Finding POSSIBLE: The CO.STARTERS 2019 Impact Story

The importance of our work with entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders is often hard to communicate. This year, when we put our annual report together, we tried to capture the deeper story between the numbers—of impact that is happening in lives and communities—to paint a picture of what is possible in any community.

Read the introduction to […]

March 11th, 2020|Ecosystems + Economies, News|

Growing a Living Community

CO.STARTERS Summit Highlights Deepened Support for Entrepreneurial Leaders

Grassroots entrepreneurial leaders from across the U.S. came together October 2–4 for the fifth CO.STARTERS Summit, held in the organization’s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The event was an opportunity for communities supported by the growing entrepreneurial network to connect in an intimate setting to celebrate five years of growth […]

October 17th, 2019|Ecosystems + Economies, News|

A Founder Moving to a New Mission

Will Joseph, one of the founders of CO.STARTERS, is transitioning out of a leadership role in the company to pursue new projects related to our collective mission of supporting entrepreneurs and community builders.

“I am sad to step away from CO.STARTERS, but am excited about these next projects and how they might continue to support the vision of CO.STARTERS and the […]

July 10th, 2019|News|


By David Kraus

From its very inception, CO.STARTERS’ mission has been to help local grassroots leaders become more effective in their work for their communities. As we’ve pursued this mission, we’ve had the privilege to cultivate and foster an incredible community of like-minded individuals and organizations dedicated to improving their communities through entrepreneurship. Although we initially started as a […]

March 27th, 2018|Community Call Recap|

CO.STARTERS spun-out of CO.LAB

By Tom Ballard

Originally published by

“We’re focused on using business processes and individuals to build communities,” CO.STARTERS Enoch Elwell told us when we caught-up with him recently.

The program’s Founder, who launched the initiative as part of his role as a Co-Founder of Chattanooga’s CO.LAB, recently spun-out the nine-week CO.STARTERS approach into a separate entity named Get Started.

“We were building-out the […]

August 9th, 2016|Press|

Chattanooga-based business accelerator program goes global

by Mitra Malek

Originally published by the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Not even two years old, CO.STARTERS is expanding overseas.

Five New Zealand municipalities are licensing the business development program, said Enoch Elwell, who founded CO.STARTERS under Chattanooga nonprofit organization CO.LAB.

“We’ve had an incredible response for CO.STARTERS across New Zealand,” Elwell, 28, said. “We are looking forward to sharing the Chattanooga way […]

May 19th, 2015|Press|

The Gig City Launches National CO.STARTERS Program

by Monica Selby 

Originally published by Serious Startups

Small business is the backbone of our economy.

We’ve all heard it. Over and over (and over) again. But is it true?

Earlier this fall a report from the Kauffmann Foundation suggested that it may not be. Tech companies do actually drive economic growth, so that’s good news for the startup ecosystem. But, […]

December 13th, 2013|Press|
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