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If you are thinking about starting something new, CO.STARTERS might be perfect for you.

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.

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 ten sessions over the course of ten weeks. 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 2: Knowing Your Customer

Session 3: Finding the Right Solution

Session 4: Getting The Relationship Right

Session 5: Building Blocks

Session 6: Structures & Systems

Session 7: Discovering the Bottom Line

Session 8: Financial Modeling

Session 9: Planning for Growth

Session 10: Graduation / Pitch 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.