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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 […]

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 […]

RecoverLight, Sponsored by Xicato, is named Camp BizSmart 1st place winner for the July 6-17, 2015 session at Stanford

Camp BizSmart is pleased to announce RecoverLight, as the first place team for the July 6-17, 2015 business and entrepreneur academy at Stanford University.  The student team pictured below consists of: Haley Jeffers, CEO; Ethan Zhang, CIO; Julia Segal, CSO; Suzanna Wang, CTO; Elizabeth Fu, CMO; Jeffrey Chen, CFO; and Anchita Bora, CVOC.  The competition was held at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley headquarters. Camp BizSmart is a business and entrepreneurship academy that operates at premiere organizations and brings industry experts to mentor young aspiring entrepreneurs as they create real world product innovations to solve customer needs. In addition, Camp BizSmart recruits CEOs from leading companies to provide business cases that state a problem and challenge the student […]

ZEPP Labs sponsored team, Leap Insole, takes 1st place at Camp BizSmart June 25th competition at Microsoft

The June 15-26, 2015 session of Camp BizSmart, a entrepreneur business academy for students 11-15, was so popular, to address the demand, two simultaneous sessions were offered: one at Stanford University led by Elian Savodivker, and one at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in San Mateo, led by Abhinav Dev.  Ten teams from these two sessions came together on June 25, 2015 at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley headquarters to present their business product solutions to angel investors. Students at Camp BizSmart were challenged to create an innovative product solution to address a real world problem provided by one of three company CEOs: Jason Fass, CEO of ZEPP Labs, Menko Deroos, CEO of Xicato and Stanley […]

Camp BizSmart Announces 3 COOL 2015 Biz Case Sponsors from Hot Companies, ZEPP Labs, XICATO and NeuroSky

This summer, students who are 11-15 years of age and have applied to attend the two week session of Camp BizSmart, will have the opportunity to work with very cool CEO’s from hot companies to create a new product innovation to solve a major problem sponsored by one of three great companies, ZEPP Labs, XICATO and NeuroSky.    Following are the 3 big problems Camp BizSmart students will select from to work with executive roles in teams to design their innovative product solution. The three business cases  to solve this year are impressive and provide great opportunity to demonstrate the value that new innovation can bring to: reducing injury and enjoying sports more;  speeding healing and […]