Hydrobee – 2017 Camp BizSmart innovation Partner


Hydrobee – 2017 Camp BizSmart Product Innovation Partner


Burt Hamner, who is well known for using hydro-energy to create power, has created a new product, Firebee.  Now you can make electricity from the chimney on your stove or fireplace to power phones, LED lights, and even air blowers for improved combustion.   Burt challenged our students to improve upon his initial product designs to come up with innovative ways to increase the viability and marketability to a wide range of users who had no access to electrical power.

Students at Camp BizSmart did indeed find multiple ways to address the customers need.  Working in teams they come up with their product design innovation, supported by a business plan and biz pitch, that is presented in competition at Microsoft to angel and venture capitalists.

We are pleased to announce that following Camp BizSmart’s summer season,  Burt was encouraged to enter the Chasing Genius contest sponsored by National Geographic. You may view the results of that contest below.

Camp BizSmart loves to work with entrepreneurs who continually work to solve a big problem in unique ways.  Thank you Burt for being a great role model to our aspiring entrepreneurs.

National Geographic has honored clean energy startup Hydrobee as a Finalist in their global Chasing Genius contest.  Hydrobee’s Firebee Stove-Top Power System turns the heat of cooking into USB charging power for phones, LED lights, fans and more.  The fans can blow air into existing stoves to improve their combustion to reduce air pollution and save wood and forests.  Over 2 billion people who cook with wood or charcoal fires can benefit from Firebee’s charging power and saving fuel.

Watch the Camp BizSmart blog for the announcement of all first place teams for 2017 and the final Grand Champion.

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