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


Feb 12, 2024

The Camel Accelerator, a 10-week program, has selected 25 companies to participate in its third cohort. Over 45 students will have the opportunity to collaborate with founders who are scaling their businesses. 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.

Established in 2021 with the support of grants from N.C. IDEA and the RTP Foundation, the Camel Accelerator aims to empower underrepresented founders by providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge to expand their ventures.

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 the potential customers. It’s a great opportunity to grow alongside the business.

The program 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. The program offers mutual learning and growth opportunities.

The Camel Accelerator is inviting interested candidates for upcoming cohorts or those seeking more information about the program’s qualifications to visit their website or contact Kelly at skelly@campbell.edu.

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