An exclusive organization for chief executives in virtually every industry and market sector, the Alliance of Chief Executives provides its members with a forum for deep thinking and breakthrough ideas. Founder/CEO Paul Witkay and other CEO members inspire our students through their insights on developing skills like vision, leadership, raising capital, and team building.
Garage Technology Ventures is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund that invests in innovative entrepreneurs. Since 2008, the founders of Garage Technology Ventures have provided expert counsel and assessment for Camp BizSmart. In addition, faculty and judges have sponsored our business plan competitions and special events.
The world’s largest network of angel investors, The Keiretsu Forum has supported Camp BizSmart since its founding year of 2008. Keiretsu has also hosted students at their own invitation-only events. And each year, the highest-rated Camp BizSmart student team is recognized for their achievement at the Keiretsu Angel Capital Expo.
Microsoft has been a valued partner of Camp BizSmart since 2007 and we are pleased to have the US Microsoft Startup team join in this partnership. Microsoft’s US Startup team manages all Startup related outreach across the US through partners such as Techstars, 500 Startups, Grand Central Tech, MassChallenge, 1871, and Y Combinator. They work with early stage startups providing them the tools (BizSpark, etc.), resources, knowledge and expertise startups need to succeed. The goal is to help startups scale their business, bring innovative services to market, and reach new customers. Together with Microsoft’s support we are helping nurture the ambition kids bring to the Camp BizSmart programs.
The largest and most respected International Executive Forum and Seminar Company in the world, HSM was the sponsor of Camp BizSmart live student focus groups at Cisco business centers in South America. For many years, Dr. Michael Gibbs has been a featured speaker for HSM at events around the world.
The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites global teams of high school students (ages 13-18) to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship, as they work together to design the future. Student teams create products/services to solve a current challenge in one of the four categories: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber-Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, and Health & Nutrition. The competition culminates in the final round, the Spirit of Innovation Summit, held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on April 25-28. At Summit, the top 5 teams in each category pitch their ideas to a live panel of expert judges and network with top industry professionals and students from across the globe. The top team in each category is named a Pete Conrad Scholar, the top honor of the competition.
The founders of Camp BizSmart are honored to be judges for the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge and to present a special award to Pete Conrad Scholars. As a complimentary organization we encourage students who are participating to also participate in one of the many Camp BizSmart product innovation and business pitch sessions. Camp BizSmart also encourages our students to consider competing in the Conrad Innovation Challenge to have additional opportunities to test their entrepreneurial skills.