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BizSmart Entrepreneur Challenge: The Silicon Valley Way Innovation and Design Challenge: Zurich, Switzerland

Camp BizSmart returns to Zurich, Switzerland Oct. 4-8, 2021 to present an unique entrepreneur experience for young idea makers and world shakers. In partnership with Nina Reinhart, the managing director for Camp BizSmart Europe, BizSmart Global will present: Camp BizSmart Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Workshop at Kantonsschule Hottingen and Zurich International School. The Camp BizSmart workshop has been presented to Kantonsschule Hottingen high school students for more than 7 years.  The workshop has been so popular that this year, in addition to the workshop held at Hottingen School, a simultaneous workshop will also be offered to high school students at Zurich International School. Dr. Mike Gibbs, CEO and Founder of Camp BizSmart and […]

BizSmart Challenge July 2021 First Place Team Meets with TreeCard Exec

Congratulations to team Rebirth the Earth who consisted of, Aman Bilodi, as CEO/CFO, Heidi Lu, as CMO and Sana Purdhani, as CDO. The TreeCard business case was brought by Michaela Kastelman, past Camp BizSmart Alum and US Growth Lead, at TreeCard an early-stage FIN Tech company. As a reward for winning the competition, the team met with Ms. Kastelman, for an in-depth discussion of their solution to the TreeCard business case.  During this session Ms. Kastelman had many questions for the team and also provided feedback that allowed the team valuable insight on how well they had addressed the opportunity and the challenge of creating a debit card for young […]

Brian Weisfeld launches the 3rd Start-up Squad Book – May 4

Our friends at @TheStartupSquad are hosting a virtual event on May 4 to celebrate the launch of their latest book! Co-author Brian Weisfeld will join 3 inspiring girlpreneurs for a discussion about entrepreneurship and how these girls built their amazing businesses, moderated by journalist and author @dianakapp and presented by @bizkidstv and @readingbug. If you’re interested in starting a business or growing your business faster, here’s a fun event to learn and be inspired! Register for the free event: www.thestartupsquad.com/booklaunch. Congratulations Brian on this latest book in the Startup Squad series.   At Camp BizSmart we believe in the power of developing entrepreneurial skills in young people. Dr. Mike Gibbs and […]

Brian Moran – Musicpreneur

Brian Moran Bay Area musician inspired top students at the GEMS American Academy Outstanding American school in Dubai – GEMS Dubai American Academy (gemsaa-dubai.com) in the UAE with his music, and innovative thinking about how independent musicians can not only survive but thrive is this age of streaming. Brian challenged students attending a unique Silicon Valley virtual entrepreneurship workshop to practice “No box” thinking and brainstorm ways to create “Super Fans” dedicated to energizing the growth of terrific independent artists around the world. The problem Brian gave business team of “Tweenpreneurs” to solve is that there are tens of thousands of independent musicians and bands around the world and 99.9% […]

Camp BizSmart Congratulates Manish Chandra on Poshmark IPO

Camp BizSmart congratulates BizSmart mentor and advisor Manish Chandra, CEO of Poshmark on his IPO.  Manish is a true visionary who demonstrates the Camp BizSmart attributes of zest, optimism and grit that it takes to start a company from scratch with  unique value for its clients and customers.  Thanks for inspiring our young entrepreneurs by your example. Customer engagement via mobile social app is the very foundation of Poshmark, a social marketplace for fashion, where anyone can buy and sell — or share their personal style. Manish Chandra, founder and CEO, believes that mobile social media has changed the way people shop.   Manish has said, “…when a company helps people […]

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, […]

Meet Matt Crevin – talk shop founder and master communicator

Matt Crevin, the founder of Tech Shop Home – Talk Shop has found his gift: helping young people talk to each other in powerful and meaningful ways. To enable teens to talk face-to-face clearly, confidently and with a positive impact. Matt’s passion is sports, among other careers in sports, has been the stadium voice of the San Francisco 49ers. But as an author, speaker and business owner his purpose has become to give young people sharp and crisp communication skills. At Camp BizSmart we know from 15 years of providing world class entrepreneurship learning experiences, getting your ideas across are essential to being successful business and community leaders. As Matt […]

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 […]