An entrepreneur camp developed in Silicon Valley is coming to Chattanooga for the second time.
Camp BizSmart aims to teach kids between 11 and 15 years old how to be an entrepreneur by having them learn from real-world business problems.
During the two-week summer camp, participants will learn building a product to fulfill a need, conflict resolution, decision-making skills and how to work on a team.
Business problems for the camp come from one of Camp BizSmart’s partners. Partners in the past have ranged from national companies such as Netflix to local ones such as the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute.
Campers are split into groups and given positions that mimic actual business roles, such as CEO. The campers then act in their roles to come up with a solution to fix the problem together.
Teams have to create a business plan, PowerPoint presentation and a competitor analysis before pitching their product to a panel of judges.
“A lot of the [campers] come from families who are already involved in [entrepreneurship], so they already have some seed of interest,” camp director Marla Zemanek said. “This gives them a process to learn what is really required.”
Kids will also get to engage in activities such as zip lining or touring Rock City.
The cost for a residential camper is $3,495, and the cost for a day camper is $1,795. The session at Baylor can accommodate a maximum of 42 campers.
Camp BizSmart at Baylor will run June 17–30. This will be the only camp session held in Tennessee.
Other camp sessions and their dates can be found here.
Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC, where she was previously the news editor of the student newspaper, The University Echo. Alina also worked at CNN during the summer of 2017 and is the former Chattanooga correspondent for 2nd & Church, a literary magazine based out of Nashville. You can reach Alina at [email protected] or on Twitter @alinahuntergrah.