Tag Archives: Sonja Markova

BizSmart Accelerator 2019 Best of Show – Passenger Air Vehicle for Bell Flight & Biz Strategy for Future Transportation

During the Summer of 2019, aspiring entrepreneurs came from all over the globe to the BizSmart Accelerator for a unique and out-of-the-box design challenge presented by iconic aerospace company Bell Flight, partner with Uber to obtain the first FAA approval for a flying “air taxi”. The project was to define a unique target market, engineer the human factor cabin interface and cabin design for an autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV). Even though Bell Flight is far into the air vehicle design of the Nexus Air Taxi, there are many aspects of the human interaction with an autonomous PAV that need to be shaped by the generation who will be flying […]

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 Latest Innovations and Coolest Entrepreneurs – It’s All at the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo – Nov 20, 2014

You won’t want to miss the Keirstsu Forum‘s Angel Capital Expo held on Nov. 20, 2014 at Microsoft. Those in the know already are aware that the Angel Capital Expo is the place to see unique companies with emerging innovations and rub shoulders with the best and brightest in Silicon Valley.   But what you may not know is that Keiretsu Forum is a strategic partner of Camp BizSmart and will honor the top student team from Camp BizSmart for having the winning product innovation at the 2014 business plan and product design competitions held at Microsoft. Revo Arc was the winning entrepreneurship team out of 27 teams and is pictured […]

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 […]

ABC Hit Show “Shark Tank” winner to sponsor 2014 Camp BizSmart Project

Big dreams meet big money on ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank.  Dr. Mike Gibbs, CEO of Camp BizSmart says, “Shark Tank is the bomb”, if you don’t know what Shark Tank is, where have you been the last few years?”  75% of the students who come to Camp BizSmart watch Shark Tank to see entrepreneurs enter the Shark “Tank” (at Sony Pitchers studio in Culver City, Calif.) win financial support and convince the “Sharks” to invest in their companies.  This hit show, drew 8.2 million viewers in January, so Camp BizSmart students are on to something watching to see the “Next New Invention”.  Many of the products pitched on the […]

Camp BizSmart Teens Honored at Keiretsu Angel Capital Expo at Microsoft during Global Entrepreneurship Week

The youngest entrepreneurs in the room on November 21, 2013 were teenagers who had taken top honors at the Camp BizSmart 2013 product design and business plan competition.  Their reward was to attend the Keiretsu Forum‘s Angel Capital Expo  – a priceless day of inspiration, observation and networking with a who’s who of leading innovators and angel investors.  The icing on the cake for this team was to interact with Keiretsu Founder and CEO, Randy Williams and Sonja Markova, Managing Director on stage who is an advisor to Camp BizSmart. Sonja introduced Peggy Gibbs, COO, cofounder of Camp BizSmart.  Peggy noted the importance of honoring the mentors and advisors who […]

Camp BizSmart’s Top Team of 2013, Sprell, sponsored by mOasis, to Appear at Keiretsu Forum Nov 21 in Silicon Valley

Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment network, announces its Silicon Valley Angel Capital Expo on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 from 11:30am to 7:00pm at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California.  Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs seeking funding capital to grow their businesses.   On November 21st more than 300 of the Bay Area’s most active and respected angel investors will attend the Expo.  Among the angel investors and entrepreneurs will be seven young people who earned the honor of being the Camp BizSmart top team for 2013 in the product design and business plan competition which was held at Microsoft […]

Announcing Camp BizSmart’s Top Team for 2013 – mOasis, Sprell

Competition was really fierce this summer 2013 and our judges noted that student business product solutions to create new market opportunities for either mOasis or Ekso Bionics, our company business case sponsors, were innovative, well designed and had great market potential. There were three Camp BizSmart sessions, each with a 1st place winner.  Out of the 1st place winning teams: mOasis, Floasis; Ekso Bionics, Ekso Rangers; and mOasis, Sprell, one was named the top grand finale team for 2013.   Becoming a 1st place team made them a contender for the grand finale round top title.  Competition judges who are investors and executives, noted that each 1st place team had identified […]

Pitching to Angels — Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo — May 2, 2013

The Keiretsu Forum, a strategic business partner of Camp BizSmart, will present their 13th bi-annual Angel Capital Expo on May 2, 2013. The Expo is Keiretsu Forum’s signature event bringing together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. The grand prize for Camp BizSmart’s top team each year is an invitation to the November Angel Capital Expo in San Francisco where they network with angel funders and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the day and after observing entrepreneurs make their pitches, are themselves are honored on stage for the product innovation and business plan that earned the most valued designation.  This May 2nd Event is an excellent opportunity for Camp BizSmart students, alums […]

Keiretsu Forum Honors Winning 2012 Camp BizSmart Team

Keiretsu Forum, the world’s largest angel investment community, will hold its upcoming Angel Capital Expo on November 15, 2012 from 7:30am to 3:00pm at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. At this premier gathering of angel investors and entrepreneurs, will be five young people aged 14 and 15, who will be honored for their achievement in winning the Camp BizSmart business plan competition 2012 with their own innovative product solution. This team captured this award besting more than 25 teams who competed for this honor. The week of November 12-16, 2012 is Global Entrepreneurship Week when more than 30,000 events focused on entrepreneurship will occur around the world. It […]