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CO.STARTERS Powered by RISE Collaborative - Fall 2022 Cohort

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Thank you for your interest in this CO.STARTERS Core program powered by RISE Collaborative, a partnership between the SOVA Innovation Hub and Longwood SBDC. Participants must have a desire to start or grow a business that will lead to job creation in Southern Virginia.

This virtual cohort begins on Tuesday, September 6 and runs each Tuesday evening on Zoom from 6-9pm for 10 weeks. The last evening will be Tuesday, November 8. The application deadline is August 16. 


We're excited to walk alongside you in your entrepreneurship journey. Please fill out the following application.

Please confirm that you want to start or grow a business that will lead to job creation in Southern Virginia.*
The training is held online, do you have access to a computer and the internet to participate in the training?*Please select all that apply.
CO.STARTERS is a venture too! As such, we have to follow our own advice and ask you to enter into a little business agreement with us. The statements below were crafted by keen legal minds... If you have any questions about the dense legalese, please let us know.*I understand that neither the host organization nor CO.STARTERS guarantees that I will be successful in my venture. Furthermore, the benefits gained from participating in CO.STARTERS are a result of time, energy, and dedication to the program, and thus are not based solely on the completion of the coursework. I further understand and authorize CO.STARTERS to provide applicable information to the assigned management counselor(s). I understand that any information released is to be held in strict confidence by him/her. No person will be excluded from participation in or otherwise subjected to discrimination in regard to services, programs, and employment provided by the host organization and CO.STARTERS based on race, sex, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law or ordinance. I understand that the facilitators of the host organization and CO.STARTERS rely upon the active participation and assistance of local volunteers in order to effectively operate the program. I further understand that CO.STARTERS is most effective when participants are willing to freely share experiences and advice with one another during the course of the program. In order to encourage these vital contributions, as well as those of program staff and facilitators, I hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the host organization, CO.STARTERS, program staff, facilitators, volunteers, and fellow participants from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action that I may hereafter have based upon the advice provided during the program and I understand that I am entirely responsible for the results of the decisions I make involving my venture during and as the result of my participation in CO.STARTERS.I do hereby give permission to the host organization and CO.STARTERS, its agents, and others working under its authority, full and free use of video/photographs containing my image/likeness. I understand these images may be used for promotional, news, research, and/or educational purposes. I hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless CO.STARTERS and its agents from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action that I may here after have by reason of anything contained in the photographs or video. I do further certify that I am either of legal age, or possess full legal capacity to execute the foregoing authorization and release.

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