Tag Archives: Dr. Mike Gibbs

Camp BizSmart Announces 2017 Grand Champion Team – Enflux Team – Adapt

Camp BizSmart is proud to announce the 2017 Grand Champion Team, Adapt, who were selected out of seven first place teams.  The Adapt team,from the July 23-Aug 5, 2017 session operated at Stanford University, selected the Enflux Product Innovation Case.   Doug Hoang the CEO and Founder of Enflux created the product innovation case with Camp BizSmart Founders, Peggy and Mike Gibbs.   Congratulations to Adapt Team Members: CEO Shyna Ballal, CFO Aditya Bharadwaj, CMO Caitlyn Yuen, CSO Judy Lee, CTO Rohan Zamvar, CIO Erika Castenada, VOC role shared by the team.  The Grand Champion Team will be honored at the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo on November 16, 2017 in […]

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 […]

“The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters”

In her new book, “The Power of Meaning“ published by Crown and released last week, Emily Esfahani Smith seems to channel a sad lament often heard in Silicon Valley: I have a good job, I’m paid well, I have interesting friends, I am busy doing stuff, but something is missing.  All these things should make me happy, but I am not!  We think one of our jobs at Camp BizSmart, the world’s leading experience for aspiring entrepreneurs age 11-19, is to turn that view of life on its head and point the way to making a difference and therefore making meaning! We asked Emily her opinion about the role of […]

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 […]

Control your own destiny – or someone else will! What SXSW and Camp BizSmart have in common

Legendary business leader and former GE CEO Jack Welch is appearing at SXSW (South By Southwest) with Gary Vaynerchuk, rogue entrepreneur and venture capitalist to discuss what it really takes to win in business.  Moderated by Susie Welch, former editor of the Harvard Business Review, Jack and Gary will talk about what it takes to do business in the fast paced, ever changing global marketplace.  Both will urge listeners to reject the status quo. So what does this have to do with Camp BizSmart?  Dr. Mike Gibbs, CEO and Co-Founder of Camp BizSmart worked for Jack Welch as Director of Training and Development at GE Aircraft Engines. Dr. Mike was […]

Seminarium executive faculty member brings training for young aspiring entrepreneurs to Lima!

On February 16-20, 2015 Camp BizSmart, the Silicon Valley, United States based, business and entrepreneur education company will bring their renowned hands-on, fast paced teen design thinking and product innovation workshop to Lima, Peru. Featured by CNN, The Financial Times and others, this high energy, real world business case workshop is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs between the ages of 11 to 17 who desire to create unique, innovative solutions to real world problems. Participants will gain essential skills while collaborating in teams to create and compete for the best product solution and go to market business strategy. The top student from this workshop will receive a full tuition scholarship into […]

Financial Times Interviews Camp BizSmart Founders

Do students who participate in business and entrepreneur training develop skills that will prepare them for future success?  This question and many more were posed to Dr. Mike Gibbs, founder and CEO and Peggy Gibbs, cofounder and COO of Camp BizSmart recently by Emma Jacobs, business life writer for the Financial Times.   “Kids want real-world skills,” Dr. Gibbs said in the interview, which is why Camp BizSmart, a business and entrepreneur academy, relies on successful executives as mentors and coaches to share their insight & experience to guide students as they work to create innovative products to solve real customer needs. In a  review of Walter Issacson’s book “The Innovators”, Steven Shapin of the Wall Street […]

Camp BizSmart’s Silicon Valley Innovation Workshops Held at Stanford University August 2014

  Seventy eight Chinese students, aged 14 to 18 traveled from China to the United States with their Chaperones to attend Camp BizSmart’s Silicon Valley Innovation and Product Design Workshop held in two residential sessions at Stanford University.  Camp BizSmart created this unique, one week session to provide these students with the hands on experience of working in teams mentored by entrepreneurs to create an innovative solar light product that would serve the needs of individuals in rural China.  For almost all of these students, it was their very first time in the US and also their first time working together as an executive team would do within a company […]

Announcing Camp BizSmart’s Top Team for 2014: RevoArc sponsored by Revolights

Well it is official, out of the top three teams who earned first place in each of the three Camp BizSmart product design and business plan competitions held at Microsoft Silicon Valley this summer, the team that captured the top team ranking is: RevoArc. .  Revolights Revo Arc Team pictured above: Krithika Veerappan, CEO; Bryant Gavello, CSO; Aidan Cullen, VOC; Jeffrey Liu, CIO; Ethan Hwang, CMO; Laila Del Rosario, CTO; and Allen Yao, CIO; during the competition at Microsoft, then getting a big reaction out of judge Bill Reichert who is sitting with other judges, John Butler and Marty Reed;  and then receiving their 1st place certificates at the August […]

RevoArc the winner of Camp BizSmart July 17 competition

The second Camp BizSmart product design and business plan competition was held on July 17, 2014 at Microsoft Silicon Valley.  Eight teams competed for the coveted 1st place title which went to Revolights student team, RevoArc  who earned the top score from esteemed judges, Bill Reichert, Marty Reed and John Butler. What impressed these judges? From the minute this team stepped on stage, their energy and passion for their invention was obvious.  Bill Reichert, Managing Partner of Garage Technology Ventures, put it this way, “This this team captured our attention with a clever story that let us know they understood the customer’s problem and how their product invention would solve […]