A diverse group of 25 companies has been selected for the third cohort of the Camel Accelerator, a program established in 2021 to empower underrepresented founders. More than 45 students will collaborate with these founders as they work to scale 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 founded with a mission to provide necessary tools and knowledge to expand ventures, and has received grants from N.C. IDEA and the RTP Foundation to support its efforts. 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, with weekly Zoom sessions and in-person meetings at Campbell’s main campus. Scott Kelly, director of entrepreneurship for the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, noted the evolution of the program and its symbiotic relationship between students and entrepreneurs. Interested candidates for upcoming cohorts or those seeking more information about the program’s qualifications are encouraged to visit