Camelback Ventures

OUR MISSION & VISION

MISSION | Camelback Ventures is an accelerator that identifies, develops, and promotes early-stage underrepresented entrepreneurs with the aim to increase individual and community education, and generational wealth. 

VISION | In twenty years, Camelback will have contributed to a nation of livable communities where everyone has the opportunity for a quality education and a good life.

OUR WORK

GENIUS IS EQUALLY DISTRIBUTED, BUT OPPORTUNITY IS NOT.

We aim to create a more diverse social innovation ecosystem that leverages the genius of all people. We identify local leaders with promising ideas, and empower them to enact change within their communities through our initiatives where we provide an intentional blend of coaching, capital, connections, community, and curriculum.

> Learn more about why and how we do this work in our Strategic Plan
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Read our manifesto, Ruthless for Good, and explore stories from our social entrepreneurs

OUR NAME

New Orleans is the home to Camelback Ventures, and is also said to be the origin of some of the first camelback style homes following the Civil War. Families of the Free Black population resourcefully added a second story to the rear of these shot-gun style houses, creating a structure reminiscent of a camel’s back. We took our name from this innovation, believing we could continue the tradition of using creativity and ingenuity to improve not only our communities, but also lift up and create opportunities for our underrepresented peers.

 

  MAKE SOME NOISE   Photograph by our New Orleans friend, Harlin Miller

MAKE SOME NOISE

Photograph by our New Orleans friend, Harlin Miller

  #BlackLivesMatter Rally   Photograph by our New Orleans friend, Harlin Miller

#BlackLivesMatter Rally

Photograph by our New Orleans friend, Harlin Miller

  The French Quarter   Photograph by our New Orleans friend, Harlin Miller

The French Quarter

Photograph by our New Orleans friend, Harlin Miller

  A Camelback House   Photograph from  New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape  (2003, P.F. Lewis)

A Camelback House

Photograph from New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape (2003, P.F. Lewis)