Another group of start-up businesses is on the fast track to get its products to market.
The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Charleston's local business accelerator, has begun its second round of a 14-week program to provide entrepreneur mentorship, free workspace, Internet and power, curriculum sessions and other valuable resources for seven aspiring businesses.
They were accepted into the program after an extensive application process, just like the previous group that went through the program earlier this year.
After graduating, the teams will compete in a pitch event to investors Oct. 30 at the Sottile Theatre.
The seven businesses participating in CoHort2, as the second-round accelerator program is being called, include:
Shuga Bebe Couture, a line of infant products that aims to bring simplicity to parenthood.
Bidr, a silent auction platform designed to let event attendees text their bid for auction items.
Hail Point, an online service that provides hail mapping and analytics for roofers, insurance companies, etc.
BunkRBed, described as a durable, travel-friendly bed engineered to be used in a variety of sleep scenarios.
OpsAssure, a software-as-a-service checklist application designed to improve workflow processes, reduce inefficiencies and provide real-time feedback.
BlokRok, a sun lotion applicator to enable lotion application without getting hands messy.
WorkAway, a web platform that connects those who have idle space to those who need it to work or meet.
More information about the startups can be found at www.harborec.com/cohort2.
Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.