CO.STARTERS Accelerator

CO.STARTERS is a program designed to provide you with the insights, relationships, and tools to turn your idea into action and a sustainable business.

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, or a seasoned entrepreneur looking to launch a new product or service, CO.STARTERS is for you. The one requirement is that you have a concept you are ready to test and willing to study, shape and fine-tune in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment. If you’re creative, community-minded, and serious about turning your passion into a thriving business, we want you.

If you are thinking about starting something new,

CO.STARTERS might be perfect for you.

Program Details

During CO.STARTERS, you’ll develop and fine-tune your idea, critically examining every part of it and plan your next steps through feedback from people in the community. The program is facilitated active local entrepreneurs, and guest speakers include specialists and professionals from Sioux Falls' leading marketing, branding, legal and finance agencies, as well as other entrepreneurs. The course consists of eleven sessions; the last session will be a Startup Pitch Night featuring cohort members. We are currently running three cohorts per year starting in January, May, and October. During that time, we'll cover the following topics:

Session 1

Knowing Yourself

Session 6

Structures & Systems

Session 2

Knowing Your Customer

Session 7

Discovering the Bottom Line

Session 3

Find the Right Solution

Session 8

Financial Modeling

Session 4

Getting the Relationship Right

Session 9

Planning for Growth

Session 5

Building Blocks

Session 10

Celebration Night


The total course fee is $600, which includes course materials. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Participants will also receive Q&A with local entrepreneurs, support from Zeal Center staff during and post-graduation, and invitations to alumni networking & workshop events. Participants will graduate from the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate their business model, and repeat the process for future business ideas.

Financial assistance is available.

Startup Sioux Falls Sponsors

These organizations provide financial support for Startup Sioux falls