Women Owned Business Accelerator Program Showcase (Cohort 9)


Photography courtesy of Misty Lister

Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston and The Harbor Entrepreneur Center partnered together to launch the first of its kind Women Owned Business Accelerator Program. This co-facilitated program was designed to introduce high impact business concepts through an intense curriculum led by successful mentor entrepreneurs.

14 weeks ago, 9 companies began their journey with us and now they're ready to share their stories:

Cori Banyon

AndMe.tv is a virtual meet & greet platform that helps musicians create fan experiences unlike any other. Using interactive video technology, fans can “get in line," join the virtual stage, and meet their favorite artists face-to-face.

Bebe Harrison

Angling Women provides customized aquatic education programs for families and events. We are also launching a line of fishing accessories designed to help make fishing safer and more personalized. Education programs range from private instruction to birthday parties to corporate events. Programs and gear are designed by a nationally award winning aquatic educator who can tailor programs to fit your group's specific needs.

Cristina Gillaspie and Alex Juncu

When it comes to Cloud, nobody does it like CloudShyft. Once you’re ready to migrate to cloud, we’ll access your current status and tell you what you need to get to where you want to be. We also leverage our cloud services so your IT can be more affordable. In addition to that, our architectures are reliable, secure and will definitely scale across your business.  Let us be your one-stop shop for Cloud.

Georgia Schrubbe

Holy City Salsa Dance Studio is Charleston's home for Latin dance! We specialize in sharing the joy of music, movement and community to people of all ages and skill levels through group and private lessons, events, performances and more. We believe that you don't have to be a "dancer" to dance... all are welcome to become part of the dance family.

Jennifer Bilbro and Layne Kipp

iParent Education empowers parents and protects children in the digital age by arming parents via hands-on classroom education with tips and tricks to not only communicate with their children; but also, to set up and inspect devices their children are using.

Lia Colabello

Plastic Pollution Solutions helps organizations reduce their single-use plastic footprint within their products, packaging, operations, office and events.

Caroline Staley and Marsha Patel

Dalton and Sur is a business that empowers women to host shows in their home twice a year that support local artisans in their area. We have wrapped up everything that the hostess needs to complete a successful show, into an easy to follow software platform. The software will not only process sales, but enable the artisans a new platform to carry on their businesses, even after the show has ended.

Audra Gibson

Traveling Ink is a Charleston based travel and team building company. It’s goal is to help travelers make the most of their Charleston experience, encourage locals to enjoy all the Lowcountry has to offer, and help businesses, teams, and groups of all kinds build community in a fun environment. Traveling Ink researches and tests local tours, attractions, and creative team building options to help craft optimal travel itineraries or growth-oriented group experiences for clients.

Lisa Burbage

Based in Charleston, S.C., Wellness Beyond Fifty, LLC, provides comprehensive health coaching to individuals across North America. Lisa Burbage, founder and president, holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Counseling and is a national board-certified health and wellness coach, NBC-HWC. Focusing on lifestyle changes, she works with individuals of all ages, groups and corporations to inspire, educate, and motivate others to practice healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.


Following the showcase, Startup Grind Charleston will be kicking off its Female Leaders Month with special guest Halle Tecco, founder of Techammer and Rock Health.
Please join us for an evening celebrating women entrepreneurs and show your support for local Charleston businesses.

Special thanks to our Showcase sponsors: Dixon Hughes GoodmaneGroup: Technology Solutions for Serious Competitors, and botkeeper.

Congratulations to the winner of the Showcase and $2,500 grant, Caroline Staley and Marsha Patel of Dalton and Sur!

Melissa Cote