The third cohort of the Camel Accelerator has been chosen through a competitive process, with 25 companies joining the 10-week program. Over 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, is thrilled to be part of the program and looks forward to working with the students to help her business grow.
The Camel Accelerator was established 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 helped support the program. Alissa Sclafani, a senior marketing major from Cary, emphasized the personal and professional growth opportunities that come with working with startups. She highlighted the deeper and more personal connections that can be built within a startup as well as the opportunity to grow alongside the business.
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. Scott Kelly, director of entrepreneurship for the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, noted how much the program has evolved over time and how it fosters a symbiotic relationship between students and entrepreneurs.
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