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/CO.STARTERS for CAUSES – $100 discount for August- October start. 9 workshops or flexible program.
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Who’s in the pics? Social Entrepreneur James Bartle, Founder of Outland Denim at the CO.STARTERS for Causes breakfast on May 2nd 2019 in Brisbane, our BAM group in October 2019, and one of our wonderful guest speakers, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Kilimanjaro Krafts Pemba Amuri. 

 

Enrol now for CO.STARTERS for CAUSES.  Please read everything so we can help you!

This program is flexible to meet your busy schedule and your lifestyle.  Choose to attend all 9 workshops where you will be in a small group with your dedicated facilitator/mentor, or do the program by a combination of mentoring sessions plus attend some masterclasses or events. Participants normally work through the CO.STARTERS program within 9-12 weeks.

Your outcome?

If new to business, you will have a business set up.  If improving a business you will have a fully flessed out improvement plan and be seeing results. If innovating you will have completed feasibility testing of your new product or service and a clear plan for commercialisation.

You will receive comprehensive printed materials in a quality binder which you are able to complete and use after the program as well.

What are you worth?

$100 discount to help you get started if you enrol now to start anytime over August – October 2019.  (Special price only $890). Unsure about cost?  Ask yourself why a customer will want to purchase from you if you aren’t valuing your own knowledge in business.

What happens after the program?

Membership of the alumni is free and you will be supported by this large international CO.STARTERS group after your program ends.

If you want a qualification, we have arrangements with a Registered Training Organisation and a University. These educational institutions will have enrolment charges and provide information about Australian Government opportunities for students.

How to register your interest/enrolment

Please complete the online enrolment form. We will contact you because we’d love to talk through your idea for your social enterprise, not for profit or BAM impact venture.  The form provides opportunity for you to describe your concept in some detail.  Please take the time to complete the whole form as this helps our specialist business mentors work closely with you early. Starting a cause venture is really special and we want to give you the best mentoring and help to be successful!!

Here it is. Yes it is a lot but we are thorough and you’d want us to be.

ENROLMENT FORM

 

About the program

The CO.STARTERS for Causes program is designed for any person or team with an idea for bettering the community or environment. You will determine the viability of their concept and the work on the critical next steps for getting your for profit or not for profit underway. Participants may have a new idea for a project, nonprofit, or socially minded business – or may be an existing organisation looking to become more sustainable or launch a new program.

CASE STUDIES: The case studies in the program represent two different kinds of models. One is a socially-minded business that operates just like other for-profit models. The second is a more traditional nonprofit idea looking for sustainable funding streams.

PROBLEM: In CO.STARTERS for Causes, an entire week is spent on the first three boxes of the Canvas – customer, problem, and alternatives. Many causes are started because the founder sees a need and not much time is spent looking into whether or not the need truly exists, who else is already meeting that need, and what the customer truly wants. By spending a whole week on this topic, participants are challenged to dive deeper into understanding the context.

IMPACT: Causes are causes because they are attempting to accomplish some change in the world. The program helps participants articulate what change they expect, how they will know they are accomplishing their goals, and how to measure impact.

SUSTAINABILITY: Over the past several decades, traditional funding streams for causes have undergone significant changes. In order to survive in today’s world, causes need to think differently about creating sustainable revenue streams. The program introduces participants to a variety of ways to make their causes sustainable, including building in business models.

Topic 1: Knowing Yourself Introduction, Assumptions, Working Styles, Team Building, Obstacles

Topic 2: Understanding the Problem Customer, Problem, Alternatives & Idea Testing

Topic 3: Finding the Right Solution Solution, Benefit, Advantage, Starting Small & Typical Offering

Topic 4: Crafting Your Story Marketing, Message & Getting Customers

Topic 5: Determining What You Need Distribution, People, Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Budgets

Topic 6: Getting What You Need Revenue, Sustainability, Pricing, Breaking Even, Sales Projections, Funding Sources

Topic 7: Strengthening the Structure Legal Structures, Cash Flow, Accounting & Evaluation Systems

Topic 8: Planning for the Future Growth Plan, Replication & Sharing, Goal Setting, Project Proposal

Topic 9: Celebration /Pitch Night

Reminder after all that info….How to register your interest/enrolment

Please complete the online form and we will contact you to talk through your idea for your social enterprise, not for profit or BAM impact venture.  The form provides opportunity for you to describe your concept in some detail.  Please take the time to complete the whole form as this helps our mentors work closely with you early. Starting a cause venture is really special and we want to give you the best mentoring and help to be successful!!

Cost

August start $100 discount to help you get started.  Price only $890.

Yes there is a cost. Your resource are high quality and the qualified mentors and advisors are paid. It normally works out to $100 plus GST per week. Total $990.  So what have others done?

  • Paid all themselves
  • Paid by payment plan by themselves
  • Have a part payment and a benefactor has part paid (this is the most common)
  • Asked us to source a company or other benefactor who might part pay for them or we subsidise from our special causes fund (This is also common and one reason why we need you to complete the whole online form. )
  • Asked us about who can provide a Micro-Loan (Ask us about this as we are working closely with Micro-Lenders for social enterprises right now!)

What happens next

When you complete the online form, we contact you and talk for 30 minutes about your idea.

To secure your place we ask you to pay a $50 plus GST deposit ($55) via EFT/Paypal or card on our payment page.

The mentoring begins and continues throughout the program and you become a part of the CO.STARTERS alumni afterwards.

The venue for the 9 workshops is Alphacrucis College in Woolloongabba. Free parking at the campus.  In the flexible one on one mentoring option, your lead mentor and you arrange dates and times to suit you.  How do you know which program to choose? Ask yourself if workshops are things you love as they are really collaborative and social and you laugh a lot while you learn a lot, or you are time poor or prefer to sit one on one or have online sessions with a mentor and maybe turn up at a few seminars that interest you like marketing ones etc.  Then you know the way you are leading don’t you?

What else

Down the track you may like help with grant applications, suggestions and recommendations for your advisory board, help with crowd funding or Intellectual Property and trade marks or patents. These are just some ways we have helped others just like you!

Pemba Amuri from social enterprise Kilimanjaro Krafts speaks about CO.STARTERS for Causes at our recent CO.STARTERS breakfast