Empowering Underrepresented Founders: The Camel Accelerator Expands with Support from N.C. IDEA and RTP Foundation


Business Students Provide Support to Third Cohort of Entrepreneurs in Camel Accelerator – News

In 2021, the Camel Accelerator was established with the support of grants from N.C. IDEA and the RTP Foundation, with the goal of empowering underrepresented founders by providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge to expand their ventures. Over 45 students will have the opportunity to collaborate with founders who are scaling their businesses through the program’s third cohort.

One of the participants, Mary Smalling, founder of Banks Bed and Breakfast in Garner, expressed her enthusiasm about joining the program and working with students to learn, grow, and excel in her business. Smalling believes that having fresh eyes on her business will bring new ideas, great discussions, and a plan for succeeding in the future.

Senior marketing major Alissa Sclafani from Cary highlighted the personal and professional growth opportunities that come with working with startups. She believes that working with a startup offers an opportunity for deep and personal connections with everyone on board and potential customers. It’s a great opportunity to grow alongside the business.

The Camel Accelerator will maintain 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. The director of entrepreneurship for the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, Scott Kelly, stated that the Camel Accelerator has created a symbiotic relationship between students and entrepreneurs by offering mutual learning and growth opportunities.

Interested candidates for upcoming cohorts or those seeking more information about the program’s qualifications can visit their website or contact Kelly at skelly@campbell.edu if they wish to become part of this exciting opportunity for personal growth as well as business expansion

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