Start Co. breeding success stories

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(Memphis Business Journal) Entrepreneurs from throughout the world came to Memphis three months ago to learn how to turn their new business ideas into reality. On Aug. 21, they got one step closer to realizing their dreams when they completed the Start Co. accelerator program by pitching their business concepts to investors during the Start Co. Demo Day at the Orpheum Theatre.

Half of the 16 entrepreneur teams hail from outside of Shelby County, including startup hot spots Silicon Valley and New York City, as well as Hungary, Canada and the Netherlands. Historically, 70 percent of Start Co. graduates stay in Memphis, which means the city itself benefits from Start Co.’s work, not just the entrepreneurs the program serves.

Start Co.’s four cohort programs provide budding business owners more than 200 hours of technical and business assistance, connections to mentors, access to business resources and $15,000 in seed funding. In other words, the programs provide a significant head start on the road to business success.

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