CO.STARTERS Hospo Edition is a ten-week programme that equips aspiring hospitality entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to take the next step in building a sustainable hospitality business. During CO.STARTERS Hospo Edition you'll develop and fine-tune your ideas over two 3-hour sessions each week.
You don’t have to be a student to join CO.STARTERS Hospo Edition and take your idea further. Join a cohort for just two evenings a week for ten weeks.
When you take part in CO.STARTERS Hospo Edition, you get:
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 as you might be eligible to a subsidy
If you’re interested in getting involved with CO.STARTERS Hospo Edition, register your interest and we will contact you.
Each cohort will meet for two 3-hour sessions a week, for 10 weeks.
AUT City Campus
55 Wellesley Street
Room details will be emailed to you.
You don't have to be a student to join CO.STARTERS Hospo Edition. It is for:
During CO.STARTERS Hospo Edition you develop and fine-tune your ideas, critically examine every part of your idea and determine the next steps, all through real-time feedback from people in the community.
The “godfather” of Auckland cuisine
The “godfather” of Auckland cuisine, Tony Astle, ONZM, began his culinary career in 1965. However, it is his ownership and operation of Antoine’s Restaurant kitchen in Auckland’s Parnell that has propelled Tony’s culinary career. Tony is passionate about food, and having run Antoine’s for 47 years (1973-2021), he brings a wealth of expertise to CO.STARTERS Hospitality.
Dr Lindsay Neill
Senior lecturer in hospitality management and semiotics at AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism
Lindsay is a senior lecturer in hospitality management and semiotics at AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism. Trained as a chef, Lindsay is co-author of The New Zealand Chef, the ‘go-to’ tome for all chefs in training in Aotearoa New Zealand. Consequently, Lindsay brings a practical and theoretical perspective to the CO.STARTERS Hospitality programme.
Business-owner, consultant, cook and ex-lawyer
Sophie is a business-owner, consultant, cook and ex-lawyer who loves all things hospitality. She splits her time between her three restaurants (Fatima's), her hospitality consultancy Delicious Business and her co-working and events space 'The Village'. Sophie is also involved in food charities and chairs the board of Company of Women.
Consultant, recipe and product developer and teacher
Camille relishes any opportunity to cook whether it’s catering for a crowd or preparing meals for pastoral care in the community. Consultant, recipe and product developer and primary school teacher, Camille has spent the last 20 years cooking privately; working for Books For Cooks in London; and as an executive chef managing a kitchen team of 35.
CO.STARTERS facilitator and trainer
Sabrina enjoys seeing synergies and connecting people. An experienced CO.STARTERS facilitator and trainer, Sabrina has worked in the startup space as an “intrapreneur” as well as starting her own startup. Passionate about entrepreneurship, sustainability and wholesome home cooking, she is looking forward to working with the next generation of hospitality entrepreneurs.