Camp BizSmart team, Safe Slice, with Innovation Partner Slice, Inc. wins 1st place at July 11-22, 2016 session

The first place team for the July 11-22, 2016 session held at Stanford University was Safe Slice, who chose to solve the business case created by Innovation Partner, Slice, Inc. CEO, T. J.Scimone.  The Safe Slice team was made up of members: Ashley Blair, CEO; Luka Angnos, CTO; Karma Samtani, CIO; Anioha Siucho, CSO/VOC; and Om Suchak, CFO.

Safe Slice is an innovative commercial meat slicer designed to prevent injuries while in use.  The goal was to protect workers in the food industry from injuring themselves using  sharp meat slicers.  Their product used the iconic Slice ceramic blade applied in a new product that would address a real problem.  The judges for the July 14 competition, Bill Joos, Bret Cameto, Paul Witkay and Michaela Kastelman, were impressed with the simple, elegant design the students applied to the commercial meat slicer.  They believed that it had potential to be a game changer in the food industry,

Team Safe Slice Product Innovation to address the Slice biz case

Team Safe Slice Product Innovation to address the Slice biz case

Team Safe Slice, winning team for Camp BizSmart July 4-15, 2016 session at Santa Clara University.

Team Safe Slice, winning team for Camp BizSmart July 11-22, 2016 session at Stanford University.

Jusges from left to right Michaela Kastelman, Paul Witkay, Bret Cameto and Bill Joos.

Judges from left to right Michaela Kastelman, Paul Witkay, Bret Cameto and Bill Joos.

In addition to honoring the top team of the competition, Camp Directors and staff also watch for the student that best exhibits the qualities of ZOG: Zest, Optimism and Grit, which are important qualities in a successful entrepreneur.  For this session the student that was noted as having ZOG was:

Camp Director Elian Savodivker with Isabella Palos, the ZOG winner for the July 11-15, 2016 Camp BizSmart session.

Camp Director Elian Savodivker with Isabella Palos, the ZOG winner for the July 11-22, 2016 Camp BizSmart session.

This is the third of five Camp BizSmart competitions in Silicon Valley for Summer 2016.  The additional 4th and 5th competitions will be announced in future blogs so be sure to keep reading.  The Grand Champion our of all 5 of the 1st place teams will also be announced soon.  The Grand Champion will be honored at the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo in November 2016.

Camp BizSmart is the premiere business and entrepreneur academy for young aspiring entrepreneurs.  It was was launched in 2007 and run the first programs in 2008.  To learn more about Camp BizSmart, please see: campbizsmart.org

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