RISE Collaborative CO.STARTERS Business Bootcamp Application Closes December 13

RISE Collaborative offers free business training program for aspiring & existing entrepreneurs

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (December 8, 2022) – Registration is currently open for the Winter 2023 CO.STARTERS Business Bootcamp powered by RISE Collaborative. The last day to apply to the program is next Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can apply at sovarise.com/costarters

This entrepreneur training program is a free, eight-week course designed to help Southern Virginia entrepreneurs and business owners launch and grow their companies. Participants who complete the course will gain access to mentors, resources, and knowledge to start or scale a business. They will also be eligible for the Southern Virginia Business Pitch Competition planned for March 2023.

The Winter 2023 CO.STARTERS Business Bootcamp cohort will take place from Jan. 10 through Feb. 28, 2023. The virtual format will include online group sessions every Tuesday from 6-9 pm. Each weekly session will be led by a team of business experts who are certified in the nationally-known CO.STARTERS curriculum, which includes all aspects of business ownership. 

Between sessions, participants are encouraged to complete fieldwork assignments, including customer interviews. The total time commitment is 10 hours per week, including the weekly 3-hour online meeting.

A limited number of seats are available and will be awarded based on entrepreneur readiness, feasibility, and scalability of business venture(s) represented in the applications.

The CO.STARTERS Business Bootcamp is ideal for individuals who are new business owners who have started businesses in the past three years or to individuals just getting started, who have not yet opened their business, or who plan to take over a business as part of another business owner’s succession planning. All types of businesses are encouraged to apply, including agriculture, professional services, manufacturing, technology, and any businesses that impact the regional economy. The program is designed for individuals aged 18 and older.

RISE Collaborative is designed to grow the regional economy by serving business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the following localities in Southern Virginia: Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Henry, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward counties and the Cities of Danville and Martinsville.

Individuals who have questions about the CO.STARTERS Business Bootcamp or any of the RISE Collaborative programs can contact hello@sovarise.com or call the SOVA Innovation Hub at (434) 570-1305.

About RISE Collaborative

RISE Collaborative brings together makers, entrepreneurs, and innovators of all backgrounds, interests, and experiences from across our region to support the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation in Southern Virginia. Through our programs, events, and online network, you’ll gain a supportive community of peers, direct access to business resource providers, dynamic training and skill-building content, and value-added networking opportunities. RISE is a partnership between SOVA Innovation Hub and Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC), funded by a grant from GO Virginia Region 3.