5/29/2014 2:45:18 PM
After having helped eight startups move their business ideas to reality this year, The Harbor Accelerator is accepting applications for its second 14-week business accelerator program. Designed with the entrepreneur in mind, this free program is about building scale-able businesses for the Charleston region.
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.
Successful startups from the inaugural program include Snapcastr, a free mobile app that transfers audience pictures and comments to a big screen during an event; Tarian Orthotics, which developed a shoulder brace to lower the risk of dislocations in individuals looking to return to high-impact activities post-injury; and Eatabit.com, which allows online order takers to print orders to purpose-built cellular printers placed directly inside the restaurant.
The Harbor Accelerator program introduces high-impact business concepts during an intense curriculum led by mentor entrepreneurs, while gleaning invaluable insights from proven business leaders. The team 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.
These mentors will walk side by side with the selected businesses to keep them focused on the critical elements needed to grow their business.
Those selected to participate in the 14-week program will receive the following:
- Access to weekly meetings with members of our mentor network.
- Access to the director and lead mentor throughout your time in the program.
- Educational material and 90 minutes of structured, real world applicable weekly classes.
- The opportunity to develop a team of advisers.
- Invitations to the weekly mentor meetings for 12 months after completion of the program.
- Free workspace, which includes Wi-Fi, parking, printer, copier and conference room.
- Introductions to investors and growth capital sources for your next round of funding.
- Invitation to pitch your business at a "pitch day" event on Oct. 30.
"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 John Osborne, co-founder & director of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center. "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.
"The community support is clearly there for The Harbor Accelerator program and is increasing daily," he added. "New proven entrepreneur mentors, additional specialty experts, and increased resources are all signing up to support Cohort 2."
Interested businesses should apply online at harborec.com by June 30. 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.