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In 2021, the Camel Accelerator was established with a mission to empower underrepresented founders by providing them with the tools and knowledge necessary to scale their ventures. The program has been successful in attracting a diverse group of founders from across North Carolina, and this year’s cohort is no exception.

Twenty-five companies have been selected to join the 10-week program, with more than 45 students collaborating with founders who are in the process of scaling their businesses. Mary Smalling, founder of Banks Bed and Breakfast in Garner, is excited about being chosen for the program and is looking forward to working with the students to help her grow and excel in her business.

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. 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 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 skelly@campbell.edu.

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