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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, […]

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, […]

How to Jump Start Your Summer With Some Fun -Take the BizSmart Challenge!

Whether you are 11-15, or 16-17, I bet you can’t wait for summer to come!  While school is important – it’s harder when you can’t get together with friends or do many of the extra-curriculars that you love to do in person, with others.  If you are the parent of these remarkable tweens and teens, you know they have much to offer.  However, after two months of shelter in place they are restless, and starting to act like the race horse that earns to hear the bell that let’s them leave the stall and run the race. Perhaps you have already heard them say, “I can’t wait for summer to […]

An Open Letter to Parents and Backers of Future Idea Makers and World Shakers

“To be or not to be, that is the question….” This moment in time seems a little bit, or maybe a lot like a Shakespearean play—perhaps Hamlet. Yes, everyone has a lot of questions about how all this will turn out. We wanted you to know that as the founders of Camp BizSmart, both of us are looking forward with a high sense of optimism, zest and some measure of grit, although I guess that is for others to decide. At Camp BizSmart we say that Character, Courage and Citizenship matters—-a lot, and we couldn’t think of a better time to discover your gifts and apply those values then right […]

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 […]