Apply to the Camelback Fellowship

The application for the 2018 Fellowship opens on January 4 at 10am CST. Check back at that time for more information and sign up for updates. 

Looking for the webinar recording? Check out the last FAQ below.

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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; Round 1 will be available here at starting January 4. 

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. 

Register for our informational webinar on 12/19 at 3pm central - all registrants will receive a copy of Round 1 questions early!

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.



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 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. 



What should I do between now and January 4?


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There are a few targeted ways that you can help your venture evolve before our next application: 1. work on building traction in your community, 2. gather and incorporate user feedback, and 3. begin to build an impactful and balanced team.

We also recommend the following resources:

CB Insights: The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail

The Google Ventures 5-Day Design Sprint technique



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. 



Explore our directory of previous Camelback Fellows and ventures, and see if there's someone in your city or field to whom you could reach out. Fellows are the best resource for learning what it's actually like to be in the Fellowship. 



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.