A diverse group of 25 companies has been selected for the third cohort of the Camel Accelerator, a 10-week program that empowers underrepresented founders by providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge to expand their ventures. Mary Smalling, founder of Banks Bed and Breakfast in Garner, expressed her excitement about being chosen for the program and is looking forward to working with the students to help her grow and excel in her business.
The program was established in 2021 with the mission of empowering underrepresented founders by providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge to expand their ventures. Grants from N.C. IDEA and the RTP Foundation have been instrumental in supporting the Camel Accelerator.
Scott Kelly, director of entrepreneurship for the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business at Campbell University, noted that this year’s program will feature a hybrid structure, with weekly Zoom sessions and in-person meetings at Campbell’s main campus. This allows for both flexibility and opportunities for deeper connections between students and entrepreneurs.
Alissa Sclafani, a senior marketing major from Cary who has participated in previous cohorts, highlighted the personal and professional growth opportunities that come with working with startups. She emphasized how startups allow for deeper, more personal connections within a business environment as well as opportunities for growth alongside the company.
Those interested in participating in upcoming cohorts or learning more about the program’s qualifications can visit the Camel Accelerator’s website or contact Scott Kelly at email@example.com.