Camp BizSmart: 10 Day for 12-16 Year Olds

At Camp BizSmart, aspiring young entrepreneurs acquire essential skills needed to be successful in school, at home and in a future career, by solving actual business problems from the CEO’s of hot Silicon Valley companies. Over 10-days, students work in teams and are mentored by industry experts. On day 10, students present and defend their solutions at Microsoft before a panel of venture capital and angel investors.

Summer 2023 – Camp BizSmart 10-Day Camp for 12-16 Year Olds

11 year olds may apply and be admitted with a qualifying recommendation.

Summer 2023 – Monday-Friday daily weekday schedule: 8:30am-4:30pm. Camp BizSmart’s in person camps during Summer 2022 were very successful. In the upcoming weeks we will post the results from the Camp BizSmart workshop competitions held at Santa Clara University. If you missed joining us this summer, we are already planning for a great 2023.
2023 Santa Clara University, CA*

*Coming from outside the area? The Bay Area is a beautiful place to visit, and for some commuting may not be practical. Please see our residential options for students when you click on the dates for our workshops at Santa Clara University.

2022 Business Cases

At the 2022 camps, students will have the opportunity to create the next generation of product designs for Notpla, and Token.

Notpla: Use Seaweed to Replace Plastic

Notpla is on the mission to make plastic packaging disappear.They have developed materials made out of seaweed and natural plants that can replace plastic with an ultra-bio­ degradable alternative. Learn more.

Download Notpla Business Case

Token: Create a Secure Metaverse Access Ring

Token has developed a unique wearable to secure your digital information and personal digital identity. Your mission is to re-imagine Token Ring’s core biometric technology, to invent a first of its kind Metaverse Access Ring for safe, secure and exciting Metaworld experiences. Learn more.

Download Token Business Case

Want more details about how our camps work? You can find a day-by-day overview below.

10-Day Schedule

Week 1

Entrepreneurial growth mindset. Team Building, leadership, understanding market opportunities, creative problem solving, concept analysis & product design, finance and marketing strategies.

Day 1

Are you an entrepreneur and do you have “Grit”? Why passion matters. Meet Silicon Valley founders and CEOs. Be challenged with a real-world business design case. Learn team roles: CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO, CSO, VOC and CMO. Be the first young aspiring entrepreneurs to use the first-of- its-kind artificially intelligent mobile app called BizSmart Coach that puts you in charge of your leadership skill and ability development.

• Leadership
• Grit
• Growth Mindset
• Teamwork
• Collaboration
• Creative Thinking
• Problem Solving

Day 2

Practice product design. Make an original concept. What sells and why? How will it stand out from the rest?

• Design thinking
• Conducting focus groups
• Listening
• Team building
• Brainstorming and affinity analysis

Day 3

Is it an iPod yet? Taking a cool idea from concept to design. Let’s get creative! Why do great products and inventions matter?

• Product design
• Cost analysis
• “FAB” feature, advantage, benefit analysis
• Understanding customer requirements
• Fast cycle prototyping

Day 4

Design day. Concept visualization, bring products to life. Market research and competitive analysis. Learn how to improve your design concept based on value-added research.

• Concept sketching
• Conflict resolution
• Scheduling
• Goal setting
• Project management

Day 5

Will your idea make money? Will someone buy it? Is it what the customer wants? Build your financial IQ. Why “doing the right thing” is critical to long term success.

• Break-even analysis
• Profit and loss statements
• Creating marketing materials
• Competitive analysis
• Ethics: doing the right thing

Week 2

Writing an efficient business plan and making a compelling presentation. Competition week, and celebration of success.

Day 6

Creating a sales strategy and how to close the deal. How to tell your story with passion and share your vision for changing the world.

• Negotiation
• Selling strategies
• Sales promotion
• Distribution and inventory
• Risk analysis

Day 7

Writing an effective business plan. Practicing your presentation with the “WOW” factor. Contingency planning for what could do wrong. Leading your team to the finish. Adding zest to your pitch.

• Communication
• Composure
• Problem solving
• Critical thinking
• Presentation skills

Day 8

Present your business plan to real entrepreneurs and venture investors, share your passion and receive feedback from experienced presenters and speakers.

• Public speaking
• Persuasion
• Innovative thinking
• Making contact with your audience
• Teamwork

Day 9

A “Contest of Ideas”. Taking your idea to market. Listening to the customer. Asking real investors to “Show me the money”.

• Active listening
• Selling the idea
• Handling tough questions
• Managing stress
• Learning from experience

Day 10

How to win and lose with grace. The benefit of persistence to achieve goals. Graduation, celebration, recognition of the winning team and the individual who is honored with the “ZOG Award”. ZOG stands for: Zest – Optimism – Grit; essential qualities that researchers believe are indicators of future success.

• Character: Knowing the right thing to do
• Courage: Doing the right thing
• Citizenship: Teaching someone else about doing the right thing

2022 Camp Dates Are Posted

Sign up today to reserve your spot. The camps fill up quickly!