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Camp BizSmart 2016 Grand Champion, Team Atmoband, Announced for Silicon Valley Sessions

The excitement has been building and the moment is finally here to announce the Grand Champion Team from among the five teams who finished first in the five competitions this summer at Camp BizSmart in Silicon Valley. While all of the first place winners brought something unique to each of their competitions, the team that rose above all the others was: Team Atmoband, from the July 4-15, 2016 session which was held at Santa Clara University and led by Camp Director Marla Zemanek. Judges for this competition session were: Bill Reichert, Managing Partner of Garage Technology Ventures; Menko Deroos, CEO, of Xicato; Brian Gorbett of US Startups at Microsoft, and Lars […]

Camp BizSmart with Innovation Partner Atmotube announces the 1st place winners in each of the two sessions held at Stanford University on July 25-Aug 5, 2016

Camp BizSmart’s July 25-August 5, 2016 session at Stanford University was so popular that two separate but simultaneous sessions were run this year.  Each session had their own Camp Director and staff.  More than half of the students for this popular session chose the option to stay residential. Out of the four possible business cases made possible by four Innovation Product Partners, the Atmotube case was the one that was selected to solve by both of these winning teams.  Atmotube CEO, Founder, Vera Koyzr, was an engaging CEO, Founder that inspired these young people to do their best to create a product innovation that would give individuals more information, choice and control […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]