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.”
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