Applications Now Open for The Harbor Accelerator CoHort 3


The Harbor Accelerator wraps up its CoHort 2 class on October 30 and is now accepting applications for CoHort 3, which starts January 26, 2015 and finishes April 30. To view the requirements for the 14-week program and to apply, check out their website.

Designed with the entrepreneur in mind, The Harbor Accelerator is dedicated to building scaleable businesses for the Charleston region. Participants get the chance to not simply write a business plan, but to actually execute their concepts under the mentorship of other successful entrepreneurs.

Eight companies completed the Harbor Accelerator’s program through CoHort 1, including several tech companies:
Tarian Orthotics
Engineered Marine Coatings

Seven startups currently make up the CoHort 2 and they will make their final pitches to a large crowd and investors during Perfect Pitch, held at the Sottile Theatre on October 30. The companies poised to showcase their product/service to the masses during this event are:

Shuga Bébé Couture
Hail Point

The Harbor Accelerator program is a 14-week rigorous experience. 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 concepts with classes led by mentor entrepreneurs. The mentors stand with their selected business as the startups focus on critical elements needed to grow.

The selection process hinges entirely on the commitment level to success that an individual or team holds, as well as the basic business concept. It is open to ideas across all sectors and industries with an understanding of what fits the Charleston region’s business landscape. Understanding that the core competencies for Charleston’s economy lies in Digital, Advanced Security, Aerospace, Healthcare, and Food / Tourism, it is also important to create a business idea that is scaleable and can grow to a national or even world-wide audience.

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center creates cohesion throughout the entrepreneur community of Charleston. The organization provides business owners the ultimate catalyst to launch their business to the next level. It offers an accelerator for startups, a propel program to assist a business that is not quite innovative enough to qualify for the Accelerator, a forum for established entrepreneurs, coworking space and events to engage the entire Charleston business community. For more information visit or call 843.478.7483.

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