In 2021, the Camel Accelerator was founded with a mission to support underrepresented founders in expanding their ventures. The program has received grants from N.C. IDEA and the RTP Foundation, which have been instrumental in its success. This year, 25 companies have been selected to join the 10-week program, with more than 45 students collaborating with founders who are scaling their businesses.
Mary Smalling, founder of Banks Bed and Breakfast in Garner, is excited about being chosen for the program and looks forward to working with the students to help her grow and excel in her business. Alissa Sclafani, a senior marketing major from Cary, highlights the personal and professional growth opportunities that come with working with startups, emphasizing the deeper and more personal connections that can be built within a startup environment.
Scott Kelly, director of entrepreneurship for the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business at Campbell University, notes that this year’s program will feature a hybrid structure with weekly Zoom sessions and in-person meetings at Campbell’s main campus. A diverse group of founders from across North Carolina has been attracted to participate in the program.
Interested candidates for upcoming cohorts or those seeking more information about the program’s qualifications can visit the Camel Accelerator’s website or contact Scott Kelly at email@example.com.