Introducing Cohort 10!

Charleston S.C.The Harbor Entrepreneur Center’s accelerator program launched its 10th Cohort this week. For the next three months, Harbor staff will provide eight early-stage companies with a variety of resources to support the continued development of their businesses. Nearly two dozen local entrepreneurs with companies that generate more than $1 million in annual revenue have volunteered to mentor the startups for the next 14 weeks. Cohort 10 began on Monday, August 20th and will culminate in November with at final pitch on the 14th as part of Charleston Angel Conference.

Congratulations to the selected companies: eFundYourHealth, a crowdfunding platform for alternative medicine; ERG Payroll & HR, an HR solutions provider for small businesses; Food Fire + Knives, a culinary entertainment service for local chefs to host dinners at private residences; Juiced Charging, a company that develops mobile group charging batteries; Rheos Gear, a sunglass company with lightweight frames that float in water; RVMR.Unltd, a social streaming service that develops software and hardware for prosumers; Sidekik, an innovative soccer juggling product; and Stash Gourmet, a gourmet dinner service that delivers meals directly to workplace campuses.

More information about the Cohort 10 companies can be found at www.harborec.com/cohort10.

About The Harbor EC: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the entrepreneurial community in Charleston. Our enthusiasm is inspired by the dreamers, makers, and do-ers in our region. We help scalable companies grow through our accelerator for innovative startups, Forum groups for further-stage founders, shared workspace for emerging companies and other powerful resources. The Harbor consistently provides opportunities for local entrepreneurs to collide with other highly motivated, capable and intelligent individuals.

Meet the women-owned businesses of CoHort 9!

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Charleston S.C.The Harbor Entrepreneur Center has partnered with Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston to host the ninth cohort of its business accelerator. Together, they’ve selected ten women owned businesses to go through the 14-week program. Participants are provided with mentorship, weekly curriculum, free workspace, and other resources to help support and grow their businesses. CoHort 9 began on Tuesday, January 30th and will conclude on May 3rd.

The companies of CoHort 9 are as follows: AndMe.TV, a virtual meet and greet platform for musicians; Angling Women, an aquatic education program that is launching fishing accessories; CloudShyft, a cloud-based IT solution company; Holy City Salsa Dance Studio, a Latin dance studio; iParent Education, an education program that helps parents understand the influence that technology has on their children; Plastic Pollution Solutions, a company that helps organizations reduce their single-use plastic footprint; Plein de Vie Art Show, which empowers individuals to host art shows in their own homes; Tango Consulting, a dating and matchmaking service; Traveling Ink, a Charleston-based travel and team building company; and Wellness Beyond Fifty, which provides comprehensive health coaching for people of all ages.

More information about the participating companies, along with contact information, websites, and social media pages can be found at www.harborec.com/cohort-9.

About The Harbor: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston Region. Through an accelerator program for innovative startups, Forum Groups for further-stage founders, high-impact events, and offering workspace throughout the region, The Harbor consistently creates ways to collide the most motivated, smart and capable entrepreneurs. For more information, visit harborec.com.

About Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston: Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston (WEofC) is a for-good, for-profit organization that empowers women to start, grow, and sustain more profitable businesses through entrepreneurial education and founder-to-founder knowledge exchange. Members receive access to quarterly member meetings and a knowledge exchange platform that propels on-demand learning and problem-solving. Live monthly workshops lead by women experts are open to the public ($25 members / $15 non-members). To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit our website womenentrepreneurscharleston.com.

CoHort 8 Final Pitch + Applications For All-Female Cohort Open

 The companies of CoHort practice their final pitches at The Charleston Museum on Nov. 14, 2017.

The companies of CoHort practice their final pitches at The Charleston Museum on Nov. 14, 2017.

