Camp BizSmart: 10 Day for 11-15 Year Olds

At Camp BizSmart, aspiring young entrepreneurs acquire valuable skills by solving actual business problems from the CEO’s of hot Silicon Valley companies. Over 10-days, students ages 11-15 work in teams and are mentored by industry experts. On day 9, students present and defend their solutions at Microsoft before a panel of venture capital and angel investors.

2017 Business Cases

At the 2017 camps, students had the opportunity to create the next generation of product designs for Netflix, Xicato, Enflux, Hydrobee’s Firebee, and the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute.


Netflix is a streaming service that allows our customers to watch a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries and more on thousands of Internet-connected devices. With Netflix, you can enjoy unlimited viewing of our content without having to watch a single commercial. There’s always something new to discover, and more TV shows and movies are added every month!

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Xicato believes that with better light, shoppers will buy more, diners will order more and guests will be happier and feel more comfortable. In turn, for owners, operators and managers of environments, better lighting will contribute to higher sales, margins and brand perception. The true value of Xicato light lies in delivering on the aesthetic and economic potential of LEDs: the quality of light, its efficacy and ownership cost for retail stores, hotels, restaurants and bars, architectural environments and more.

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Enflux makes Motion Capture Clothing for animation, gaming, virtual reality, sports, and health. Our sensors and electronic components fit seamlessly inside everyday clothing and communicate with smartphones and computers through bluetooth. Enflux started because of their love of data and the love of learning and exploring the environment. Their goal is to solve real problems for real people by giving them access to meaningful and accurate data on how their bodies move.

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FireBee by HydroBee

All over the world people worry about power outages caused by weather or disasters and many buy back-up batteries or generators. Or they live, work and play off the grid either by choice or due to no power available. When batteries are dead and fuel is gone, where will they get critical electric power for phones and lights? Critical power now means USB power. HydroBee are inventors, product designers and humanitarians for international development; creating a new, renewable energy platform and product line.

Download Hydrobee’s Firebee Business Case

Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute

The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI) focuses on aquatic exhibitry by conducting scientific studies, restoring our region’s natural ecosystems and educating membersof the public to take conservation action. Each year, TNACI coordinates hands-on conservation work in ways that would not be possible for the Aquarium to do alone.

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Check Out Our Upcoming Camp BizSmart 10-Day Camp for 11-15 Year Olds

Need on-campus housing? We have multiple sessions that offer that option. Limited spaces are still available – sign up now to secure your space.

Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN
June 17–29, 2018

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, CA
June 18–29, 2018

Santa Clara University, CA*
June 24–July 7, 2018

Santa Clara University, CA*
July 8–21, 2018

Santa Clara University, CA*
July 22–August 4, 2018

Stanford University, CA

* A limited number of residential spaces are available for this session.

2018 Camp Dates Are Posted

Sign up today to reserve your spot. The camps fill up quickly!

Want more details about how our camps work? You can find a day-by-day overview below.

10-Day Schedule

Week 1

Team Building, understanding market opportunities, creative problem solving, concept analysis & product design, finance and marketing strategies.

Day 1

Are you an entrepreneur and do you have “Grit”? Why passion matters. Meet Silicon Valley founders and CEOs. Be challenged with a real world business design case. Learn team roles: CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO, CSO and CMO. Get an evaluation of your personal learning style.

• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Collaboration
• Creative thinking
• Problem solving

Day 2

Practice product design. Make an original concept. What sells and why? How will it stand out from the rest?

• Design thinking
• Conducting focus groups
• Listening
• Team building
• Brainstorming and affinity analysis

Day 3

Is it an iPod yet? Taking a cool idea from concept to design. Let’s get creative! Why do great products and inventions matter?

• Product design
• Cost analysis
• “FAB” feature, advantage, benefit analysis
• Understanding customer requirements
• Fast cycle prototyping

Day 4

WAGIC design day. Concept visualization, bring products to life. Market research and competitive analysis. Learn how to improve your design concept based on value-added research.

• Concept sketching
• Conflict resolution
• Scheduling
• Goal setting
• Project management

Day 5

Will your idea make money? Will someone buy it? Is it what the customer wants? Build your financial IQ. Why “doing the right thing” is critical to long term success.

• Break-even analysis
• Profit and loss statements
• Creating marketing materials
• Competitive analysis
• Ethics: doing the right thing

Week 2

Writing an efficient business plan and making a compelling presentation. Competition week, and celebration of success.

Day 6

Creating a sales strategy and how to close the deal. How to tell your story with passion and share your vision for changing the world.

• Negotiation
• Selling strategies
• Sales promotion
• Distribution and inventory
• Risk analysis

Day 7

Writing an effective business plan. Practicing your presentation with the “WOW” factor. Contingency planning for what could do wrong. Leading your team to the finish. Adding zest to your pitch.

• Communication
• Composure
• Problem solving
• Critical thinking
• Presentation skills

Day 8

Present your business plan to real entrepreneurs and venture investors, share your passion and receive feedback from experienced presenters and speakers.

• Public speaking
• Persuasion
• Innovative thinking
• Making contact with your audience
• Teamwork

Day 9

A “Contest of Ideas”. Taking your idea to market. Listening to the customer. Asking real investors to “Show me the money”.

• Active listening
• Selling the idea
• Handling tough questions
• Managing stress
• Learning from experience

Day 10

How to win and lose with grace. The benefit of persistence to achieve goals. Graduation, celebration, recognition of the winning team and the “ZOG Award”. ZOG stands for: Zest – Optimism – Grit; essential qualities that researchers believe are indicators of future success.

• Character: Knowing the right thing to do
• Courage: Doing the right thing
• Citizenship: Teaching someone else about doing the right thing

2018 Camp Dates Are Posted

Sign up today to reserve your spot. The camps fill up quickly!