Project United Knowledge Partners With CO.STARTERS

Kansas City, Missouri [(6.14.2017)] – Project United Knowledge, also known as Project UK, will soon offer the CO.STARTERS program, a nationally renowned platform that helps communities grow local businesses. The nine-week program equips entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. Unlike traditional platforms, CO.STARTERS applies the lean business modeling methods popular among high-growth startups.

The CO.STARTERS program has been adopted by more than a dozen entrepreneurial organizations in cities around the country, including Phoenix; Cincinnati; Nashville, Tenn; Lakeland, Fla.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Chattanooga, TN. 

In Kansas City, CO.STARTERS will be implemented and facilitated by Project UK. Project UK is a startup studio and 21st-century career training program for women and those in underserved areas. Focused on helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their business through the use of technology and other services, such as co-working spaces, mentorships, and career building training.  The nine-week CO.STARTERS program will kick off in October 2017.

Project UK will also sponsor an accelerator program that focuses on building lasting mentorships and workshops dedicated to personal development through career training.

“One of the really important things to me,” emphasized Quest Moffat, Project UK Founder, “was this concept of minimal risk. I wanted to be sure that no matter what, our founders and program participants gained more at the end of working with us than they lost. So even if their startup doesn’t turn out how they expected, they still have valuable knowledge and skills to execute on another idea or become better employed in the industry of their choice.”

Small business remains one of the fundamental economic drivers for local economies and job creation, but these smaller-scale startups have not received the same level of support as their high-growth counterparts. CO.STARTERS aims to narrow that gap.

“If you look beyond Silicon Valley and New York, there are countless communities that are full of talented entrepreneurs, but they lack the organized community support they need to thrive,” said Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Director. “CO.STARTERS provides a structure for these communities to achieve their economic growth goals and gives them an easy way build the connections they are already trying to grow.”

CO.STARTERS came out of The Company Lab, a Chattanooga, Tennessee organization that offers programs and events to support local startups and innovators, acting as a catalyst for a healthy entrepreneurial community. This new program takes the lessons learned from working with thousands of local creative entrepreneurs and combines that knowledge with the lean business modeling methods used by high-growth startups. The CO.STARTERS model has been tested for years in Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Detroit, and it’s now helping other emerging startup communities across the nation.

For more information on CO.STARTERS, visit www.costarters.co. To learn about CO.STARTERS in Kansas City, visit www.projectuk.org

About Project United Knowledge

Project United Knowledge (Project UK) is a startup studio and 21st-century career training program for women and those in underserved areas. Focused on helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their business through the use of technology and other services, such as co-working spaces, mentorships, and career building training. While Project UK serves all entrepreneurs, its focus on women, minorities and those in underserved areas make it a desired community resource.

About The Company Lab

The Company Lab exists to grow a strong startup community in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. Operating under the belief that entrepreneurial thinking is the foundation of our community’s future, The Company Lab has devised a model to foster the startup spirit, which is being used in entrepreneurial communities across the nation.