In 2021, the Camel Accelerator was established with the goal of empowering underrepresented founders by providing them with the tools and knowledge needed to grow their businesses. The program has been supported by grants from N.C. IDEA and the RTP Foundation. This year, 25 companies have been selected to join the 10-week program, with more than 45 students set to collaborate with founders who are in the process of scaling their businesses.
One of the participants, 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. For Smalling, the opportunity to collaborate with startups provides a deeper and more personal connection that can lead to growth 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 the evolution of the program and the symbiotic relationship it fosters between students and entrepreneurs.
Interested candidates for upcoming cohorts or those seeking more information about the program’s qualifications are encouraged to visit the Camel Accelerator’s website or contact Scott Kelly at email@example.com.