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Levi Kline, CampBizSmart Alum and Serial Entrepreneur’s Latest Venture: “Compliments”

“Hi, I am Levi Kline, a high school freshman at Calabasas High School. I’m probably too young to call myself a serial entrepreneur, but I have a passion for coming up with ideas for businesses – especially businesses that help solve social problems or which address important social issues. I was in third grade when I had the idea for my first company, an online platform called Clubknowit. In third grade, lunchtime was very short, and my friends and I always had trouble organizing activities and coming up with teams in the time we had. I also noticed that certain kids often got left out of these games or got […]

Back by Popular Demand: Camp BizSmart Returns to the Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN June 17-29, 2018

After a successful inaugural year with 24 young students from five states and two countries, Camp BizSmart is returning to Chattanooga, Tennessee this year. “It was super exciting, and we saw tremendous growth in all the kids,” Marla Zemanek, Camp Director says of the 2017 event. Like last year, the program will be held at The Baylor School June 17-29, and participants will stay in beautiful Baylor dormitories. https://www.baylorschool.org/ The Baylor School campus presents a unique setting for camp. Nestled along the Tennessee River with stunning views, vast green carpets of grass and canopies of trees, campers are able to enjoy a tremendous number of activities at the end of […]

A Champion Mindset – What the Olympics Showcase and How Camp BizSmart Develops Champions

There are many things in life that we can’t control and that we don’t know yet. If you believe that any of us will only rise as high as our confidence level, than let me share a secret from Vince Lombardi. “All confidence is about how you approach the unknowable.” Lombardi also says, “Each of us must determine exactly how we will approach this unknowable part of life.” Many will approach it with fear and caution. Some will try to ignore it. Champions, however approach the unknowable with confidence and faith that they will find a way forward. Darrin Donnelly in his book, Think Like A Warrior, says it like […]

Camp BizSmart Ingenuity and Innovation Outside of Silicon Valley: at the Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN

As Camp BizSmart continues to grow its academies and offerings to parents and their students, one core value always is at the heart of each new location or partnership, – the opportunity to apply ingenuity and innovation that not only provides the best hands-on experience to equip our students with essential skills, but continues to look forward to what will be necessary in the future. Camp BizSmart was launched in Silicon Valley 11 years ago with a deep connection to legendary entrepreneurs who continue to support our vision of inspiring young entrepreneurs.   At Camp BizSmart, aspiring young entrepreneurs acquire valuable skills by solving actual business problems from the CEO’s of […]

Keiretsu Forum Honors Camp BizSmart 2017 North American Grand Champions

  Congratulations to the Camp BizSmart 2017 US Grand Champions, Enflux Team, Adapt.  Thank you to Doug Hoang, Founder and CEO of Enflux who provided the Product Innovation Business Case and to Randy Williams, Founder and CEO of Keiretsu Forum who has been a strategic partner of Camp BizSmart for 11 years.  Camp BizSmart is a product innovation and business case entrepreneurship academy. Join us for 2018 sessions in Silicon Valley at Stanford University, Santa Clara University and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  Or, select a session in Chattanooga Tennessee at the Baylor School.  What to get your entrepreneurship training abroad?  Check out our International sessions coming up in Lima, […]

Xicato – Camp BizSmart 2017 Product Innovation Partner

Menko DeRoos, CEO and Cofounder of Xicato, has been an avid supporter and advisor of Camp BizSmart for several years.  This year we asked him to provide a new challenge to our students creating a business case that would challenge them to think outside the box about how we interact and use lighting. Not only did he provide a business case for our Classic Camp BizSmart students, he also worked with our Camp BizSmart Alumni Accelerator, creating with our executive staff a hands-on makers lab to take a product design innovation case to the point of an actual prototype. All teams competed at Microsoft. Thank you Menko for your great […]

Hydrobee – 2017 Camp BizSmart innovation Partner

    Burt Hamner, who is well known for using hydro-energy to create power, has created a new product, Firebee.  Now you can make electricity from the chimney on your stove or fireplace to power phones, LED lights, and even air blowers for improved combustion.   Burt challenged our students to improve upon his initial product designs to come up with innovative ways to increase the viability and marketability to a wide range of users who had no access to electrical power. Students at Camp BizSmart did indeed find multiple ways to address the customers need.  Working in teams they come up with their product design innovation, supported by a […]

Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute – 2017 Camp BizSmart Innovation Case

“Next-Gen” Easy to use, Freshwater Quality Tracker to measure freshwater quality fast and accurately” Camp BizSmart is exited to announce the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, on the campus of the prestigious Baylor School, is a 2017 Camp BizSmart Product Innovation Partner.  Working together with scientists at the Institute, Camp BizSmart have created an opportunity for the next generation of idea makers and world shakers to create first fresh water quality monitoring device with blue tooth capability to send just in time water quality data to the cloud.   Problem Statement In 2012, consumers in the United States spent an estimated $82.6 billion on seafood, making the U.S. one of the top three seafood markets worldwide. Yet the […]

Netflix VR/AR Product Innovation Case – Camp BizSmart 2017

“Netflix changed everything, again. . . it has made history at the Emmy’s,” Just as Netflix made history at the Emmy’s it continues to lead the way for digital content since it’s beginning in 1997.  Netflix is also a company that through its own example of leading the way in its industry, is a model for challenging us to “dare greatly” and that helps us to inspire young people to have the courage to think differently, have bold ideas, and find a new way to do something – execute and take a chance – in other words – dare to lead the way, in order to innovate big. Camp BizSmart is honored to announce that […]

Camp BizSmart Launches Entrepreneur Academy at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN

By: Baylor Pillow This June, Baylor School will have the honor of hosting Camp BizSmart, a camp that inspires young entrepreneurs from ages 11-15. The camp will take place from June 11-24 and will be a residential camp. Camp BizSmart was founded in 2007 and has been mentoring young entrepreneurs since 2008, but the summer of 2017 will be Camp BizSmart’s first camp east of the Mississippi River. The founders, Mike and Peggy Gibbs, yearned to provide high-achieving adolescents with the skills, values, and real-life experience of an entrepreneur. Their hard work paid off. In its first year, Camp BizSmart attended the World Innovation Forum in New York City and […]