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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hot Innovations by Aspiring Entrepreneurs in BizSmart Hottingen, Zurich Workshop

September 30, marked the fifth consecutive year, BizSmart Global has brought an innovative Silicon Valley challenge to the Hottingen School in Zurich Switzerland.  A special thank you to Nina Reinhart our partner in Switzerland and who helped launch one of the first project-based product design and business plan competitions in Europe.  Also, a special thank you to Beda Rikin for being our entrepreneurship ambassador with Hottingen and guiding the onsite logistics of the workshop, and to the local entrepreneurship coaches Laura Binda, Alexandra Buergler and Alexander Lutz for bringing their energy, “BizSmarts” and real-world knowledge to the next generation of idea makers and world shakers. The BizSmart Global Workshop was […]

Students Design Their Version of Apple TV in the BizSmart Global Design Sprint, Valencia, Spain

In October, 2019 for the first time ever, 53 grade 11 “Teenpreneur” inventors from the Cambridge House Community College in Valencia, Spain, had the exciting opportunity of completing the BizSmart Design Sprint, featuring Apple TV+.  The challenge: “Now that Apple is introducing their streaming app, create a better way of watching movies and shows on an iPhone to heighten the user experience.” Despite the new material and learning approach, the young aspiring inventors eagerly embraced the entrepreneurial spirit and the BizSmart ZOG values of Zest, Optimism and Grit and jumped right into the challenge.  In the short span of 4 hours, innovation teams, experienced working in small groups of three, […]

Camp BizSmart Shark Tank CEO Romy Taormina featured in Entrepreneur Magazine

A prosperous, roaring ‘20’s shoutout to Camp BizSmart friend and 2019 business innovation case CEO sponsor Romy Taormina, CEO of Psi Bands https://www.psibands.com/ . Check out her lessons of success as one of the top women to ever appear on the TV Show “Shark Tank”: https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/344496. We are so grateful for Romy’s mentorship and being an example to the next generation if idea makers and world shakers of the Camp BizSmart values: Character, Courage and Citizenship.” Below you will find an excerpt from the article that originally appeared on Authority Magazine and was later reposted on Entrepreneur online written by Yitzi Weiner. Image credit Authority Magazine. What important business ‘takeaways’ […]