BizSmart grads spread entrepreneurship and inspiration

On October 22, nearly 200 high school students from the Bay Area gathered at TEDx Harker School, hearing from some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, including Guy Kawasaki, Apple Fellow and SV venture capitalist, and Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Energy and longtime faculty of Camp BizSmart.


Two Camp BizSmart alumni (both 2009) made this event possible – Neeraj Baid and Neel Bhoopalam, both grade 11 students at The Harker School, curated the event. Pictured above with Guy Kawasaki.

Attendees not only had the chance to pick the brains of established entrepreneurs in small groups during lunch, but shared an afternoon of laughs, lessons and inspiration with an all-star line up of speakers. Aside from Guy Kawasaki and Kevin Surace, serial entrepreneur and author Sramana Mitra and Karl Mehta, founder and CEO of PlaySpan, imparted lessons learned from their own journeys.


Young entrepreneur Rahim Fazal was a hit with the crowd as he divulged his trials as a teenage entrepreneur. His story shows that persistence can prevail, regardless of age.

We at Camp BizSmart tend to agree. The skills of successful entrepreneurs can be learned and developed from a young age.

“We came to Camp BizSmart knowing very little about entrepreneurship, but left the camp understanding that entrepreneurship can be for anyone of any age who has the passion, interest and drive.” — Neel Bhoopalam, Curator, TEDx Harker School, Camp BizSmart alum 2009

Congratulations Neel and Neeraj! We look forward to hearing all about what you do next! To all BizSmart alumni: let us know what you are up to – we would love to help you spread the word about your entrepreneurial pursuits.

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