Education Fellows & Their Ventures
Since 2015, Camelback has worked with 65+ 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, collectively raise over $26 million dollars, and impact their communities.
“This list of 14 education leaders includes dirt bikes, video games, and foster care. It includes previous applicants who we are thrilled to see again (hi Shanté, Elijah, Marvin, and Cory!). It includes individuals who, fresh from college, are now founders, and career educators who are ready to take the big jump and start their very own school. It includes ventures in areas we’ve never worked in before, such as Birmingham, Atlanta, and rural North Carolina. These for-profits, nonprofits, hybrids, and schools are led by passionate, determined people of color. Welcome to the family.”
Learn about our current cohort in our welcome letter.
LOCAL ECONOMIES PILOT
Camelback ran a pilot for our new Local Economies track, a program we called the Good Jobs Initiative. We supported five mission-aligned local business owners in New Orleans with an intensive program. Learn more about them here.
"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."
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).
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).
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, Jonathan, Logan, and Marcus).