Tweenpreneurs inspired to create energy and fitness solutions

Tweenpreneurs attending the Santa Clara University session of Camp BizSmart took on two of the big problems of the day – companies ability to track and reduce their resource useage and childhood obesity.

The 4 companies providing business problems in these areas were: Tigo and Hara – energy efficiency solutions and HopeLab and Club One Fitness – health and fitness solutions.

New company, iBuild2, provided a mini-design challenge that allowed students to exercise their creativity and design to come up with potential activity kits for children to work with safe tools while learning basic design and building skills. Each team of students came up with one or two potential products. Here is just an example:

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Gaining design skills while creating an actual product

Ron Hazelton, affectionately known as the “The House Doctor”, has created iBuild2 with his wife Lynn to provide children with a safe way to learn to use design and building tools. They were pleased by the creativity of the students and recognized each design. Ron Johnson, of WAGIC, who also leads the team of designers who act as the vendor to all Camp BizSmart student designs, was on hand to help judge the students’ creations.

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Mini-design case helps students gain important design skills

In addition, students from Camp BizSmart Oahu, were Skyped in to share their business solutions and carefully matched with non-competitive teams.

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Skyping in Oahu students to discuss ideas

Applying skills gained on mini-cases, the seven teams of students brainstormed potential solutions, for the Hara, Tigo, Club One Fitness and HopeLab business problems. support and then defend the solution they believed would best address the business problem that company executives provided.

These teams presented their business solution at Microsoft, Silicon Valley, to an esteemed panel of judges: Maigread Eichten, George Chao, Harry Motro and Paul Witkay.

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Judges question students at Microsoft

Competition results for the Santa Clara University session of Camp BizSmart

The Hara 2 team captured the 1st place for the best business plan and presentation from the Camp BizSmart Santa Clara University session.

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Hara team 2 wins 1st place

Hope Lab team 1 captured the 2nd place award, Santa Clara University session, “for the most innovative idea ready to go to market”

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Hope Lab team 1 wins “most innovative idea” at Microsoft

During the 2 week immersion into entrepreneurial business skills, students were inspired by successful entrepreneurs who shared personal stories that illustrated how to build great teams, overcome obstacles,and stretch to innovate in order to create value for the customer which translates into making a company successful.

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Dr. Ellen Pieterse, SCU Camp Director, checks results of the egg drop design contest

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Camp BizSmart Faciliators, SCU sr and grad students, Becky, Angelique, Alex and Mike

Each year, founders Peggy and Mike Gibbs look for exciting new companies that passionately are making a difference and providing an example of a self-sustainable organization – this year, we recognize One World Futbol for bringing a great innovative solution executed brilliantly – the indestructible soccer ball – so strong it can survive a lion – to youth in places ravaged by war, poverty, and natural disasters. Camp BizSmart students were inspired by this amazing story and look forward to helping founders Tim Jahnigan and Lisa Tarver, continue to generate interest. Hats off to you Tim and Lisa!

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One World Futbol VP Mal Warwick inspires students

On the final day of camp, students in Hyderabad, India Skyped in their business solutions to local judges, Peggy and Mike Gibbs, founders of Camp BizSmart, who joined two judges in India.

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Hyderabad students pitch their solutions via Skype

The Santa Clara University Camp BizSmart session connected students from Oahu and Hyderabad with students on the campus of SCU in Silicon Valley truly representing the universal interest in gaining entrepreneurial skills and inspiring young students 11-15 to gain business acumen that will propel them forward.

“We are grateful to Dan Aguiar, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and to Linda Jenkins, executive assistant of the center, at Santa Clara University for sponsoring Camp BizSmart, and sharing our vision of inspiring young entrepreneurs to gain great skills that will provide great benefit to them, their families, their communities, and the world.” Mike and Peggy Gibbs, co-founders of Camp BizSmart.

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Peggy Gibbs thanks SCU CIE Dir. Dan Aguiar & Linda Jenkins

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Dr. Mike Gibbs with Additya Reddy, named the “student most likely to be an entrepreneur”

Stay tuned for the Camp BizSmart grand finale announcement of the top two teams of 2010!

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