Chattanooga-based business accelerator program goes global

At 55 E. Main St., Enoch Elwell, 28, founder of Co.Starters, heads up a three-person staff that rallies new people around the world to create a new mindset in business.

Not even two years old, Co.Starters is expanding overseas.

Five New Zealand municipalities are licensing the business development program, said Enoch Elwell, who founded Co.Starters under Chattanooga nonprofit organization Co.Lab.

"We've had an incredible response for Co.Starters across New Zealand," Elwell, 28, said. "We are looking forward to sharing the Chattanooga way ... which has gotten the attention of an entire country because of our collaborative support for emerging businesses."

photo Enoch Elwell, founder of CO.STARTERS, looks at a map of New Zealand where five CO.STARTERS are launching.

Business abroad

Cities in New Zealand will be the first outside of the United States to use the Co.Starters business development program, which started under Co.Lab