The third cohort of the Camel Accelerator has been selected, 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 chosen for the program and is looking forward to working with the students to help her grow and excel in her business.
The Camel Accelerator 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 program. This year’s program will feature a hybrid structure, with weekly Zoom sessions and in-person meetings at Campbell’s main campus.
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, as well as the opportunity to grow alongside the business. 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