CO.STARTERS is a ten-week programme that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to take the next step in building a sustainable business. If you have an entrepreneurial idea that you’d like to explore and develop, or a problem to solve that can make a difference in your community, take a look at our CO.STARTERS programmes.
You don’t have to be a student to join CO.STARTERS and take your idea further. Join a cohort for just one evening a week for ten weeks.
When you take part in CO.STARTERS, you get:
You don't have to be a student to join CO.STARTERS. CO.STARTERS is for:
During CO.STARTERS you develop and fine-tune your ideas, critically examine every part of your business idea and determine the next steps, all through real-time feedback from people in the community.
There's a financial cost to cover this programme because we're looking for entrepreneurs, business owners and students to be active, engaged and invested in their own personal development and business success.
The course cost includes course materials, weekly sessions and access to community events, networking and small business resources.
If you're an AUT student, graduate or staff, or a trading business, contact us for cost details.
CO.STARTERS is free for students subject to getting a fully-paid scholarship, but there is a cost of $250 to cover course materials.
If you're an AUT graduate, you can apply for a discount (pay $1,000.00 instead of $1,750.00, which includes fee for course materials).
Trading businesses may be eligible for a capability voucher towards CO.STARTERS under the NZTE training scheme.
AUT staff may be able to complete the course as part of their professional development.
Each cohort will meet once a week for 10 weeks. Each weekly session is 3 hours.
AUT City Campus 55 Wellesley St Auckland 1010
“CO.STARTERS was really empowering. It helped me validate my idea by talking to customers and taught me how to better articulate my story. It was a supportive environment to discuss ideas, and I learnt a lot.”
Holly Sutich, Co-founder of Phoric
“Coming from a technical background, CO.STARTERS provided me with the foundation I needed to implement my concept into a business model that has taken me and my team into the company we are today.”
Alejandro Davila, Founder of Conical
“Through positive support and connections with experienced mentors, CO.STARTERS helped me build my company from scratch. I highly recommend CO.STARTERS for learning how to run a start-up and being part of a network of purpose-driven businesses.”
Pritesh Kajaria, Co-Founder of Amino Mantra
Get in touch with the CO.STARTERS team for more information about our programmes and how to get involved.