Christin Marshall Appointed Executive Director Of EforAll Cape Cod
By LINDA MARIA STEELE
August 7, 2018
Christin J. Marshall of Bourne has been appointed executive director of EforAll, a nonprofit that brings people and institutions together to encourage entrepreneurship.
“I am an entrepreneur geek. It is so much fun to support new ideas and to help entrepreneurs start a business,” Ms. Marshall said.
She was first introduced to EforAll when on a whim she decided to attend one of its pitch contests. A pitch contest is an event at which participants tell of a new business idea and mentors and entrepreneurs grade them.
She did not win that first pitch contest but the experience instilled in her a passion for entrepreneurship.
When she and David M. Quinn got married, they held their wedding ceremony and reception at Camp Hayward in Sandwich. “We rented out an entire summer camp and the guests had the time of their lives,” she said.
She decided to apply to the year-long entrepreneur accelerator program with an idea to create a business that runs summer camps for adults. She called it Camp Time Out. Camp Time Out rents properties of existing summer camps for children and turns them into adventures for adults.
“Since our wedding party loved the idea, I thought there were probably other adults who might enjoy a camp experience too,” Ms. Marshall said.
She was accepted into the accelerator program for the winter of 2016-2017 at EforAll’s New Bedford location. She commuted from Falmouth to New Bedford throughout the year-long accelerator program.
The accelerator program offered a team of three mentors for support. “Starting a business can be a lonely process,” Ms. Marshall said “The support and feedback I received was incredible.”
“People involved in the accelerator program can even win cash prizes for startup costs,” Ms. Marshall said.
Camp Time Out offers a series of adult summer camp weekends for the cross fit community. “Camp Time Out fills a very specific niche,” Ms. Marshall said. It fits a super targeted fitness group. It is summer camp for adults. There’s everything you did at summer camp as a kid. But this is for adults. From BB gun shooting, archery, rock climbing, hiking, swimming and basketball.”
Ms. Marshall was able to develop her new business concept quickly through the accelerator program. She started the accelerator program in December 2016 and by June 2017 Camp Time Out held two adult camp weekends in the Berkshires. In May 2018, Camp Time Out held its third camp in Palmyra, Virginia.
Impressed with what EforAll accomplished in New Bedford, Ms. Marshall jumped at the opportunity to manage an EforAll division on the Cape.
Now that she is the executive director of the Cape Cod division, she hired her sister Cara Cowden to take over administration and operations of Camp Time Out.
Ms. Marshall said she will remain involved in the development of Camp Time Out but her focus now is on expanding EforAll to Cape Cod.
The next Camp Time Out is scheduled for August 31 to September 2 in Deckers, Colorado. “The upcoming camp in Colorado is our best attended yet with more than 50 campers registered so far,” Ms. Marshall said.
Her plan as EforAll executive director is to encourage people to get involved from Bourne and Falmouth all the way out to Provincetown.
“If you have ideas, we want you,” Ms. Marshall said.
Her office for EforAll Cape Cod division is in Hyannis at Cape Space. She says, “I spend so much time out in the community talking to people and meeting at places like Coffee O and other community spaces throughout Cape Cod.”
Ms. Marshall will host the first EforAll Capd Cod Pitch contest on August 23 from 6 to 8 PM at Cape Space, 100 Independence Drive, Hyannis.
Applications for the 12-month accelerator program are due by Sunday, August 26.
Ms. Marshall and her husband recently bought a home in Monument Beach which they are currently renovating. They are living in an apartment in downtown Falmouth until their home is ready to move into.