Tag Archives: Silicon Valley Community Foundation

ZEPP Labs sponsored team, Leap Insole, takes 1st place at Camp BizSmart June 25th competition at Microsoft

The June 15-26, 2015 session of Camp BizSmart, a entrepreneur business academy for students 11-15, was so popular, to address the demand, two simultaneous sessions were offered: one at Stanford University led by Elian Savodivker, and one at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in San Mateo, led by Abhinav Dev.  Ten teams from these two sessions came together on June 25, 2015 at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley headquarters to present their business product solutions to angel investors. Students at Camp BizSmart were challenged to create an innovative product solution to address a real world problem provided by one of three company CEOs: Jason Fass, CEO of ZEPP Labs, Menko Deroos, CEO of Xicato and Stanley […]

Camp BizSmart Announces 3 COOL 2015 Biz Case Sponsors from Hot Companies, ZEPP Labs, XICATO and NeuroSky

This summer, students who are 11-15 years of age and have applied to attend the two week session of Camp BizSmart, will have the opportunity to work with very cool CEO’s from hot companies to create a new product innovation to solve a major problem sponsored by one of three great companies, ZEPP Labs, XICATO and NeuroSky.    Following are the 3 big problems Camp BizSmart students will select from to work with executive roles in teams to design their innovative product solution. The three business cases  to solve this year are impressive and provide great opportunity to demonstrate the value that new innovation can bring to: reducing injury and enjoying sports more;  speeding healing and […]

Control your own destiny – or someone else will! What SXSW and Camp BizSmart have in common

Legendary business leader and former GE CEO Jack Welch is appearing at SXSW (South By Southwest) with Gary Vaynerchuk, rogue entrepreneur and venture capitalist to discuss what it really takes to win in business.  Moderated by Susie Welch, former editor of the Harvard Business Review, Jack and Gary will talk about what it takes to do business in the fast paced, ever changing global marketplace.  Both will urge listeners to reject the status quo. So what does this have to do with Camp BizSmart?  Dr. Mike Gibbs, CEO and Co-Founder of Camp BizSmart worked for Jack Welch as Director of Training and Development at GE Aircraft Engines. Dr. Mike was […]

Announcing Camp BizSmart’s Top Team for 2014: RevoArc sponsored by Revolights

Well it is official, out of the top three teams who earned first place in each of the three Camp BizSmart product design and business plan competitions held at Microsoft Silicon Valley this summer, the team that captured the top team ranking is: RevoArc. .  Revolights Revo Arc Team pictured above: Krithika Veerappan, CEO; Bryant Gavello, CSO; Aidan Cullen, VOC; Jeffrey Liu, CIO; Ethan Hwang, CMO; Laila Del Rosario, CTO; and Allen Yao, CIO; during the competition at Microsoft, then getting a big reaction out of judge Bill Reichert who is sitting with other judges, John Butler and Marty Reed;  and then receiving their 1st place certificates at the August […]

Arc Lights Revolights Team takes 1st place at Camp BizSmart June 2014 Entrepreneurship Academy

The Camp BizSmart Student team who took first place at the June business plan and product design competition was, drum roll please: Revolights Team Arc Lights.  Their challenge was to create a new innovative lighting system to reduce accidents and injury of children and parents who use jogging strollers.  The judges picked Team Arc Lights as the best product solution out of nine Revolights and Vintage Electric business teams at the product design and business plan competition held at Microsoft in Silicon Valley.   The Vintage Electric teams created portable charging solutions for the electric bike. At Camp BizSmart students are mentored by executives of hot Silicon Valley companies to solve […]

Camp BizSmart Offers Rare Opportunity to Work With and Learn From Successful Company Founders

Have you ever wished you could talk to a successful founder to learn how they brought their product idea to market?  Have you wondered how to meet successful entrepreneurs or to snag an internship at great company to acquire experience and develop essential marketable skills? We know from parents, friends and colleagues that many of you have wished for just this opportunity and yet found it to be elusive. Camp BizSmart students gain hands on insight into how business problems are solved and how product ideas get to market from company founders.  Before creating Camp BizSmart with my partner, I was a business development executive in several great companies including Stanford Children’s […]

Vintage Electric Bikes to be Camp BizSmart 2014 Biz Case Sponsor

As Andrew Davidge, CEO and founder of Vintage Electric Bikes says, ” a bicycle is such a simple machine, but performs a huge task in transporting us so efficiently and economically. Realizing the potential of an elegantly designed, quality electric bike, I believe that this amazing machine could be improved to better serve our 21st century lives.”   Having raced bikes for several years Andrew was passionate about creating a great transportation vehicle that was also energy efficient and had an elegant design.  While still in his 20’s Andrew has proven to be a dynamic entrepreneur with a great team who work with him and also mentor him. Electric bikes are […]

Key Skills For Youth To Succeed and Thrive!

As founders of teen entrepreneurship academy, Camp BizSmart, the question asked most by parents is “how can my son or daughter prepare to compete, thrive and succeed in this wildly unpredictable global economy?”  We say the challenge is like training for the Olympics and not knowing what your event you are entered in or the position on the team until the day of the competition!  Here are our thoughts on how to help your sons and daughters be prepared for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Ready your students for a fast change world! Give them the skills to embrace it and be energized by it! Make change a […]