Harbor Entrepreneur Center grads to mentor student entrepreneurs this summer

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center (Staff/File).

YESCarolina and the Harbor Entrepreneur Center announced a partnership Tuesday aimed at supporting innovation among high school students.

YESCarolina is the nonprofit organization that created entrepreneurship programs and competitions in public high schools across the state. For the first time this summer, students who perform well during the County and State Business Plan Competitions will be invited to participate in an accelerator program at the Harbor Entrepreneur Center, a local business incubator.

“YEScarolina has done incredible work with student entrepreneurs for years, so this collaboration makes nothing but sense for both organizations,” said John Osborne, co-founder and director of the Harbor.

Over a six-week course starting July 6, the small group of students will learn basic entrepreneurship skills while perfecting their business plans. Entrepreneurs who have graduated from the Habor program will lead the courses and mentor students. On Aug. 14, the students will pitch their ideas to a panel of business leaders.

“The ultimate goal is to help the students move their big ideas forward and execute their business plans while connecting them with mentors and seed money,” said Jimmy Bailey, YEScarolina founder and executive director.

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