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Catamaran taps second round of startups

Harrisburg technology accelerator Catamaran has selected a second group of startup companies it plans to help get off the ground, starting this month.

Developed by the leaders at design agency Andculture, the early-stage startup accelerator will include three companies in its second cohort. Catamaran graduated its first cohort of companies in the spring.

Companies in the next round are:

• Cope Mosaic – A platform providing information and guidance for those who have lost a loved one and need assistance navigating the deceased settlement process.

SubX – An application aimed at addressing the labor shortage in the construction industry by helping contractors find quality subcontractors and subcontractors to keep their schedules full.

Gnomesy – A wellness and gardening service that takes the time and guesswork out of planning and maintaining a customized green space through regular deliveries of plants and related products.

Catamaran will work with the companies to refine their business models and facilitate the launch of an initial product or service offering.

Each company will go through a rigorous instruction process and collaborate with practitioners experienced in supporting startup companies.

Over the course of three months the companies will receive customized design, engineering, and consulting services from Andculture, Catamaran and its business partners which include: Gift CPAsNell McCormack Abom Communications, law firm Penwell Bowman Curran LLC and Sandler Training.

“I am excited to be working with Catamaran over the next few months to develop a product for market. I believe that their human-centered approach to design and product development will provide the platform Gnomesy needs as we seek to deliver subscription gardening in a way that meets a market need,” Joella Gamon, founder of Gnomesy, said.

During the program, Dana Willard, the founder of Cope Mosaic, based in Campbelltown, hopes to develop more tools to help people through the struggles of the grieving process.

“Being part of Catamaran will help me grow as an entrepreneur and develop my own skills to further my business.  I am looking forward to mentorship, a community support system and the ideas and values all being offered in this cohort,” said Willard.

Shelby White
Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at swhite@cpbj.com.

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