Graduates of Hera Labs' accelerator in Chula Vista celebrate at Demo Day.

Graduates of Hera Labs' accelerator in Chula Vista celebrate at Demo Day.

Hera Labs, a San Diego-based business accelerator for women, graduated its largest class to date. At the end of January, 24 women graduated from Hera Labs’ winter 12-week business accelerator program, which gives founders advice on launching, scaling and sustaining their businesses.

“We’re incredibly proud of these graduates and of our partnership with the Women’s Business Center, which allows us to serve more women countywide, regardless of their industry, startup expertise or location,” Hera Labs Founder Silvia Mah said in a news release. “It’s easy for founders to get turned down by traditional business accelerators if their business doesn’t fit a mold, and we’re here to say no, let’s give every viable idea a chance to become a profitable business.”

This year, Hera Labs expanded its accelerator by offering its programming in Chula Vista, at the Imperial Women’s Business Center at Southwestern College, in addition to at Hera Labs’ headquarters in Solana Beach. Each week, entrepreneurs focused on a different skill, including marketing, business development and funding.

This year’s participating companies ranged from fashion companies to photography studios to finance coaches. For example, one of the startups, LeVoile Collection, makes hijab fashion wear

“Having your own business as minority woman is difficult,” LeVoile Founder Rema Abedkader said in a news release. “Hera Labs and Dr. Mah gave me the resources, support and belief to take my vision to where I want it to be.”

To date, Hera Labs has helped launch 150 startups and create 122 local jobs.

Participating companies in the South Bay program include:

• Chic to Wear by Lorena Delgado

• Chillax Finance by Cally Ingebritson

• Domaine Sante by Emily Josenhans

• Fabfindit by Christiance Beckham

• The Goddess Box by Lulu Masha Haynes

• Fifty & Co by Jocylyn Spears and Shannon Neller

• Gator Technologies by Sonia Coyle

• Genius On by Ruth Young-Loaeza

• HBM Talent & Management by Sophia Elena Felix

• Innovations City by Vilavanh Sanginthirath

• Kamshed.com by Sandra Yacura

• Luz Jabiel by Luz Jabiel

• Picture Bakery by Sheryl Marie

• Face Yoga with Koko by Koko Hayashi

• Water Citizen by Dr. Cat Shrier

• Pure Simple Beauty by Rebecca Milicic

Companies in the North County program include:

• Fiyah by Lan Thai

• Make Lively by Susan Lively Klug

• Levoile Collection by Rema Abedkader

• Match Your Need by Fernanda Coelho

• Rachel Evans Group by Rachel Evans

• Redhead Revolution by Katelin Loveless

• Smart Beauty by Dawn Lynch-Goodwin

• Spa Hop by Bianca Hall