The Harbor Accelerator is now accepting applications for its second cohort of startups. The 14-week business accelerator program helped eight startups turn their business ideas into reality in its first cohort this year: tech startups Eatabit.com, Snapcastr, Dynepic, Trilogyz, Bublish, Fieldlinc, and two other non-tech startups – Tarian Orthotics and Engineered Marine Coatings.
Designed with the entrepreneur in mind, this program is about building scale-able businesses for the Charleston region. The free, 14-week program is designed to help startups execute a business. An initiative of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, The Harbor Accelerator is viewed as an important part of building the business landscape of Charleston. “The community support is clearly there for The Harbor Accelerator program and is increasing daily,” said John Osborne, co-founder & director of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center. “New proven entrepreneur mentors, additional specialty experts, and increased resources are all signing up to support Cohort 2.”
Businesses are fully immersed in an accelerator program that is all about executing a plan. Each startup is given access to resources, local talent and the ability to test the market quickly and become viable. Startups are led through an intense curriculum that teaches high-impact business compacts with classes led by mentor entrepreneurs. The mentors stand with their selected business as the startups focus on critical elements needed to grow.
This round of mentors includes a list of entrepreneurial heavyweights such as Patrick Bryant, the lead mentor of the Accelerator, Eric Bowman of Sparc, Chad Walldorf of Sticky Fingers, Bobby Collins of PURE, Steve Parker Jr. of Levelwing, Christine Osborne of Wonder Works and many more.
Successful startups from the inaugural program include:
Snapcastr is a free mobile app that transfers audience pictures and comments to a big screen during an event.
Tarian Orthotics developed a shoulder brace to lower the risk of dislocations in individuals looking to return to high-impact activities post-injury.
Eatabit.com allows online order takers to print orders to purpose-built cellular printers placed directly inside the restaurant.
“The first cohort of The Harbor Accelerator was a tremendous success. All eight companies grew throughout the 14 weeks and are moving their ventures forward today,” said Osborne. “During the program, Snapcastr got a deal with College of Charleston, Eatabit inked a contract with Joe Riley Stadium, and Tarian put their brace on a Stingrays player.
Participants in the 14-week program will receive access to weekly meetings with members of the mentor network, and to the directors and lead mentor during the course of the program. Participants also receive educational material and weekly classes structured around real world applicability. Other perks of the program include the chance to develop a team of advisers, one year of weekly mentor meetings upon completion of the program, and a free workspace with access to everything an office needs to grow.
The program culminates with an invitation for each company to pitch its business at a “Pitch Day” event to be held October 30.
Interested businesses should apply online at harborec.com by July 10. Only eight will be selected for the program, set to begin July 21. Participants will work out of Biz Inc., a business incubator facility run by the Town of Mount Pleasant.