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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 […]

Mom was right – “If you want to do great things, hang out with great people!”

You know how people always say that if you want to be a great tennis player, play with people better than you? So you want to be a great entrepreneur? Well, the same thing applies – if you want to be a great critical thinker, problem solver and innovator – hang out with great thinkers who have demonstrated success solving real problems! Do great role models matter? We believe they do, and that’s why the entrepreneurs who come to share their wisdom and experiences with students at Camp BizSmart are selected with great care. These entrepreneurs have created successful companies, with real value and are also great people who are […]

Camp BizSmart Business Plan Competition 2009

What a great business plan competition we had at Lucas Hall on the campus of Santa Clara University last Thursday, August the 13th. Eight teams representing sponsor companies Valence Energy, Hara, Serious Materials and FRS had 15 minutes to convince the six judges, Cris Banks (Haas Business School), Brad Mattson (Vantage Point Ventures), Bill Reichert (Garage Technology Ventures), David Dembitz (Keiretsu Forum), Chris Law (Aggregate Knowledge), and Kelly Sang (Alibaba.com) that their idea was worthy of taking to market. Judges Cris Banks, Brad Mattson, and David Dembitz Judges left to right Bill Reichert, David Dembitz, Chris Law and Kelly Sang quiz the “Tweenpreneurs” about financial and marketing strategies. Michaela Kastelman […]

WAGIC WOWS Camp BizSmart Inventors

Ken Johnson & Cassie Tweed work with the Valence Energy 2 team Camp BizSmart students were mightly impressed today when Los Gatos great idea company, WAGIC, brought in their renderings of each team’s inventions. Cassie, an industrial designer at WAGIC and co-founder Ken Johnson get feedback from the Valence Energy 2 team on the teams idea for an innovative mechanical device to clean installed solar panels. Based on the team’s design, Cassie and Ken will go back and make modifications to the drawing as part of the Valence Energy Team 2′s presentation to the judges on Thursday. Cassie Tweed, Seung Kim & Yugen Lockhart quiz Team Valence Energy on changes […]