The third cohort of the Camel Accelerator has been chosen through a competitive process, with 25 companies joining the 10-week program. More than 45 students will collaborate with founders who are in the process of scaling their businesses. Mary Smalling, founder of Banks Bed and Breakfast in Garner, expressed her excitement about being selected for the program and is eager to work with the students to help her grow and excel in her business.
The Camel Accelerator was founded in 2021 with a mission to empower 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 played a crucial role in supporting the program’s growth.
Alissa Sclafani, a senior marketing major from Cary, highlighted the personal and professional growth opportunities that come with working with startups. She emphasized the deeper and more personal connections that can be built within a startup environment as well as the opportunity to grow alongside the business.
This year’s program will feature a hybrid structure, combining 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. Scott Kelly, director of entrepreneurship for the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, noted how much has evolved since its first year and stressed how beneficial it is for both students and entrepreneurs to have this symbiotic relationship.
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