Where innovation gets down to business.



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


What is Co.Starters?  

Co.Starters is an eight-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: St. Petersburg College,  244 2nd Avenue North, 33701

When:  Thursdays, 6 - 9  p.m., starting October 25th, 2018

Cost:  $275 ** Scholarships are available 

Receive TWO months free coworking in the Innovation Center upon graduation - $150 value.









** Scholarships Available

The Innovation Center has received funding from Creative Pinellas for scholarships to fund participants in CO.STARTERS.  Scholarships are open to aspiring artists, arts organizations and arts related organizations.  Only 16 scholarships will be awarded.