Charleston, S.C. The Harbor Entrepreneur Center culminated the eighth cohort of its accelerator initiative on Wednesday. Seven companies graduated from the program with a pitch event at The Charleston Museum. Companies AWaiver, Brass, Case Status, Collective Force, HERMixer, Interloop, and Taste gave five minute pitches for a chance to win an investment from Charleston-based venture capital firm, Good Growth Capital. Interloop was awarded the $25,000 investment for their product that utilizes technologies to help sales organizations better understand their sales forecasts and expedite the processes that go into closing deals. In May of this year, Good Growth Capital also invested in Cohort 7 accelerator company PT on Demand.

As The Harbor approaches 2018, they have partnered with the Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston, an organization that provides by-women-for-women knowledge exchange. This partnership will provide the first of its kind, all-female, cohort as part of The Harbor’s accelerator initiative. Set to launch in January, applicants must have a company or business that is at least 50% women owned in order to be considered for Cohort 9 and be able to participate in the 14-week curriculum. Ideal candidates are looking for a focused way to improve the profitability, scalability, and efficiency of their business.

“We’re coming out of our eighth cohort, which had a strong group of companies from day one. We are proud of all of the work our teams put into the accelerator. Looking to 2018, we want to take this energy and ensure the success of our ninth cohort,” said John Osborne, CoFounder and Director of The Harbor. Osborne stated, “The opportunity to collaborate with WEofC on a joint program with a shared vision of providing the best support available to women entrepreneurs dedicated to growing their business is extremely exciting. The Harbor has seen great success from women owned businesses in prior accelerator cohorts and I look forward to working with what is sure to be a terrific group.”

“It’s about choice," says Melissa Barker, founder of Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston, “As people, and as business owners, we all absorb and learn in different ways. An all-women accelerator is just one more way we’re giving Charleston's entrepreneur community opportunities to invest in the growth of their business.”

*Click here if you want more information about CoHort 9 or if you would like to apply.*

Meet the CoHort 8 participants!

Charleston S.C.The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in Charleston, has selected eight startup businesses to participate in CoHort 8 of its startup accelerator program. The Harbor Accelerator launches companies through a 14-week program with mentorship, weekly curriculum, free workspace, and other valuable resources and support to help grow their business, test the market, and become viable companies. Cohort 8 began on Monday, August 14th and will culminate with a high-impact pitch event at the Charleston Museum.

The Harbor has accepted the following startups into CoHort 8: Envies Flavor Shot, a natural flavoring for cocktails and carbonated beverages; AWaiver, an electronic waiver signing software that enables customers/clients to sign liability waivers prior to arriving at event locations; Interloop, delivers predictive analytics to sales organizations, providing new visibility into forecasts and at-risk deals; Case Status, an app designed to solve the communication disconnect between attorneys and their clients; Green Blox, a lightweight, interlocking alternative to traditional bricks, blocks, and pavers made from 100% upcycled plastic; Brass, simplifies the software evaluation process for businesses and provides free, instantaneous expert recommendations based on their needs; Taste, an app that helps people find the best local places to eat and drink based on favorites; and Collective Force, a mission based company serving local schools, churches, and non-profits through a free mobile fundraising platform.

The startups will present their final pitches on November 15th. More information about the participating companies, along with contact information, websites, and social media pages can be found at www.harborec.com/cohort8.

About The Harbor: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston Region. Through an accelerator program for innovative startups, Forum Groups for further-stage founders, high-impact events, and offering workspace throughout the region, The Harbor consistently creates ways to collide the most motivated, smart and capable entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.harborec.com

The Harbor team grows by two!

Charleston, S.C. The Harbor Entrepreneur Center on boarded two players to their team this summer. New members Alex Cottingham and Jennifer Tyson were hired for positions vital to The Harbor’s continued success.

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Alex Cottingham is taking on the role of TOW MOS (The One Who Masters Our Story) where she handles internal communications and operations, event planning and marketing.

Cottingham has a bachelor’s degree in communication from the College of Charleston and will earn her master’s degree in communication from the College next spring. She was recently a teaching assistant for the Department of Communication and is also involved in several campus organizations where she holds executive positions in most of them.

