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“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 […]

Camp BizSmart 2016 Grand Champion, Team Atmoband, Announced for Silicon Valley Sessions

The excitement has been building and the moment is finally here to announce the Grand Champion Team from among the five teams who finished first in the five competitions this summer at Camp BizSmart in Silicon Valley. While all of the first place winners brought something unique to each of their competitions, the team that rose above all the others was: Team Atmoband, from the July 4-15, 2016 session which was held at Santa Clara University and led by Camp Director Marla Zemanek. Judges for this competition session were: Bill Reichert, Managing Partner of Garage Technology Ventures; Menko Deroos, CEO, of Xicato; Brian Gorbett of US Startups at Microsoft, and Lars […]

Keiretsu Forum – Where Angels With Capital Mentor and Support Founders

 One of the strategic partners of Camp BizSmart is a group of angels – really!  The Keiretsu Forum the largest global angel investment network, has been a valued partner of Camp BizSmart since our launch in 2008.  The Keiretsu Forum makes it possible for the Camp BizSmart winning team each year to attend the November Angel Capital Expo at Microsoft.  Not only do these students have the opportunity to observe founders of companies pitch their latest product solutions, they get to network with the best and the brightest angel investors and executives,  Ultimately, the team is honored on stage during the full day event.  What a great learning experience to […]

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 […]

Cool CEO’s and Hot Companies Inspire Young Entrepreneurs

Is it possible for a person to develop skills and attitudes that will help them succeed as an entrepreneur or great business executive?  And, if so, how would you go about it?  Here is the recipe that I recommend: First, let’s start with the old adage that anything worth doing is worth doing well. Then get ready for a challenge that will be followed by a payoff directly in relation to the amount of elbow grease, creativity, and stick-to-it-ness, and care that you put into this recipe.  Now for the secret ingredients: Take 1 young person, 11-18 who is curious and likes to solve problems, and is willing to work […]

The Latest Innovations and Coolest Entrepreneurs – It’s All at the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo – Nov 20, 2014

You won’t want to miss the Keirstsu Forum‘s Angel Capital Expo held on Nov. 20, 2014 at Microsoft. Those in the know already are aware that the Angel Capital Expo is the place to see unique companies with emerging innovations and rub shoulders with the best and brightest in Silicon Valley.   But what you may not know is that Keiretsu Forum is a strategic partner of Camp BizSmart and will honor the top student team from Camp BizSmart for having the winning product innovation at the 2014 business plan and product design competitions held at Microsoft. Revo Arc was the winning entrepreneurship team out of 27 teams and is pictured […]

Camp BizSmart Offers Rare Opportunity to Work With and Learn From Successful Company Founders

Have you ever wished you could talk to a successful founder to learn how they brought their product idea to market?  Have you wondered how to meet successful entrepreneurs or to snag an internship at great company to acquire experience and develop essential marketable skills? We know from parents, friends and colleagues that many of you have wished for just this opportunity and yet found it to be elusive. Camp BizSmart students gain hands on insight into how business problems are solved and how product ideas get to market from company founders.  Before creating Camp BizSmart with my partner, I was a business development executive in several great companies including Stanford Children’s […]

ABC Hit Show “Shark Tank” winner to sponsor 2014 Camp BizSmart Project

Big dreams meet big money on ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank.  Dr. Mike Gibbs, CEO of Camp BizSmart says, “Shark Tank is the bomb”, if you don’t know what Shark Tank is, where have you been the last few years?”  75% of the students who come to Camp BizSmart watch Shark Tank to see entrepreneurs enter the Shark “Tank” (at Sony Pitchers studio in Culver City, Calif.) win financial support and convince the “Sharks” to invest in their companies.  This hit show, drew 8.2 million viewers in January, so Camp BizSmart students are on to something watching to see the “Next New Invention”.  Many of the products pitched on the […]

Piggybackr contest winner meets with Venture Capitalist – Bill Reichert

The first Piggybackr and Camp BizSmart crowdfunding contest for our alumni was run last fall.  We had 9 projects sign up for this first time limited contest with 3 teams really making it a horse race to the finish line.    Camp BizSmart made it possible for the team that raised the most money during this contest to  meet with a VC and also receive up to $250.00.towards matching a donors’ gift to be used for their cause.  The team that was able to claim this prize was Treasures 4 Teens – led by Michael Daboll a Camp BizSmart alum who raised a total of $3,484.00  and 180 earned effort points […]