Camp BizSmart: 10 Day for 12-16 Year Olds

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At Camp BizSmart, aspiring young entrepreneurs acquire valuable skills by solving actual business problems from the CEO’s of hot Silicon Valley companies. Over 10-days, students ages 12-16 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.


2020 Business Cases – New Business Cases Each Year!

At the 2020 camps, students had the opportunity to create the next generation of product designs for Bell Flight, Torque 3, and Joule Case. Enjoy reading about the 2020 cases that students worked on? Please note that we have new business cases for each year. 2021 business cases will be posted in the future.

Bell Flight: Fully Autonomous Electric Personal Air Vehicle Innovation Case

Bell Flight Bell Nexus

Imagine texting for an air taxi to land at your house & take your daughter/son to soccer practice when you are stuck in traffic. Multiple electric vehicles are now on the market with more to come. Everyone talks about the next big thing in transportation, and many believe it is a fully autonomous air vehicle. Forget star trek and creating a space vehicle, be on the cutting edge and design what will make this market soar into the friendly skies here on earth, and leave the road and traffic congestion behind! Learn more.


Torque 3: Immersive Rehabilitation Simulator Innovation Case

Torque3

Imagine that you have just gotten off a phone call with the parents of your best friend. They shared that your friend was seriously injured in a fall during a basketball game and had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which will require long months of rehab and recovery. What if you could help develop a new type of advanced robotics simulator with an engaging gameplay experience in a motivating fitness studio to significantly speed up your friend’s recovery. Now you can! Torque3 is a hot Silicon Valley technology company with a cool CEO, David Ellzey, who is ready to work with you and your Camp BizSmart product innovation business team on the next great thing in brain injury recovery for teens.

Torque3

The Torque3 Phoenix in the innovation lab.

Stroke and brain injury are the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. with almost a million new cases a year. Surprisingly, young people are twice as likely as adults to be hospitalized for brain injury. The Torque3 Phoenix is the first VR advanced robotic immersive experience simulator, with five sense engagement to speed up and improve the recovery of people with traumatic brain injury. You may know someone who has had a brain injury as a result of an accident while skiing, biking, doing gymnastics or other sports, or a medical incident such as a stroke. The rehabilitation process for the brain to “rewire” itself can be lonely, tough and horribly frustrating and it takes grit, courage and determination in order to make a full recovery.

Torque3 is inventing a futuristic and unique immersive full motion rehabilitation simulator for TBI and stroke patients to dramatically increase the neuroplasticity of damaged brain cells. Even more exciting, they are pioneering a whole new way of recovering from brain injury. Imagine if at Camp BizSmart you and your team could design a brain injury rehab environment for your best friend which is more like a modern interactive fitness studio stimulating all the senses and filled with encouragement, inspiration and motivation. Now think of a mash up of a very cool and compelling futuristic simulator with VR enhancements, that goes beyond the Peloton and SoulCycle abilities to expedite brain injury recovery.
Learn more.


Joule Case: Modular Integrated Alternative Power System Innovation Case

In 2007 Alex Livingston and James Wagoner had an early vision to dramatically rethink design of electric cars around the world. That innovation centered on a modular scalable battery called Fuel 2.0™ which puts into play advanced energy dense lithium batteries and Joule Case provides the ability to transform how you use power at home or on the go. Alex and James reimagined the original concept of Fuel 2.0™ to superboast the concept of Hybrid Homes™.

So imagine, an easy to use, modular integrated alternative power system for “hybrid homes” to replace gas powered carbon based generators when the electric power grid goes down similar to what occurred in California last year. As you may know or have personally experienced, many families were totally without power for 3-5 days or more with no backup system. Think Tesla Powerwall but designed to be more powerful, portable, invisible (a couch, floor, art installation, ?) as easy to use as a household blender, and rechargeable from a variety of sources (solar, wind, kinetic, etc.). Simply stack and snap. Finally, a climate friendly alternative to noisy gas generators. Power is crucial, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Extra points for teams that can add the element of aesthetic integration of the power source into the home. Learn more.


* A limited number of residential spaces are available for this session.

2021 Camp Dates Are Posted

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

10-Day Schedule

Week 1

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.

Skills:
• 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?

Skills:
• 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?

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

Day 4

WAGIC 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.

Skills:
• 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.

Skills:
• 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.

Skills:
• 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.

Skills:
• 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.

Skills:
• 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”.

Skills:
• 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 “ZOG Award”. ZOG stands for: Zest – Optimism – Grit; essential qualities that researchers believe are indicators of future success.

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


2021 Camp Dates Are Posted

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