Jennifer Tyson assumes the title of TOW TAL (The One Who Targets All Loot) and she is responsible for submitting grants, securing sponsorships and national partnerships that are essential to The Harbor.

Tyson has a master’s degree in Education with a focus on Math and Science. Through her board positions on PTA, Girls On the Run, and Shotgun Fairies, she has been fundraising for the last 8 years. As a marathon runner and fitness coach, her motivation and enthusiasm are a great fit for The Harbor’s culture.

These ladies are valuable additions to The Harbor team. Their fun and fast-paced nature will be great assets to support and nurture the entrepreneurial community of Charleston.

About The Harbor: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston Region. Through an accelerator program for innovative startup companies, a Propel program, and Forum Groups for further‐stage founders, high‐impact events, and offering workspace in the region, The Harbor consistently creates ways to collide the most motivated, intelligent, and capable entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.harborec.com.

Meet the teams of Cohort 7!

Cohort 7 Harbor Accelerator

Charleston S.C. – The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in Charleston, has selected eight startup businesses to participate in Cohort 7 of its startup accelerator program. The Harbor Accelerator launches businesses through a 14-week program with mentorship, weekly curriculum, free workspace, and other tremendous resources and support to help grow their business, test the market, and become viable. Cohort 7 began on Monday, January 23rd and will culminate with a high-impact pitch event at DIG SOUTH on April 25th.

The Harbor has accepted the following startups into Cohort 7: Jyve, a live music booking tool that connects musicians to local music venues by streamlining the entire music booking experience; CornerOffice.Network, a confidential and secure compatibility tool helping companies and executives find the right hire; iScape, a garden and landscape design app that is used to easily create and share virtual renderings of outdoor spaces on the go; CostProjections, a platform that provides calculations of future medical costs of injured people for lawyers to use in litigation; Turnkey, a mobile application that helps high-end rental properties engage with residents to make money; PT on Demand, a proprietary platform that delivers personalized therapy regimens to customers directly on their smart device or computer; Citibot, technology that connects citizens with their local governments by integrating with popular apps such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as basic text messaging; and Modal Biotech, a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of biotechnology products that solve real world environmental problems with green technology.

The startups will present their final pitches on April 25th at the fifth annual DIG SOUTH, a multi-day conference highlighting the Southeastern tech industry. More information about the participating companies, along with contact information, website and social media pages can be found at http://www.harborec.com/cohort7.

About The Harbor: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston Region. Through an accelerator program for innovative startups, Forum Groups for further-stage founders, high-impact events, and multiple sites offering workspace throughout the region, The Harbor consistently creates ways to collide the most motivated, smart and capable entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.harborec.com

"Pitch to the People" will feature Harbor Accelerator Cohort 6 Startups

In mid August,  seven startup businesses were selected to participate in The Harbor Entrepreneur Center’s sixth cohort of the Harbor Accelerator Program, a 14-week “bootcamp” for founders of innovative and scalable startups. These seven companies will culminate their participation in the program on November 17th at The American Theater for “Pitch to the People”, Charleston’s first ever pitch event where the audience decides the winner via text-in voting.

Throughout the duration of the Harbor Accelerator program, the following businesses were provided tremendous resources and support to grow their businesses quickly, test the market, and become viable: Mama Lights, Torpsy, Badfish TV, Barista Vending, The Southern Trapper, Rad Tab, and Vaetas. This included free workspace, weekly curriculum sessions, pitch practice, a team of entrepreneur mentors who have each founded and scaled at least one multi-million dollar enterprise, and much more. Each of these startups will take the stage to pitch their business on November 17th and showcase their growth in the program. The event will also feature an appearance pitch by the winner of Launch Pad Charleston's Blast-off Pitch Competition.                

