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BizSmart Challenge Poshmark team takes first place

Congratulations to the top team from our BizSmart Challenge, entrepreneur experience that took place in Dubai, UAE this December.  These aspiring young entrepreneurs were inspired by the Poshmark social marketplace for sustainable sales of high-end fashion and accessories.  Manish Chandra, Poshmark CEO and founder is also a Camp  dad and advisor. The 6 day virtual BizSmart Challenge included this very current and real world biz challenge as well as one from Good Natured, for the teams of teens to select from and compete with. BizSmart Challenge was held in partnership with our in country partner, Explorers Lab.  Mike and Peggy Gibbs, Founders of Camp BizSmart wish to thank Tarun Dara, […]

Gratefulness of the heart is a continuous feast

As we reflect on Thanksgiving 2020, we send our heartfelt gratitude to the hundreds of wise and generous people who joyfully came together in this challenging year to create the first ever virtual product design competition for actual companies struggling in this difficult moment. And most of all made a difference in the lives of aspiring young entrepreneurs who learned the skills necessary to put a ding in the universe. James Wagoner CEO at Joule Case, and David Ellzey CEO at Torque 3, collaborated with BizSmart to write challenging cases that inspired our young entrepreneurs to be future world shakers. Serial entrepreneurs Menko DeRoos, and Bill Reichert who shared innovative […]

Camp BizSmart Announces Winning Team – Zurich, Switzerland

Congratulations to the winning team Simply Organized, from the Zurich Camp BizSmart entrepreneur workshop. The Challenge: Create a “Fashion Refresh Closet” inspired by Poshmark that encourages people to participate in the fashion refresh community. Entrepreneurship has no boundaries! Students had the opportunity to learn from and work with professional Silicon Valley Industrial Designers to bring their designs to the next level.  The founder of Poshmark, Manish Chandra, is a very successful serial entrepreneur of many great companies.  He is also an advisor to Camp BizSmart. Held at the premiere Hottingen School in Zurich, Switzerland, the Camp BizSmart 5 day product innovation and biz pitch workshop, had 62 students who made […]

Joule Case, Battery Start-up, Powers Young Entrepreneurs

SEATTLE, Washington, Sep 16, 2020 –  With its first-ever virtual camp, held July 17-31st, Camp BizSmart is the only camp in the U.S. that teaches young entrepreneurs key business skills through problem-solving exercises based on real-world business cases. Over 10-days, industry experts at Joule Case and two other companies mentored six young entrepreneur teams, aged 11-15. Two of the six teams were challenged with a business case to invent a new environmentally friendly, portable, powerful, and user-friendly product using the Joule Case battery system for customers to store and use electricity whenever and wherever they need it. The teams collaborated with a professional industrial designer who brought their drawings and […]

And the winner is. . .Joule Case Team, Race – CBSV 2020

Entrepreneurs are known for being able to make the best out of challenging moments to turn them into something remarkable.  Camp BizSmart is known for hands-on project-based entrepreneur experiences that develop the business skills that employers want. To meet the challenges of this unusual season, the first ever Camp BizSmart virtual workshop was held on July 17-31st.  Six teams competed to earn the judges ranking of first place.  There were 3 business innovation cases: Joule Case, Torque 3 and Bell Flight and 2 teams selected each of the business cases. The top team as determined by our judges, Erich Ziegler, Bret Cameto, and Michaela Kastelman, was the Joule Case team, […]

Camp BizSmart Partners with Dubai American Academy’s AI and Robotics Center Inspiring Students to Invent New Products

BizSmart Global’s unique entrepreneur product innovation hands-on learning workshop was delivered to 41 high school students on the beautiful campus of the Dubai American Academy February 23-27, 2020. Together with in country partner, Explorars Lab, the BizSmart Global 5 day workshop had students work in teams on product innovation business cases,  from leading Silicon Valley CEO’s of hot in the news companies. Student teams selected from three business cases from the following companies: Ekso bionics, PsiBands, and Drobots.  In addition, each day, students spent time in the Center for Excellence Robotics and Artificial Intelligence which is led by Director, Sreejit Chakrabarty.  Our thanks to Mr. Chakrabarty who made it possible […]

Innovate for Big Impact – Camp BizSmart’s 2020 Product Innovation Business Cases

Big ideas to solve big problems and have big impact – unveiling the first peek at the unique, fun and very current 2020 Camp BizSmart Product Innovation Business Cases. Get a glimpse of what is to come and keep an eye on www.campbizsmart.org for more detail on how the next generation of idea makers will change the world. Join us for an exciting year of solving big problems with leading edge creative product innovation at Camp BizSmart. 1. Bell Flight/Tesla: A Tesla type, fully autonomous electric personal air vehicle. Imagine texting for an air taxi to land at your house & take your daughter/son to soccer practice when you are […]

Camp BizSmart 2019 Grand Champion Team – A Helping Hand – Honored at Keiretsu Forum

Camp BizSmart’s 2019 Grand Champion Team, “A Helping Hand”, presented their bionic hand product innovation idea to the Keiretsu Forum’s Investor Expo at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. More than 400 investors and entrepreneurs applauded the team’s solution to the Chairman of Ekso Bionics challenge to create a first of its kind “magic hand” exoskeleton to improve daily living for people who have lost hand function. The team got to meet Randy Williams, CEO, Founder of Keiretsu Forum, and the 16 executives who presented leading edge products for a variety of problems including health care, power blackouts and transportation. The Expo was a real-world learning experience for the […]

BizSmart Accelerator 2019 Best of Show – Passenger Air Vehicle for Bell Flight & Biz Strategy for Future Transportation

During the Summer of 2019, aspiring entrepreneurs came from all over the globe to the BizSmart Accelerator for a unique and out-of-the-box design challenge presented by iconic aerospace company Bell Flight, partner with Uber to obtain the first FAA approval for a flying “air taxi”. The project was to define a unique target market, engineer the human factor cabin interface and cabin design for an autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV). Even though Bell Flight is far into the air vehicle design of the Nexus Air Taxi, there are many aspects of the human interaction with an autonomous PAV that need to be shaped by the generation who will be flying […]

Announcing the Camp BizSmart 2019 North American Grand Champion Team: A Helping Hand, an Ekso Bionics Biz Case Team

The final results are in, drum roll please, the 2019 North American Camp BizSmart Grand Champion Team out of all first place teams from Summer 2019, is: Ekso Bionics team, A Helping Hand. These aspiring young entrepreneurs attended the Camp BizSmart entrepreneur academy this summer at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. Pictured above is the team following their product innovation and pitch presentation at the Camp BizSmart Competition on July 19th at Microsoft in Silicon Valley. A special thank you to Eksobionics CEO, Jack Peurach and Jason Jones, VP of Product Development for inspiring our Camp BizSmart students to investigate the future of Eksobionics to provide technology designed […]