Volunteer Brings Junior Achievement Back to Camelback

Posted by Community Relations Department on 5/9/2012 12:00:00 PM

The Camelback marketing department has caught the entrepreneurial bug, thanks to the involvement of super volunteer Scott McIntosh.  He has brought Junior Achievement back to the campus, and has fostered entrepreneurship among the junior and senior students in marketing teach Julia Bourdo’s classes.  It culminates with a business plan contest called Conscious Capitalism in Action.  Twenty-two students started the contest, and on May 10, 15 finalists will get 90 seconds to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges from the business community.  On the line are $17,000 in scholarships, provided by McIntosh, which will be awarded to six students.  A written business plan has already been judged, worth 70%, but now comes the oral “pitch” to possible “angel investors” or venture capitalists.  Two $5,000 scholarships, a $3000 and a $2,000 scholarship will be available for the 12 seniors competing, and two $1000 scholarships will be available for the juniors.   Among the businesses pitched are a brag book called “Memories”; a shoe store that sells new shoes, and re-furbishes old shoes that are traded in; “Poi-fit” fire dancing exercise program; a customized piñata business and a company that makes attractive hospital gowns. 


McIntosh is a retired miner and civil engineer who sold his company and became involved in  Social Venture Partners, which has partnered with Camelback.  He began as a guest speaker and now comes to the school once a week.  He has energized the students with several projects and entrepreneurial experiences. He is passionate about Conscious Capitalism, developing businesses that are sustainable because they have a higher purpose of improving lives while performing financially.