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All-Women Small Business Accelerator Launches Jan 2018
Charleston’s first All-women Business Accelerator launches Jan 2018 in partnership with The Harbor Entrepreneur Center and Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston (WEofC)
Since its inception in 20XX, the Harbor Entrepreneur Center has successfully launched a series of initiatives that deliver on its promise to bring the best resources, tools, and training to Charleston’s entrepreneurial community.
Its Business Accelerator, currently running Cohort 8, provides 8-10 companies with a 14-week curriculum lead by successful mentor entrepreneurs. The goal of the program is to introduce high-impact business concepts that are critical to growing and sustaining a business.
In partnership with the Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston, an organization that provides by-women-for-women knowledge exchange, the two entities will launch the first of its kind all-women accelerator in the form of Cohort 9 in January 2018.
"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,"says John Osborne, co-founder of the The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, on why he decided to dedicate his next Cohort to women and why he felt Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston was the right organization to partner with.
“It's about choice," says 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.”
Applications to join the All-women Business Accelerator opened on Oct 2 and close Dec 31. Program dates are every Wednesday 9:30AM-12PM from January 31 - May 2 at 1505 King St Ext. Eligible businesses must be at least 50% women-owned.