Tag Archives: young entrepreneurs

An Open Letter to Parents and Backers of Future Idea Makers and World Shakers

“To be or not to be, that is the question….” This moment in time seems a little bit, or maybe a lot like a Shakespearean play—perhaps Hamlet. Yes, everyone has a lot of questions about how all this will turn out. We wanted you to know that as the founders of Camp BizSmart, both of us are looking forward with a high sense of optimism, zest and some measure of grit, although I guess that is for others to decide. At Camp BizSmart we say that Character, Courage and Citizenship matters—-a lot, and we couldn’t think of a better time to discover your gifts and apply those values then right […]

The 3-step program for success: “Show up on time. Know the text. Have a head full of ideas.”

One of my favorite actors is Tom Hanks.  You may know him as the character from one of his many top rated movies.  At the Golden Globes he took the time to share some wisdom gained from experience that made me think of Mr. Rogers, who Hanks has just portrayed on screen.  Fred Rogers, known to most as simply Mr. Rogers said this: “It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life that ultimately nourish our souls.  It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is firm. ” Hanks urged us […]

Announcing the Camp BizSmart 2019 North American Grand Champion Team: A Helping Hand, an Ekso Bionics Biz Case Team

The final results are in, drum roll please, the 2019 North American Camp BizSmart Grand Champion Team out of all first place teams from Summer 2019, is: Ekso Bionics team, A Helping Hand. These aspiring young entrepreneurs attended the Camp BizSmart entrepreneur academy this summer at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. Pictured above is the team following their product innovation and pitch presentation at the Camp BizSmart Competition on July 19th at Microsoft in Silicon Valley. A special thank you to Eksobionics CEO, Jack Peurach and Jason Jones, VP of Product Development for inspiring our Camp BizSmart students to investigate the future of Eksobionics to provide technology designed […]

Camp BizSmart Announces the July 7-19, 2019 Silicon Valley 1st Place team – A Helping Hand – Biz Case Sponsor: EksoBionics

Camp BizSmart is pleased to announce the First Place Teams from the 2019 Summer US, North American Entrepreneurship Workshops. Teams of aspiring young change makers age 11 – 15, selected from three great product innovation business cases created with very current and in the news companies: PsiBands, Ekso Bionics and Drobots. Camp BizSmart teams at Santa Clara University and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, designed entirely unique new products for the companies, wrote a business plan, and made an investor pitch to Silicon Valley Sharks at Microsoft. See business cases here: For nine days future world shakers learn and practice valuable real-world skills by solving actual business problems from hot […]

Camp BizSmart July 22-Aug 2, 2019 Silicon Valley 1st Place Team – DroBros – BizCase Sponsor: Drobots

Camp BizSmart is pleased to announce the First Place Teams from the 2019 Summer US, North American Entrepreneurship Workshops. Teams of aspiring young change makers age 11 – 15, selected from three great product innovation business cases created with very current and in the news companies: PsiBands, Ekso Bionics and Drobots. Camp BizSmart teams at Santa Clara University and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, designed entirely unique new products for the companies, wrote a business plan, and made an investor pitch to Silicon Valley Sharks at Microsoft. See business cases here:https://campbizsmart.org/our-camps/business-cases/ For nine days future world shakers learn and practice valuable real-world skills by solving actual business problems from hot […]

Camp BizSmart announces a Tesla, Apple, Uber, self-driving car – autonomous vehicle product innovation business case

“The next generation of world shakers at Camp BizSmart 2019 will have the opportunity to design an out-of-the-box, totally new and innovative device for the cool California Coast company Psi Bands to improve the ride for people taking autonomous vehicles (AV’s) from one place to another. The device will give passengers more control over the ride, reduce car sickness, ( a major problem for riders in AV’s) and collect data to give customers for cars made by Tesla, Apple and Uber a more informed choice about which AV provides the safest, stress free, comfortable ride. Check out the Camp BizSmart 2019 Business Innovation Case which is sure to help change […]

Levi Kline, CampBizSmart Alum and Serial Entrepreneur’s Latest Venture: “Compliments”

“Hi, I am Levi Kline, a high school freshman at Calabasas High School. I’m probably too young to call myself a serial entrepreneur, but I have a passion for coming up with ideas for businesses – especially businesses that help solve social problems or which address important social issues. I was in third grade when I had the idea for my first company, an online platform called Clubknowit. In third grade, lunchtime was very short, and my friends and I always had trouble organizing activities and coming up with teams in the time we had. I also noticed that certain kids often got left out of these games or got […]

Back by Popular Demand: Camp BizSmart Returns to the Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN June 17-29, 2018

After a successful inaugural year with 24 young students from five states and two countries, Camp BizSmart is returning to Chattanooga, Tennessee this year. “It was super exciting, and we saw tremendous growth in all the kids,” Marla Zemanek, Camp Director says of the 2017 event. Like last year, the program will be held at The Baylor School June 17-29, and participants will stay in beautiful Baylor dormitories. https://www.baylorschool.org/ The Baylor School campus presents a unique setting for camp. Nestled along the Tennessee River with stunning views, vast green carpets of grass and canopies of trees, campers are able to enjoy a tremendous number of activities at the end of […]

A Champion Mindset – What the Olympics Showcase and How Camp BizSmart Develops Champions

There are many things in life that we can’t control and that we don’t know yet. If you believe that any of us will only rise as high as our confidence level, than let me share a secret from Vince Lombardi. “All confidence is about how you approach the unknowable.” Lombardi also says, “Each of us must determine exactly how we will approach this unknowable part of life.” Many will approach it with fear and caution. Some will try to ignore it. Champions, however approach the unknowable with confidence and faith that they will find a way forward. Darrin Donnelly in his book, Think Like A Warrior, says it like […]

Enflux – Camp BizSmart 2017 Product Innovation Partner

  Doug Hoang, CEO, Founder of Enflux partnered with Camp BizSmart to provide a forward looking business case our students worked on this summer.  Enflux is a revolutionary motion capture suit for virtual reality, sports, fitness, entertainment, and health care.  The business case written with Doug concentrated on how the sensor technology might be used to improve the sport/activity or rehabilitation experience in order to have the physical fitness needed to prevent injury or to heal from an injury. This was assisted with the StopOverdoseIL.org team, namely Aaron with the Xanax addiction arm. Teams throughout the summer came up with various product innovation solutions they believed would best address the […]