies, president of Paradies Law, P.A. will discuss why legal stuff matters. Chris will focus on how the decisions you make may have future consequences.   

Week 6: Discovering the Bottom Line:  Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed/Variable Costs, Break-Even 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: CELEBRATION NIGHT!  Sharing your story.


Location: TEC Garage - St. Petersburg,  244 2nd Avenue North, 33701

When:  Tuesdays, 6 - 9  p.m., starting October 18th

Cost:  $275 ** Scholarships are available 






** Scholarships Available

TEC Garage has received a grant from Duke Energy Foundation for scholarships to fund participants in CO.STARTERS.  Scholarships are open to aspiring entrepreneurs in art, technology and creative industries.  Only 16 scholarships will be awarded.