The event will take place from 4-6 PM at the American Theater located at 446 King Street in Downtown Charleston. General Admission tickets are $10 and include one free drink at the after-party from 6-8PM at Republic Garden & Lounge at 462 King Street. Tickets, more information, and a list of sponsorship opportunities can be found at https://bidr.co/events/pitchtothepeople    

About The Harbor: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center a non-profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston region. Through an accelerator program for innovative startup companies, a Propel program & Forum Groups for further-stage founders, high-impact events, and multiple sites offering workspace throughout the region, The Harbor consistently creates ways to collide the most motivated, smart and capable entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.harborec.com.

Announcing companies accepted into The Harbor Accelerator Program: Cohort 6

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CHARLESTON, SC – The Harbor Entrepreneur Center has selected seven startup businesses to participate in Cohort 6 of The Harbor Accelerator Program. The accelerator is a 14­-week high intensity “bootcamp” for founders of innovative and scalable startups. Throughout the duration of the program, the participants are provided tremendous resources and support to grow their businesses quickly, test the market, and become viable. The Cohort 6 startups officially began the program on Monday, August 15th and will culminate on November 15th, 2016.

The Harbor has accepted the following startups to participate in Cohort 6: Vaetas, a software company offering video-­based mobile and web tools for business development;  Mama Lights, a website that provides families LED safety lights and toys that illuminate their active lifestyle; Torpsy, a business toolkit provider which supplies organizations of any size the tools needed to propel their businesses forward; Badfish, a modern media network for the outdoors industry that creates a variety of stimulating content and experiences where outdoorsmen and women can be entertained on all platforms and devices; The Southern Trapper, a company providing consumers with a reliable and safe way to travel with a handgun via heirloom­ quality impenetrable leather goods with accident prevention technology; Radtab, a mobile app that allows bar goers to both open and close their tabs, bringing convenience and peace of mind to their bar­ hopping experiences; Barista Vending, a locally roasted cold brew coffee on tap for offices, resale, catering, events, and more.

The Harbor Accelerator will match each participating startup with free workspace, weekly curriculum sessions, pitch practice, connection to investors and local talent, and a team of entrepreneur mentors who have each founded and scaled at least one multi-­million dollar enterprise. More information about the participating companies, along with contact information, website and social media tags can be found at http://www.harborec.com/cohort6.

About The Harbor: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is a non­-profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston region. Through an accelerator program for innovative startup companies, a Propel program & Forum Groups for further-­stage founders, high ­impact events, and multiple sites offering workspace throughout the region, The Harbor consistently creates ways to collide the most motivated, smart and capable entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.harborec.com.

The Harbor Announces Collaboration with BoomTown

THE HARBOR WILL OCCUPY 8,400 SQ FEET OF BOOMTOWN'S FUTURE HEADQUARTERS ON UPPER PENINSULA

CHARLESTON, SC – BoomTown, a leading real estate sales and marketing technology provider, is anchoring the renovation of an 80,000 square foot warehouse being developed by the Raven Cliff Company on the upper peninsula. The project, referred to as the "Pacific Box & Crate", will serve as the company’s new headquarters and is scheduled to be complete in the last quarter of this year. The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is thrilled to announce their agreement with BoomTown to occupy 8,400 sq feet of the future headquarters in January 2017.

The Pacific Box & Crate project, developed by Stephen Zoukis and Michael Wooddy of the Raven Cliff Company, will transform the warehouse into a modern office space with custom amenities including an Ashley Bell yoga and wellness studio, food hall (headed by Butcher & Bee owner & Harbor Mentor Michael Shemtov), the 20,000 sq ft Edmund's Oast Brewing Company, and several new structures to accommodate additional companies/office users. When completed, the redeveloped site will have 130,000 sq feet of space, including the warehouse.

The Harbor operates multiple sites around the Charleston region providing entrepreneurs the workspace and support they need to move their businesses forward. The new dedicated space in the BoomTown development will increase the amount of workspace infrastructure available in Charleston, and will offer private offices ranging from 200 sq feet to 3,000 sq feet, flexible workspace, meeting rooms, call rooms, and more. The Harbor sees this collaboration as a great model of a win­-win scenario that will continue to strengthen entrepreneurship in Charleston and community development of the upper peninsula.

