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Next Session Begins September 2, 2016

The WV HIVE is delighted to announce that CO.STARTERS, a nationally renowned business development program, is now available as the Pre-Incubation program that we are adopting. CO.STARTERS is a 10-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action.

How Does CO.STARTERS Work?

Enter into a facilitator-led, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded peers.  Working together, you will identify your assumptions about why and how your businesses will work, and talk to customers to validate your ideas.  This will enable you to rapidly uncover any flaws in your concepts and find viable models more quickly.  You will leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate your models, and repeat the process with your next great idea!

The Pre-Incubation program is designed to help the founder or entrepreneur determine whether there is sufficient value to pursue a product or service idea, identify potential markets, develop a path to market strategy, and learn how to communicate the value of the idea to early stakeholders and adopters. This program is about an idea, not a company, helping the client develop the insights necessary to determine whether to proceed, pivot, shelve, or abandon the idea. If the decision is to proceed, the strategies developed in the workshops will serve as the roadmap for the company or the licensing strategy. Co.Starters is a pre-requisite to our Smart Start Incubator program. 

When and Where Will the Next CO.STARTERS be Offered?

The next 10-week course will begin September 2, 2016 and will meet every Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at WVU Tech Campus.

WV HIVE, Beckley

O’dell Hall
282 Minnesota Ave.
Beckley, WV 25801

This class will meet weekly, so please make sure your schedule allows you to attend all ten classes.

Registration for this session due no later than 5 pm on  Wednesday, August 31st.

When and Where will Future CO.STARTERS be Offered?

2016 Sessions

  • Beginning: October 11, 2016
    Location: WV HIVE Beckley, WV
    Every Tuesday Evening (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

If you are interested in reserving your space for a future session, just indicate your session preference on the application form.

Registration Instructions?

Receive all ten weeks of instruction, plus supporting materials for only $150!

After you fill out your registration form, return to this page and pay via PayPal by clicking the Buy Now button. After we receive and review your application, and verify payment, we will contact you with additional details about the class.

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Remember: We cannot reserve your space until your registration has been paid in full.


Are you ready to LAUNCH your business idea?

The incubation program is designed to assist clients in the early stage of development. The incubation process is a customized approach to fill gaps and needs of our clients in four main activities of a business venture: business concept, customer relations, operations, and organization. Once you’ve validated that your business idea is viable and real in our Co.Starters program, you are eligible to apply to the SMART START Incubation program. With this program, you will have access to our support network, technical assistance programs, low interest loans, and entrepreneurial partnerships.