Our Fellows & Their Ventures

Camelback has worked with over 30 leaders who identify as underrepresented entrepreneurs, helping develop their ventures that make change in their communities. We take pride in supporting first generation college grads and immigrants in our cohorts, with over 90% of our entrepreneurs identifying as people of of color and 55% as women. We believe that entrepreneurs rooted in their community are more likely to create lasting impact, and so we prioritize ventures that are focused on creating change in their cities, neighborhoods, and schools.

After completing the Camelback Fellowship, our entrepreneurs have continued to evolve and thrive. For three years in a row, 3 or more Camelback Fellows have been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 Education and Social Entrepreneurship. Fellows have received recognition and support from prestigious organizations such as the Aspen Institute, Echoing Green, Reach Capital, SXSW Education, J.M. Kaplan Fund, the DRK Foundation, Penn GSE, Teach for America's Social Innovation Award, Education Pioneers’ EPiC Alumni Award, and the Yale School of Management. Fellows have gone on to build their teams, raise over $14 million dollars, and impact their communities.

 
 


2018 Fellows

"Innovative schools that change the lives of all those who enter its classrooms. Tech that’s pushing the envelope for voter empowerment, community safety, early childhood education, careers and generational wealth, and education research. The power of creative education and the arts, founders who emphasize the importance of equitable access in these fields...Orgs that have created thoughtful programming to awaken new modes of thinking for youth and adults alike around civic engagement, immigration, and diversity in the workplace." 

>> Read more in our welcome letter

 
 


 

2017 Fellows

With common threads such as literacy and social justice, our most recent cohort has already built partnerships across the country. Tony is killing the game with his new media literary curriculum (which he recently premiered at fellow Fellow's Hattie's new school). Vincent recently hosted a national convening on the importance of needing more black male educators (hundreds attended, including Sage and Michelle).

  ASHLEY EDWARDS   MindRight   Mental Health EdTech

ASHLEY EDWARDS

MindRight

Mental Health EdTech

  SAGE SALVO   WordsLiive   EdTech : Literacy

SAGE SALVO

WordsLiive

EdTech : Literacy

  VINCENT COBB II   The Fellowship for BMEC   Teacher Development

VINCENT COBB II

The Fellowship for BMEC

Teacher Development

  JAMES KIM   BEAT   Special Ed Tech

JAMES KIM

BEAT

Special Ed Tech

  WISDOM AMOUZOU   The HadaNõu Collective   School Founder

WISDOM AMOUZOU

The HadaNõu Collective

School Founder

  MELANIE RICHARDSON   TrainingGrounds   Family Education

MELANIE RICHARDSON

TrainingGrounds

Family Education

  TYLER BREWSTER   Peer Connect   Social Justice

TYLER BREWSTER

Peer Connect

Social Justice

  MICHELLE CHING   Literator   EdTech : Literacy

MICHELLE CHING

Literator

EdTech : Literacy

  CORY GREENE   H.O.L.L.A.!   Community Advocacy

CORY GREENE

H.O.L.L.A.!

Community Advocacy

  TONY WEAVER, JR.   WeirdEnough Productions   Media Literacy

TONY WEAVER, JR.

WeirdEnough Productions

Media Literacy

  YANNELL SELMAN   P.S. 305   Community Advocacy

YANNELL SELMAN

P.S. 305

Community Advocacy

  HATTIE ARRINGTON   Crete Academy   School Founder

HATTIE ARRINGTON

Crete Academy

School Founder

 
 


 

2016 Fellows

Our second cohort killed it at their graduating Oakland showcase with a crowd of 150. After completing the Fellowship, Charla received her a significant grant for her school, Larry's black male teacher initiative expanded to new cities and states, and Andrew and Nicole were named in Forbes 30 Under 30 for their work on special education and mindfulness (respectively). 

  LARRY IRVIN   Brothers Empowered 2 Teach   Teacher Development

LARRY IRVIN

Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Teacher Development

  SUNNY WILLIAMS   Tiny Docs   Healthcare Media

SUNNY WILLIAMS

Tiny Docs

Healthcare Media

  AMINA YAMUSAH   Our BLOC   Professional Development

AMINA YAMUSAH

Our BLOC

Professional Development

  ANDREW HILL   LiftEd   Special Ed Tech

ANDREW HILL

LiftEd

Special Ed Tech

  NICOLE CARDOZA   Yoga Foster   Mindfulness

NICOLE CARDOZA

Yoga Foster

Mindfulness

  WILLIAM JACKSON   Village of Wisdom   Family Education

WILLIAM JACKSON

Village of Wisdom

Family Education

  BLAIR PIRCON   The Graide Network   Teacher Assistance

BLAIR PIRCON

The Graide Network

Teacher Assistance

  BRYAN LATTIMORE   Supergleu   Professional Development

BRYAN LATTIMORE

Supergleu

Professional Development

  CHARLA HARRIS   Learning by Design School   School Founder

CHARLA HARRIS

Learning by Design School

School Founder

  ERIC ALLEN   Admit.me   College Readiness

ERIC ALLEN

Admit.me

College Readiness

 
 


 

2015 Fellows

Our first cohort holds a special place in our heart. These entrepreneurs took a chance with us, and we are so pleased to see them grow. It's amazing to see where they're at now — Jacob and Jonathan are on the verge of opening the doors to their schools (!), Aimee is in NewProfit's women accelerator, and 5 Fellows from this class have been named in Forbes 30 Under 30 (Jerelyn, Jessica, JonathanLogan, and Marcus). 

  JERELYN RODRIGUEZ   The Knowledge House   Youth Development

JERELYN RODRIGUEZ

The Knowledge House

Youth Development

  MAKEDA RICKETTS   PinkThink   EdTech : Gender

MAKEDA RICKETTS

PinkThink

EdTech : Gender

  MIRTA DESIR   Smart Coos   EdTech : Language

MIRTA DESIR

Smart Coos

EdTech : Language

  LOGAN COHEN   Küdzoo   EdTech : Achievement

LOGAN COHEN

Küdzoo

EdTech : Achievement

  JONATHAN JOHNSON   Rooted School   School Founder

JONATHAN JOHNSON

Rooted School

School Founder

  TINA TRAN NEVILLE   Calolo   College Readiness

TINA TRAN NEVILLE

Calolo

College Readiness

  MARCUS NOEL   Heart of Man   Youth Development

MARCUS NOEL

Heart of Man

Youth Development

  MARGO WRIGHT   Yenko   EdTech : College

MARGO WRIGHT

Yenko

EdTech : College

  AIMÉE EUBANKS DAVIS   Braven   Professional Development

AIMÉE EUBANKS DAVIS

Braven

Professional Development

  JESSICA SANTANA   New York on Tech   Youth Development

JESSICA SANTANA

New York on Tech

Youth Development

  JACOB ALLEN   pilotED   School Founder    

JACOB ALLEN

pilotED

School Founder