“At BoomTown we’re committed to driving innovation and passionate about supporting the Charleston tech community," said Grier Allen, CEO & President of BoomTown. “We’re very excited to have The Harbor join us in our new home to help foster our culture of innovative thinking and provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to grow their companies and build the products of the future." John Osborne, Co­Founder and Director of The Harbor, is equally excited about this expansion. "I love everything about this opportunity!” said Osborne. “Elements I love about it include the collaboration with BoomTown, providing additional flexible term infrastructure to the entrepreneurial community, being a part of the new Pacific Box & Crate Development and emerging Upper Peninsula activity. Wins all the way around with this deal."

About BoomTown: BoomTown combines a powerful real estate sales and marketing platform with success management services to help real estate brokerages and teams across the country grow their business and build lifelong relationships with their customers. An established and growing SaaS company dedicated to simplifying and modernizing the business of real estate, BoomTown has nearly a decade of proven results in all stages of a buyer and seller’s journey. The BoomTown real estate sales and marketing solution includes: a customized real estate website integrated with local MLS data, a predictive Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system with real estate marketing automation, client success management—and through its position as the only Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner in the real estate industry—personalized lead generation services. To learn more, visit www.boomtownroi.com.

About The Harbor: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is non‐profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston Region. Through an accelerator program for innovative startup companies, a Propel program & Forum Groups for further‐stage founders, high‐impact events, and multiple sites offering workspace throughout the region, The Harbor consistently creates ways to collide the most motivated, smart and capable entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.harborec.com.

Contact: Jackie McKelvey (jackie@harborec.com) / Lee Bressan (lee@boomtownroi.com

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MUSC FRD and The Harbor Develop “PriMed” Accelerator Program

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 PRIMED SUPPORTS ENTREPRENEURS DEVELOPING PRODUCTS IN THE LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY

CHARLESTON, SC – The MUSC Foundation for Research Development and The Harbor Entrepreneur Center have formed a strategic partnership to help entrepreneurs working on products specifically in the medical device or pharma/bio industries. This new 28-week accelerator program has been named “PriMed” (pronounced “primed”) and will provide entrepreneurs the foundation needed for long-term success of their life science endeavor.

Starting in September of this year, early stage companies will receive tremendous resources critical for growth and success. In alternating weeks, the participating companies will receive two-hour curriculum sessions held at MUSC and led by subject matter experts tailored to the life sciences, one hour meetings with mentors with industry-specific expertise, and constant interaction and connection with other life science startups also trying to grow their business and skill sets.  Ideal candidates for PriMed are early-stage companies developing products in the medical device or pharma/bio industries. Projects in the medical device field will need to have at least CAD drawings of the device, and projects in the therapeutics field will need to have a lead compound identified with in vivo supporting data. Applicants will be selected according to an evaluation of the company’s stage of development, capability of their assembled team, innovation/IP, and compatibility with the mentor, expert, and community resources available.

Companies interested in applying for PriMed or wanting more information should visit http://www.harborec.com/primed-accelerator/

About FRD:  FRD has served as MUSC’s technology transfer office since 1998. During that period, FRD has filed patent applications on more than 400 technologies, resulting in over 150 U.S. issued patents. Additionally, FRD has executed more than 150 licenses and spun out more than 50 startup companies.  MUSC startups have had products approved by the FDA and acquired by publicly traded corporations while attracting substantial investment dollars into South Carolina. Innovations from MUSC, including medical devices, therapies and software, are positively impacting health care worldwide.  For more info on MUSC Foundation for Research Development, visit:  http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/frd/

About The Harbor: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is non‐profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston Region. Through an accelerator program for innovative startup companies, a Propel program & Forum Groups for further‐stage founders, high‐impact events, and multiple sites offering workspace throughout the region, The Harbor consistently creates ways to collide the most motivated, smart and capable entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.harborec.com.                     

Contact: Christine Thiesing Dixon (dixonthi@musc.edu) /  Jackie McKelvey (jackie@harborec.com)