Strategic Partners

The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites global teams of high school students (ages 13-18) to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship, as they work together to design the future. Student teams create products/services to solve a current challenge in one of the four categories: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, and Health & Nutrition. The competition culminates in the final round, the Spirit of Innovation Summit, held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on April 25-28. At Summit, the top 5 teams in each category pitch their ideas to a live panel of expert judges and network with top industry professionals and students from across the globe. The top team in each category is named a Pete Conrad Scholar, the top honor of the competition.

The founders of Camp BizSmart are honored to be judges for the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge and to present a special award to Pete Conrad Scholars. As a complimentary organization we encourage students who are participating to also participate in one of the many Camp BizSmart product innovation and business pitch sessions. Camp BizSmart also encourages our students to consider competing in the Conrad Innovation Challenge to have additional opportunities to test their entrepreneurial skills.


Precourt Energy Efficiency Center focuses on the demand side of energy markets and economically efficient reductions in energy use or energy intensity. As a Stanford University research institute, PEEC draws upon intellectual resources from the entire university. At the core of the Precourt Center is an increasing number of faculty-led research teams including graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Research teams include researchers and analysts from across the university, bringing expertise from many different disciplines.


Microsoft has been a valued partner of Camp BizSmart since 2007 and we are pleased to have the US Microsoft Startup team join in this partnership. Microsoft’s US Startup team manages all Startup related outreach across the US through partners such as Techstars, 500 Startups, Grand Central Tech, MassChallenge, 1871, and Y Combinator. They work with early stage startups providing them the tools (BizSpark, etc.), resources, knowledge and expertise startups need to succeed. The goal is to help startups scale their business, bring innovative services to market, and reach new customers. Together with Microsoft’s support we are helping nurture the ambition kids bring to the Camp BizSmart programs.


Piggybackr is passionate about empowering young people to achieve their goals, to take action from an early age, and to help youth and their communities raise funds more effectively. Piggybackr provides youth a way to fundraise in the 21st century that is: fun, educational, effective, and a joint effort among friends, family, local businesses, and companies passionate about supporting youth.

Piggybackr has been designed to teach young people of all ages and backgrounds how to fundraise by providing tangible actions, resources, encouragement, and the chance to display their hard work, passion, and learning. It’s not just about raising the most money. It’s about building relationships, rallying supporters, and having the courage to take action and persevere. Piggybackr hopes to support the next generation of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and innovators who will boldly lead us forward.


WAGIC is an award-winning creative services firm specializing in bringing tangible and virtual assets to the marketplace for itself, and its clients. The company has over 54 patents in its own portfolio, and over the past 25 years, the firm has assisted many Silicon Valley companies in innovating successful product lines.


The worldwide leader in networking has transformed how people connect, communicate, and collaborate. Cisco provided the site for Camp BizSmart Telepresence focus groups with South American students, and for Camp BizSmart’s special training sessions. Cisco senior executives have provided valuable wisdom to Camp BizSmart students since our founding in 2008.


The largest and most respected International Executive Forum and Seminar Company in the world, HSM was the sponsor of Camp BizSmart live student focus groups at Cisco business centers in South America. For many years, Dr. Michael Gibbs has been a featured speaker for HSM at events around the world.


The world’s largest network of angel investors, The Keiretsu Forum has supported Camp BizSmart since its founding year of 2008. Keiretsu has also hosted students at their own invitation-only events. And each year, the highest-rated Camp BizSmart student team is recognized for their achievement at the Keiretsu Angel Capital Expo.


Garage Technology Ventures is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund that invests in innovative entrepreneurs. Since 2008, the founders of Garage Technology Ventures have provided expert counsel and assessment for Camp BizSmart. In addition, faculty and judges have sponsored our business plan competitions and special events.


An exclusive organization for chief executives in virtually every industry and market sector, the Alliance of Chief Executives provides its members with a forum for deep thinking and breakthrough ideas. Founder/CEO Paul Witkay and other CEO members inspire our students through their insights on developing skills like vision, leadership, raising capital, and team building.