Tag Archives: Ken Johnson

Camp BizSmart 2016 Grand Champion, Team Atmoband, Announced for Silicon Valley Sessions

The excitement has been building and the moment is finally here to announce the Grand Champion Team from among the five teams who finished first in the five competitions this summer at Camp BizSmart in Silicon Valley. While all of the first place winners brought something unique to each of their competitions, the team that rose above all the others was: Team Atmoband, from the July 4-15, 2016 session which was held at Santa Clara University and led by Camp Director Marla Zemanek. Judges for this competition session were: Bill Reichert, Managing Partner of Garage Technology Ventures; Menko Deroos, CEO, of Xicato; Brian Gorbett of US Startups at Microsoft, and Lars […]

Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo Honors Top 2014 Camp BizSmart Team

  On November 20, 2014 seven teens took the stage at Microsoft to be honored for achieving the top score in the Camp BizSmart product design and business plan competition out of the more than 30 teams for 2014. They were introduced by Sonja Markova, Keiretsu member who then introduced Peggy Gibbs, COO and Cofounder of Camp BizSmart who thanked both Sonja and Randy with Keiretsu and Microsoft, WAGIC,  Garage Technology Ventures and the Alliance of Chief Executives for their great support of Camp BizSmart’s business and entrepreneur training. A video was then shown providing context to the students’ accomplishments and the role of business case sponsors. This video is […]

The Magic of WAGIC – how a design company is inspiring young entrepreneurs

In these challenging economic times it is good to remember what has made this country great – good people with a clear vision and inner drive to make life better for others and in doing so made life better for their families and their communities. Camp BizSmart wants to salute just such a company – WAGIC – an industrial design firm that has created problem solving products of their own design as well as improved the designs and go to market strategies of products for many firms. Some of the WAGIC Team who come to Camp BizSmart Working with Camp BizSmart student teams over the past two years, WAGIC designers […]

Design wizards bring great ideas to life at WAGIC!

Imagine this… you have a vivid dream about a new invention that will solve a problem you have been working on. This invention will help many people. Then you wake up, and if only you could capture exactly how it looked in your minds’ eye, and the cool functions you imagined. Well, what if you could do a rough sketch of your idea and write down to the best of your ability the features and the benefits to the customer? Now, if only you had someone who could take these sketches and descriptions and with input from you – bring your idea to life in a beautiful rendering. That’s exactly […]

Camp BizSmart at Newpreneur Finals

These smiling faces (left to right: Mike Gibbs, Karthik Bala, Peggy Gibbs, Michael Cheng, Tom Peters, Fernanda Gutierrez, Michaela Kastelman, Sachin Vadodaria, and Ellen Pieterse. Samir Kishore was not present.) show the excitement of the winning Camp BizSmart team with Newpreneur of the Year Finale featured speaker, Tom Peters. The students enjoyed talking with Mr. Peters, one of the most influential and distinctive voices in the business world and the author of numerous books including In Search of Excellence. Ken Johnson, VP of Ideas at WAGIC a valued partner of Camp BizSmart, observed “Those teen entrepreneurs having the opportunity to talk to Tom Peters, is like young musicians talking with […]