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The application for the 2020 Fellowship will open in mid-August 2019..

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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, Southeast Asian, Native, and/or Indigenous.

  • Organizations with a primary focus on education, including nonprofits, for-profits, hybrids, and schools. This year, we are particularly interested in supporting ventures focused on innovative school models and policy & advocacy organizations.

  • Any organization based in the U.S.A. We believe our founders make the most impact by staying in their communities — our program does not require you to move anywhere.
    We unfortunately cannot support international ventures; please see our FAQ for more information.



What is the timeline and process for applying?

The application is entirely online and consists of three rounds. Round 1 contains written short and long answers with straightforward questions about your entrepreneurial journey and your venture. Round 2 will be written short answers that delve deeper into organizational details (such as team, recommendations, market fit, and budgets). Round 3 is a video interview with industry experts that challenges applicants to think about their personal development and organizational impact. 

Please review our up-to-date application timeline below for details. Please keep in mind that dates here are always subject to change; Camelback is a startup too! We will always announce date changes and other need-to-know information in emails to candidates.

  • ROUND 1 - Round 1 opened in October 2018 with a priority deadline, and closed after Thanksgiving 2018

  • ROUND 2 - Semi-Finalists were announced in late December 2018; they had until January 9 at 2pm central to complete Round 2

  • ROUND 3 - Estimated that Round 3 Finalists will be announced on January 28, 2019. Finalists will be video interviewed through February. Camelback will then complete due diligence and re-review all rounds of applications.

  • FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT - Estimate that we will announce all Fellows by March 8, 2019



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. 






what does the fellowship program actually include? 

The Camelback Education Fellowship offers support for entrepreneurs of color and women through:

  • Coaching - 1:1 relationship with Startup Coach who creates a road map with each leader and helps meet goals

  • Capital - ventures receive up to $40,000 in our “friends and family” round. For-profits and hybrids receive as a convertible note; nonprofits and schools receive as grants

  • Connections - meetings with investors, potential partners and customers, and content experts

  • Community - tight-knit experience with cohort as well as extended Camelback family (including past and present Fellows and Startup Coaches, as well as friends who can’t wait to support new Fellows)

  • Curriculum - an intense program we’ve created to empower early stage entrepreneurs

This experience is delivered through our Summits: one in New Orleans, New York, and Oakland:*

  • Summit 1: March 25, 2019 to March 29, 2019

  • Summit 2: June 10, 2019 to June 14, 2019

  • Summit 3: September 9, 2019 to September 13, 2019

Fellows travel from around the country to convene; Fellows often say that this intensive time of growth with the Camelback family is one of the most impactful elements of the program. The Summits are a mandatory part of program. Summits on average are four days long, and the final summit culminates with a showcase. For more on what it's like to be a Fellow, scroll up!

*Dates and locations were confirmed in early January 2019.



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

Yes! We wrote this blog post to specifically to help you create a great application:



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 coaches write thought pieces on topics that matter to us. 




Yes! We recorded a webinar on October 22, 2018 that is largely Q&A — feel free to check this out and our FAQ document for more questions. If you have more questions, please email



How do I know if I’m a good fit or at the right stage for the Fellowship?

We get this question many times every year, and it’s hard to answer because it varies depending on the organization. We have tried to create a resources to help you answer that. We encourage you to review our FAQ document, take our new quick quiz, and read the blog post below. If none of those help you, please email with information about your venture and why you’re unsure.