A competitive process has resulted in the selection of the third cohort of the Camel Accelerator, with 25 companies joining the 10-week program. More than 45 students will collaborate with founders who are in the process of scaling 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 established in 2021 with a mission to empower underrepresented founders by providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge to expand their ventures. Grants from N.C. IDEA and the RTP Foundation have been instrumental in supporting the program’s growth.
One of this year’s participants, Alissa Sclafani, a senior marketing major from Cary, highlighted the personal and professional growth opportunities that come with working with startups. She emphasized how deeper and more personal connections can be built within a startup environment as well as the opportunity to grow alongside