Creative Enterprise


ArtWorks CO.STARTERS (formerly SpringBoard) connects entrepreneurs with a community of support as they take practical steps toward launch. Participants use simple and intuitive lean business modeling methods to identify assumptions and test them through real-time customer feedback. By updating their assumptions to meet customer demand, entrepreneurs can develop a viable business model. Read more about the curriculum.

CO.STARTERS lasts nine weeks, meeting one evening a week for three hours. Facilitators include educators and active entrepreneurs and guest speakers include specialists and professionals from Cincinnati’s leading marketing, branding, legal and finance firms and agencies, as well as local entrepreneurs. Read more about our facilitators and specialists.

Course Details

The total course fee is $300, which includes course materials two hour-long sessions with course facilitator to address your business development needs, and access to community events, networking opportunities and small business resources.

A $50 deposit is required to reserve your seat. This deposit applies toward the course fee and is non-refundable.

Program Length
Class meets once a week for three hours for a total of nine weeks.

Class is held at ArtWorks’ Administrative Offices, 20 E. Central Parkway, in Over-The-Rhine



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ArtWorks CO.STARTERS Graduates

CO.STARTERS (formerly SpringBoard) has graduated 233 entrepreneurs and helped launch 34 new local businesses and nonprofits!


The Company Lab, a Chattanooga-based organization, formulated the CO.STARTERS curriculum in close collaboration with ArtWorks in Cincinnati and D:hive in Detroit. CO.STARTERS is now rolling out in other communities across the nation, providing past ArtWorks SpringBoard graduates and future CO.STARTERS entrepreneurs with a national network of support and exchange. To learn more about CO.STARTERS nationwide, visit

ArtWorks CO.STARTERS is made possible through the support of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and ArtPlace, a new collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and various federal agencies to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.