Written by Peggy Gibbs, Originally posted on the Camp BizSmart Website
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 also available on the Camp BizSmart website to view anytime.
It was fitting that Kent Frankovich, the founder and CEO of Revolights and also the business case sponsor was present. Kent and his team at Revolights had been introduced to Peggy and Mike Gibbs, founders at Camp BizSmart as a potential business case sponsor by Sonja Markova, a Camp BizSmart Advisor and member of Keiretsu Forum. Revolights had caught the attention of the Keiretsu Forum winning the Eureka Pitch Competition, having run a successful campaign on Kickstarter and also the Shark Tank.
Randy Williams, the Founder and CEO of Keiretsu along with Sonja Markova, have been passionate supporters of Camp BizSmart since the camp founding year of 2008. Randy and Sonja have made it possible to bring the winning team of students to give their pitch and talk about their experience, as well as to have the opportunity to hear dozens of companies vie to be named the top valued company in a day long competition.
- Camp BizSmart Team CEO, Krithika Veerappan, answers questions provided by Randy Williams, after giving the product solution elevator pitch
Camp BizSmart provides essential business and entrepreneur skills to students age 11 to 19 at premiere venues in Silicon Valley such as Stanford University as well as internationally in Mumbai, India. Cool CEO’s from Hot Current Companies provide real business cases for teams of students to solve with expert mentors to provide just in time hands on learning. Sessions for 11-15 yr olds and for 16-19 yr olds are available.
A special thank you and shout out to all the amazing mentors such as Kevin Surace and Aamir Patel, and Jim Sweeney, and 2014 companies Revolights, and Vintage Electric Bikes, as well as the great judges for this years competition, Bill Reichert, Marty Reed, Paul Witkay, Harry Motro, and John Butler who make Camp BizSmart truly a one of a kind experience.
To be considered to be a business case sponsor, contact Peggy Gibbs, firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information or to sign up for future sessions, please visit the Camp BizSmartwebsite: www.campbizsmart.org