What You’ll Learn
Camp BizSmart located at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a unique 10-day experience full of fun and learning. Students will focus on a team-based, hands-on product design and a business plan challenge specifically designed by the CEOs and founders of some of the hottest start ups in Silicon Valley. Students will defend their solutions to a panel of top executives and angel investors at the U.S. Headquarters of Alibaba, the largest e-commerce company in the world. The top team out of all locations will be recognized at an annual angel capital expo sponsored by the Keiretsu Forum.
Camp BizSmart competition venue at the U.S. headquarters of Alibaba
Students will work in teams for the duration of the 10-day program. On day one, each student negotiates for an executive management role: CEO, CFO, CTO, CMO, CSO, CIO or VOC.
Each team is made up of 6-7 students. Teams are chosen on the first day of the session, following a series of activities that give students the opportunity to learn the skills, capabilities, and personalities of their potential team members.
What to Expect
Students will spend days 1–8 working with their team to create a concept design and writing a business plan. On day 9, teams compete for 1st place as they present their plans and concepts to a panel of investors and entrepreneurs. Day 10 is devoted to a celebration showcasing student team solutions, announcing the awards and the presentation of graduation certificates. Although it’s not formally part of our schedule, students should expect to spend time working virtually with their team after hours. We’ve found that this extra time really helps teams refine their solution, further build collaboration skills, and practice their presentation.
Please note: Attendance is mandatory for all 10 days. This is a team-based competition, and everyone plays a vital role. Teams with absent members would find it extremely difficult to succeed.
June 18–22 and 25–28
Silicon Valley Community Foundation, San Mateo, CA (map):
8:00 – 8:25 am: Student dropoff
8:30 am – 4:30 pm: Camp program
4:35 pm – 5:00 pm: Student pickup
Alibaba US Office, San Mateo, CA (map):
12:00 – 12:15 pm: Student dropoff
12:15 – 12:45 pm: Competition preparation
12:45 – 2:15 pm: Design and business plan competition
2:15 – 2:45 pm: Break with light refreshments and snacks
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Parents join students for Graduation, Awards Ceremony, and Showcase
June 18–29, 2018
Silicon Valley Community Foundation Conference Center
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Alibaba US Office
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Students should bring their own lunch while at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation location.
*A student’s space will be guaranteed when we receive full payment. Any applications received on or after May 31, 2017 must include tuition payment in full ($950.00).
US Travel Insurance
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International Travel Insurance
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