Keiretsu Forum Honors Camp BizSmart Biz Plan Competition Winner
Nov 11, 2012
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 seems only fitting to honor these students for their entrepreneurial grit at the Angel Capital Expo among other entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The Hydrovolts Team 5 as they are known, created Ebb N’ Flow, a revolutionary hydrokinetic system. The Ebb N’ Flow system consists of 16 Flip Wing micro turbines that would be placed in waste water pipes to harness the power of flowing water to generate electricity. The students’ product solution concept was created to address the business opportunity given to them by Burt Hamner, Founder and CEO of Hydrovlots. The students conceived and drew by hand all components of the design, industrial engineers from WAGIC, met with the students, went over their sketches and product details, then discussed what the final illustration should look like. The result is the product rendering below:
Burt Hamner appeared at the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo in 2011 and took home the Most Valued Company Award. It was at this event that Peggy Gibbs, COO, Cofounder, Camp BizSmart and BizSmart Global, sought out Mr. Hamner and pitched the idea of working together to provide a business case for Camp BizSmart students to solve during the 10 day entrepreneur sessions that would benefit the students and his company by gathering innovative ideas on a promising market solution they had only begun to explore.
Camp BizSmart Hydrovolts Ebb N’ Flow Team Members are: Jackson Barrett, CEO & CFO, Valerie Woo, CIO, Emmit Tactac, CMO, Rene Siakkhasone, CTO and Karla Jurado, CSO pictured below with Crystal Chang, Session Curriculum Director. This session was conducted at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Executive Conference Center.
The Camp BizSmart Top Team for 2012 will have the opportunity to spend the day observing other entrepreneurs pitch their best ideas and compete for recognition for the most valued team and to network with other entrepreneurs during the exhibit portion of the day. And perhaps, another company founder will decide to sponsor a business case for students to create innovative solutions that explore market opportunity and provide examples of might may just be the next winning idea. To discuss being a business case sponsor for 2013, contact Peggy Gibbs at email@example.com.
“What better place to honor Camp BizSmart’s young entrepreneurs, who have the potential to create great value and address the challenging problems in our ever-changing world, then at our Angel Capital Expo,” said Sonja Markova, Managing Director of Keiretsu Forum. “We are pleased to be a strategic partner of Camp BizSmart and to continue to inspire and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit.”
Register to Attend
The Keiretsu Angel Capital Expo will feature a dozen presentations from early stage companies in technology, life sciences, consumer products, real estate, financial services, social ventures, and other segments with high growth potential. All presenters will be pre-screened by a select committee of Keiretsu Forum members. Each entrepreneur will make a 15-minute presentation and will be available for additional discussion and due diligence at their exhibitor booth throughout the day. Following the presentations, the attendees will vote and award the top three presenting companies the “Most Valued Company” award.
Hosted by Keiretsu Forum, the Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community. Invitation to attend is extended only to accredited investors. Accredited investors wishing to attend the Angel Capital Expo please contact Nina Quasebarth, Associate, Investor/Member Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (415) 573-0753.
About Camp BizSmart
Camp BizSmart inspires young entrepreneurs with hands-on education and expert mentors. Instilling in students 11-15 entrepreneurial “thrival skills” for the global competitive marketplace, Camp BizSmart draws upon real world business experts from companies like Serious Energy, Cisco, Apple and Google and “hot topic” business cases from innovative companies award winning companies such as Hydrovolts, d.light design, NeuroSky, etc. to practice and gain mastery in essential 21st century skills. At world renowned Organizations such as Stanford University at the Landau Center and Fisher Conference Center, in partnership with the Precourt Center for Energy Efficiency; the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Executive Conference Center, and Punahou School in Hawaii, and more, our graduates are inspired to be courageous, dream big and work hard, play by the rules, and challenge themselves to create priceless value for their customers, communities, their country and the world. Microsoft, is host to the business plan competition and WAGIC, an industrial design firm, creates the renderings of the students’ product designs. For more information, please visit, www.campbizsmart.org To learn about our global programs for 12-18 year olds visit: www.bizsmartglobal.com and www.bizsmartglobal.com/india/