In 2021, the Camel Accelerator was founded with the goal of empowering underrepresented founders. This competitive program has now selected its third cohort, with 25 companies joining the 10-week program. More than 45 students will work with founders who are in the process of scaling their business.

Mary Smalling, founder of Banks Bed and Breakfast in Garner, expressed her excitement at being selected for the program and looks forward to working with the students to help her grow and advance in her business. The program offers personal and professional development opportunities for participants, as well as the chance to build deeper and more personal connections within a startup environment.

Scott Kelly, director of entrepreneurship for the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, noted that this year’s program will have a hybrid structure, with weekly Zoom sessions and in-person meetings on Campbell’s main campus. A diverse group of founders from across North Carolina is drawn to participate in the program.

Interested applicants to upcoming cohorts or those seeking more information about program qualifications are encouraged to visit the Camel Accelerator website or contact Scott Kelly at

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