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Start Up Minot

So what's going on? 
I am glad you asked! Regional partners who support businesses are starting a 10-week class to help start-up companies, growing businesses, entrepreneurs, long-time businesses – really, anyone with a new idea who might be stuck in any way or looking to grow their business. We are doing this to help you succeed.

What kind of class is it?
The Start Up Minot Academy powered by CO.STARTERS is a cohort-based program with the goal of giving fresh minds the tools, insights and relationships needed to succeed in implementing their business idea. The Academy goes for 10 weeks, meeting one day a week for three hours. It is a hands-on course – NOT a lecture – where you will join like-minded individuals in a journey to figure out how your business will work. Guest speakers, experts in their field from the community, will be at every class to help bring real-life answers to your real-life questions.

I have never heard of CO.STARTERS – who are they?
The CO.STARTERS company came recommended to us from the Fargo community and others who felt it would be a helpful partner in providing key curriculum for the Academy. They help communities like Minot build vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems through best-practice tools and resources needed to support starters of all kinds.

Is this even a good fit for me?
We think it can be! It’s simple – anyone with an idea for a business (any idea at all!) with a desire to learn more about how to start, or grow or solve a problem with your business is a good fit. We ask that you commit to be there the entire 10 weeks and that you participate in the group work as well as the out-of-class fieldwork. This isn’t a college-level course, but it will elevate your understanding of your future customers, how to distribute your product, assist with financial modeling and get you to the point of producing a formal business plan.

Sounds too good to be true. What's the catch? How much does it cost?
No catch, we just want to help you grow and learn as you bring your great idea to reality. We feel like this type of facilitated class would typically cost between $750 and $1,500 for the 10 weeks, but for this first year we are offering it at $100/person. This reduced cost is made possible due to the generous support of the Small Business Development Center and other sponsors.

Ok, I am in. What do I do next?
Great! We know you will love the class. To sign up for the class please contact Mark Lyman at the Minot Area Chamber EDC and he will walk you through the simple registration process which should only take a few minutes.

Oh yeah, when does it start and where will it be held?
We will be doing the first cohort of classes for Start Up Minot Academy powered by CO.STARTERS starting on Jan. 13, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Carnegie Center in downtown Minot. This continues for ten weeks and ends on March 17 when we celebrate your success! Other cohort classes start in May and in September.

More questions? Call or email Mark Lyman at the Minot Area Chamber EDC.


We are so glad you are interested in Start Up Minot! Please answer the questions below and we will be in touch soon!

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Email:  *
Phone Number: *
Mailing Address: *
Business/Idea Name: (If you haven't decided on a name yet, type, "Still working on it."): *
Tell us about your venture. (What will it be? Who will be your customer? What are you selling?): *
What are you hoping to get out of the Start Up Minot Academy powered by CO.STARTERS class?  *
How did you hear about this program/class? *