Over the course of June 25 and 26, the NTEC staff and our facilitators underwent a crash course in the CO.STARTERS curriculum and facilitation training. Enoch Elwell and Rebekah Marr of CO.STARTERS in Chattanooga made the trip to oversee the training.

Joining Carol Reed and Stanton Watson of NTEC were Chris Donaldson of Tencom Services, Susan Cormia of the Ned McWherter Institute for Collaboration and Innovation, and Elizabeth Pritchett.

The nine-week program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. Unlike traditional platforms, CO.STARTERS applies the lean business modeling methods popular among high-growth startups to businesses of all kinds.

The CO.STARTERS program has been adopted by more than a dozen entrepreneurial organizations in cities around the country, including Phoenix; Cincinnati; Nashville, Tenn; Lakeland, Fla.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Chattanooga.

“If you look beyond Silicon Valley and New York, there are countless communities that are full of talented entrepreneurs, but they lack the organized community support they need to thrive,” said Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Director. “CO.STARTERS provides a structure for these communities to achieve their economic growth goals and gives them an easy way build the connections they are already trying to grow.”

Implementing the CO.STARTERS program in Northwest Tennessee will open the doors for establishment and growth to entrepreneurs and local businesses across the region.

For more information on CO.STARTERS, visit www.costarters.co.