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Camp BizSmart announces Student Team Atmoband, with Innovation Partner Atmotube as 1st place team for July 4-15, 2016 session

The July 4-15, 2016 Camp BizSmart student team Atmoband, was named the first place winning team out of all of the other teams who participated at this session run at Santa Clara University.  Team Atmoband choose the innovation product case to solve that was created by Innovation Partner, Atmotube and CEO, Founder, Vera Kozyr.  They created an easy-to use personal air pollution monitor in the form of a wristband.  The wristband will display the level of air quality and the time.  The original product developed by Atmotube, was a personal air pollution monitor in the form of a small tube that connects to a belt loop or other personal article. Students on team […]

Camp BizSmart Team Prometheus, with Innovation Partner Linden Lab, captures 1st Place at June 13-24, 2016 session

The 2016 Camp BizSmart two week business and entrepreneurship academies ran throughout the summer in Silicon Valley at premier locations of Stanford University, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Santa Clara University and Microsoft.  Four prestigious companies with forward looking innovations were the product innovation business case partners for 2016.  They were: Linden Lab, with CEO, Ebbe Altberg who challenged student teams to create an engaging new learning environment with Project Sansar’s Virtual Reality Technology Platform to demonstrate the potential VR has to  change the way  students learn, gain competence, develop skill and interact with mentors and colleagues. Atmotube, with CEO and Founder, Vera Kozyr, who challenged student teams to take the Atmotube personal air […]

Camp BizSmart Announces 4 Cool 2016 Innovation Case Partners from 4 Hot Companies; Linden Lab, Nuheara, Atmotube and Slice

Camp BizSmart is the only business and entrepreneur academy where students work with award winning companies and their executives to create innovative solutions to current in the news issues and challenges. At Camp BizSmart students age  11-15  will have the opportunity to work with very cool CEO’s and Founders from some very hot companies to design and build a new product innovation for real world problems provided by four great companies: Linden Lab, Nuheara, Atmotube and Slice. We are very excited about  the four business case problems that Camp BizSmart students will use to be “game changers”.  Students work in teams and take on executive roles to design an innovative product solution; and then pitch their product design in competition at […]

Never Give Up or How to Inspire Your Team From The Bench

The NBA Golden State Warriors have been amazing with the “Splash Brothers” and the depth of the talent that make them a formidable opponent for sure.  But something else is happening within this team that is worth paying attention to.  If you desire to part of a winning team, no matter what your role, it will require you to find the zest, optimism and grit (ZOG) to support your team when obstacles occur, and failure is not an option. One such obstacle happened this week when Stephen Curry suited up and took the court to practice only to find his ankle injury was more serious than expected and he would be forced to sit […]

Never Underestimate the Heart of a Champion and what does ZOG have to do with it?

I was watching the Warriors the other night, it was the end of the game, the clock rapidly counting down, the score tied and everyone on the edge of their seat,  when one of the commentators said, “never underestimate the heart of a champion.”   You heard it too?  The next moments proved him right, once again, one of the Warriors stepped up and dug deep and made the play that made the difference taking them to another win. How is this possible? What sets a champion apart from the competition? At Camp BizSmart we call this ZOG, which stands for Zest, Optimism and Grit.  When you have ZOG you have a zest for all […]

Camp BizSmart 2015 Top Team Honored on Stage at Keiretsu Angel Capital Expo

Keiretsu Forum honored the 2015 Camp BizSmart Top Team of student entrepreneurs, Leap Insole,  on stage at Keiretsu Forum’s 21st bi-annual Northern California Angel Capital Expo on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California. Peggy Gibbs, COO, Cofounder of Camp BizSmart introduced the student team and Randy Williams, CEO and Founder of Keiretsu interviewed the students on stage. Each year the top team from Camp BizSmart’s Silicon Valley California summer sessions vie to be named the top team out of sessions that run at Stanford University, Santa Clara University and Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Conference Center in San Mateo hoping to be the team that […]

Mom and dad were right – You are known by the company you keep

You most likely have heard someone say to you, “You are known by the company you keep.”  “Or want to get better at something? Find someone who is better at what you are trying to learn then you are.”  These are not just things that moms, dads, grandparents and aunts and uncles say to young people.  These words of wisdom are repeated no matter how old you are, or the skill you are hoping to improve. Hang out with someone who will inspire you to be the best you can be at the task you are undertaking, or the skill you are working to develop.  Steven Covey called it sharpening […]

Leap Insole, Sponsored by ZEPP Labs Awarded Top Team for Camp BizSmart 2015 to Appear at Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo on Nov. 18, 2015

  “The final results are in and Leap Insole, who chose to solve a ZEPP Labs business case, has taken the coveted top ranking out of all the first place teams competing in the Camp BizSmart 2015 Summer sessions.  Our congratulations go to this team who consists of: Levi Kline, CEO/VOC; Jonathan Kao, CTO; Valerie Duffey, CFO; Rish Bellakka, CMO; Daniel Lan, CSO; and Anant Vasudevan, CIO.  “This team had a great spirit throughout the entire Camp BizSmart two week session which took place at Stanford University”, noted Camp Director, Elian Savodivker. They were persistent as well as innovative in their creation of a solution to the business case they selected.  They chose […]

ComfortLux Crescent, an Xicato Sponsored team captures first place at the Aug 7 Camp BizSmart competition at Microsoft

The final Camp BizSmart Silicon Valley Summer 2015 session took place on July 27-Aug 7, at Stanford University. The first place winner, for this session was ComfortLux Crescent, a Xicato sponsored team, was announced at the Showcase on Aug 7, 2015.  The students who made up this team are: Jasper Wong, CEO; Brandon Nguyen, CIO; Ishir Gupta, CTO, Viveka Saraiya, CVOC, Max Rothman, CMO and CSO and Steven Zhou, CFO. These students decided to solve the business case that was given to them from Menko Deroos, CEO of Xicato.  Mr. Deroos challenged them to create the hospital light of the future that would not only provide more pleasing light in patient rooms, but would have […]

Zapp Knee Brace sponsored by ZEPP Labs takes home first place award for the July 13-24, 2015 Camp BizSmart session at Santa Clara University

The third Camp BizSmart Summer 2015 product design and business plan competition was held at Microsoft Silicon Valley on July 23, 2015.  Student teams brought their best pitch hoping to capture the judges 1st place ranking.  At the end of the day, the ZEPP sponsored team with the product innovation called, “Zapp Knee Brace” was awarded the top ranking of 1st place.  Students who made up the team were: Angela Chu, CEO; Lucas Fonseca, CIO; Rohan Ashok, CTO; Jasmine Syu, CMO & CVOC;  and Cesar Madrigal, CSO & CFO. Their product is a wearable knee brace with ZEPP Labs technology and electronic gel pads on the inside.  The device uses EMS in a […]