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What is The Harbor Accelerator?

The Harbor Accelerator is a business accelerator program designed for entrepreneurs. Co-founders John Osborne and Patrick Bryant launched the non-profit initiative in September 2013. Its mission is to provide promising entrepreneurs the resources and support needed to grow quickly, test the market quickly, and become viable.

With the vision of building scale-able businesses for the Charleston region, The Harbor Accelerator has selected a cohort of 8 start-up companies, out of 160 applicants, to participate in its intense 14-week mentorship program. The start-ups began the program January 2nd and are continuing through April 10th. During this time these young companies are being introduced to high-impact business concepts by 24 proven entrepreneur mentors. Each member of the cohort has been strategically paired with a mentor team that is providing critical guidance throughout the 14-week program. The cohort has also been connected to experts specializing in the various aspects of business ranging anywhere from accounting to systems engineering.

These start-ups will be pitching for investment Dig South Wild Pitch event on April 10th. For more information about the event visit http://www.digsouth.com/event/wild-pitch/.

This press release is intended to introduce the 8 start-ups who have been selected as the first cohort.

Who are the 8 start-ups?

Snapcastr

Sean Stewart and Brian Tice are the co-founders of Snapcastr. Their mobile app service helps events entertain their audience, boost social media presence, and actively showcase their sponsors all in live-time. Event attendees are able to share their experience through pictures and comments on large video display screens during the event. The content is then saved in an online gallery for use after the event.

Tarian Orthotics

Tarian Orthotics seeks to reduce the limitations of an estimated 5 million Americans that suffer from shoulder dislocation. Riley Csernica and Chelsea Ex-Lubeskie, both graduates of the Clemson University M.S. in Bioengineering program, have developed a shoulder stabilizer brace specifically designed for athletes of high-impact sports. Their product is revolutionary in that it does not restrict shoulder mobility while still reducing the risk of dislocation in post-shoulder injury patients.

Dynepic


Dynepic, LLC is a Charleston-based product design firm. The company is 100% women owned, veteran owned, and focused Ideation and Rapid Prototyping. In July 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded them with a contract to develop SensiBots, a wireless engineering toy for children ages 5-12. SensiBots are a unique family of sensor-based toys that have the ability to communicate to each other via Bluetooth technology. Owners can also download a Command Center app on their smartphone or tablet in order to understand and interpret their Bots’ surroundings. SensiBots provide a new and educational way for children to engage their environment them while instilling foundational knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Eatabit.com


Eatabit.com provides new channels for restaurants to take customer orders through their cellular-based printers. Greg Oleksiak, Stewart Moore, and Tim Taylor have streamlined the order-placing process for customers not dining-in at a restaurant by allowing them to text their order directly into the restaurant. Their unique system bypasses the inconvenience of traditional telephone ordering and inconsistency of placing orders online.

Engineered Marine Coatings


Engineered Marine Coatings began with the sole purpose of developing a technically superior product line to provide a durable, easy-to-apply marine finish system with an unbeatable appearance. Their technical staff has over 50 years combined experience in aerospace, marine, and industrial coatings paired with the expertise and ability to tailor products for specific applications. The company believes that their customers’ needs are of the utmost importance, so they’ve assembled an outstanding team that is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a large percentage of their business comes from repeat customers or referrals. All of products are proudly made in South Carolina.

Trilogyz


Trilogyz Wireless, Inc. joins The Harbor Accelerator from Houston, Texas. The motivated young team of entrepreneurs creates multiple product lines of wireless Bluetooth headsets unique to the varying types of consumer needs. Their devices, ranging from small ear-buds to full-size interference-blocking headphones allow consumers to stream music wirelessly and free from any audio device. The company seeks to change the way people listen to audio and disrupt the industry, as is reflected in their motto: Retire the wire!

Bublish

Bublish connects readers and writers in their award-winning social book discovery and commerce platform. After their prototype won the prestigious O’Reilly Tools of Change Publishing Startup Competition in 2012, the company was invited to by the International Digital Publishing Forum to launch the Bublish platform at Book Expo America in New York City. Their goal is to provide a complete, automated and integrated publishing solution – from book creation and conversion to promotion, marketing, sales and brand building. Bublish makes it easier for authors and publishers to reach their fans and convert them into life-long fans.

FieldLinc

FieldLinc is an inspection management platform that streamlines the cumbersome workflow of the field service industry. Their software, a combination of native applications and web service that allows for both mobile and PC users reduces data entry time. Accuracy of results and oversight of field representatives is ensured through GPS referencing. Orders can be created, tracked, edited and deleted in a touch-enabled environment. Users can handle every aspect of client management and immediately synchronize all changes to keep information up to date.

For questions and inquiries about The Harbor Accelerator please contact Colin – communications director – at team@theharboraccelerator.com

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