Apply to the Camelback Fellowship

The application for the 2018 Fellowship is live!

The deadline to apply is January 25 at 2pm CST. To start the application, click the button below.

This informational hub includes resources, tips, info, and opportunities below -- keep scrolling and use the FAQ to check it out.  

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who is eligible for the camelback fellowship?

  • Underrepresented entrepreneurs, primarily people of color and women. This includes but is not limited to entrepreneurs identifying as Black, Latinx, East Asian, South Asian, Native, and/or Indigenous.

  • Education and social impact ventures, including nonprofits, for-profits, hybrids, and schools. This year, we are particularly interested in supporting ventures focused on personalized learning, innovative school models, and advocacy.

  • Any venture based in an American city. We believe our founders make the most impact by staying in their communities. While Camelback is based out of New Orleans, we support you where you work. 

 
 

 

What is the timeline and process for applying?

The entire application process will be online. To access the application, click here

The application consists of three rounds. Round 1 will be written short answers with basic questions about your entrepreneurial journey and your venture. Round 2 will be written short answers that delve deeper into organizational details (like team composition and dynamics, market fit, your current and proposed budgets). Round 3 is a video interview with industry experts that challenges applicants to think about their personal development and organizational impact. 

Below, we have an included a graphic that breaks the process down in detail. We have also made an accessibility-friendly, extra-printer-ready document version that is black and white and text-only.

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What is it like to be a Camelback Fellow?

We feel that our Fellows tell it best. We encourage you to watch the videos below (one from 2016, and one from 2017), and read their stories on our blog. 

IN VIDEO

 

IN WRITING

For more stories from Fellows, check out our Ruthless for Good series: 

 
 

 

what does the fellowship program actually include? 

The Camelback Fellowship is a 6-month long program. The Fellowship serves as a pre-accelerator for our ventures; our aim is to provide the equivalent of a friends & family round in combination with a tight-knit community and knowledge. Camelback has cultivated a thoughtful entrepreneurial curriculum over the last few years, specifically built for early stage, underrepresented founders.

This curriculum is delivered largely through three mandatory summits: (1) New Orleans, April 24 - 27, 2018 (2) New York, June 26 - 29, 2018; (3) Oakland, September 24 - 27, 2018. Fellows travel from around the country to convene; Fellows often say that the time with the Camelback family is one of the most impactful elements of the program. Summits on average are four days long, and the final summit culminates with a community showcase. For more on what it's like to be a Fellow, click here

In addition to community, Camelback also provides coaching, capital, and connections. Fellows have a dedicated venture coach who meets with them 1:1 regularly over the course of the program to provide expert advice and thought partnership. Ventures receive up to $40,000 in investment; nonprofits and schools receive this as a grant, and for-profits and hybrids receive this as a convertible note. Camelback also creates opportunities, during and after the Fellowship, to connect Fellows with industry professionals, investors, quality consultants, potential partner orgs, and other awesome people. 

 
 

 

Do you have any advice or resources to help me make a strong application? 

Yes! We recommend starting off with two of our blog posts written specifically to help aspiring applicants.

 

Additionally, we recommend checking out the two pieces linked below to help you develop your venture. 

CB Insights: The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail

The Google Ventures 5-Day Design Sprint technique

 

GET TO KNOW CAMELBACK

Our blog is the easiest way to get to get a sense of what we’re about. We feature Fellows in short interviews to share advice and experiences, and our team and Entrepreneurial Engineers write thought pieces on topics that matter to us. 

 
 

 

How can I recommend someone for the Fellowship?

If you know someone who you think would be a great Camelback Fellow, let us know! We appreciate hearing about new ideas and people from our networks. To submit a nomination, fill out our Contact form with the nomination category.

 
 

 

Can I watch the recorded webinar?

Yes you can! The first part is an informational overview, and Q&A begins round 14:00. 

 
 

 

Can I talk to a previous camelback fellow?

*NEW OPPORTUNITY, LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
For the 2018 application cycle, we're trying something new. We want to give candidates the opportunity to talk directly to a previous Camelback Fellow. This is an optional opportunity for applicants to learn more about the Fellowship experience, not as a means to improve their application (i.e. this is not a phone interview). 

We have three Fellow Ambassadors for Round 1 of the application, one from each organization type we serve (schools, nonprofits, and for-profits). Candidates can request one 20-minute phone call with one of the Fellow Ambassadors, and our team will set up an email connection.*  

Fellow Ambassadors are still busy running their organizations, so there is limited availability for phone calls, but we will try our best to match all interested candidates with the opportunity to talk.

*Fellow Ambassadors will coordinate with you on a time that works for them.


 
 
Your name *
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In 2-3 sentences, tell us a little bit about where you're located and about your venture, so that way we can share this prep information with Fellow Ambassadors. If you have a website, please include it here.
Fellow Ambassador Request *
We will try our best to match you with a Fellow Ambassador aligned to your work-stream, but due to the busy schedules of our Fellow Ambassadors, we cannot guarantee availability. To maximize the opportunity for all candidates to talk with a Fellow Ambassador, candidates will only be matched with one Fellow Ambassador to chat with.