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Silicon Valley Comes to Baylor this Summer!

The Camp BizSmart Entrepreneurship Academy is a fun, intensive, two-week summer experience for boys and girls age 11 – 15.  Want to work on skills that will help you become the creators of the world’s next great products and companies?  Look no further than Camp BizSmart at Baylor!

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The Uniquely Different Entrepreneurship Experience

Now in its tenth year, the Camp BizSmart “Learn by Doing Model” was inspired by the founders’ experience developing executives at General Electric, Texas Instruments, and other Fortune 500 companies. The “Learn-Do-Check-Act” curriculum links real-world business projects and topic specific “mini-cases” that cultivate valuable skills, insights and inspirations designed to fuel a lifetime of achievement and success. Camp BizSmart programs have been featured on CNN and CNBC, the Silicon Valley Innovation and Product Design & Business Plan Academy.

  • Join the first ever entrepreneurship cohort group, age 11 -15, east of the Mississippi
  • Pioneer the character, courage and citizenship of Silicon Valley
  • Live on campus at one of the top college prep academies in the Southeast
  • Create and invent prototypes in the Baylor School Makers Idea lab
  • Take an outdoor adventure in the wilds of the Tennessee River valley
  • Work with local start-ups with exciting and charismatic CEO’s
  • Work on a leading edge clean water project at the world famous Tennessee Freshwater Aquarium
  • The top student from this Baylor cohort, will earn a full tuition scholarship to the BizSmart Global Silicon Valley Business Accelerator
This working camp at Baylor School will draw top students to the world’s only project-based skills academy for “tweenpreneurs” age 11 – 15. We want to make Chattanooga and the Baylor School the center of entrepreneurship education for the next generation of ‘Idea Makers and World Shakers’ east of the Mississippi." - Michael Gibbs, BizSmart Global CEO and co-founder

Camp Information

Dates: June 11–24, 2017

Residential Check In/Out:
Check in: Sunday, June 11: 3-5pm
Check out: Saturday, June 24: before 10am

Dorm Information:
Students will be housed and chaperoned in one of Baylor’s beautiful residence halls. Tips and information on what to bring will be provided following registration.

Meal Information:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for students in the Baylor dining hall.

Options include an overnight residential camp and limited openings for local students who do not wish to board, but still want to be a part of the  entrepreneurial  academy during the day. 

Residential: $3,295.00*
Non-Residential: $1,695

payment options include 1/2 deposit to hold the spot and remaining 1/2 due  May 31

What to Expect

On days 1–8 teams will create a concept design and write a business plan. Day 9, teams compete for 1st place in front of a panel of investors and entrepreneurs. Day 10 is a celebration showcasing student team designs, giving and the presentation of graduation certificates. Students will work with their teams after hours to refine their solution, further build collaboration skills, and practice their presentation. Prior to arriving, students can sign up for outdoor adventure weekend activities such as rock climbing, canoeing and white water rafting. The Tennessee Aquarium is invited to participate in an innovative clean water business case. Finally, the top student will receive a full tuition scholarship to the first-of-its-kind BizSmart Global Silicon Valley Business Accelerator.


Please note: Attendance is mandatory for all 10 days. This is a team-based competition, and everyone plays a vital role. Teams with absent members would find it extremely difficult to succeed.

June 12-16 and June 19-23
8:00 – 8:25 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 4:30 pm: Camp program
4:35 pm – 10:00 pm: Dinner and evening activities

June 16 & 17
Students will have a choice of outdoor activities in the beautiful Tennessee valley, including canoeing, rock climbing and white-water rafting.

June 22
8:00 – 8:25 am: Breakfast
8:30 am – 4:30 pm: Design and business plan competition
4:35 pm – 10:00 pm: Dinner and evening activities

June 23 Location TBD:
1:00 – 1:30 pm: Student and guest sign-in
1:30 – 4:30 pm: Graduation, Awards Ceremony, and Reception Parents and siblings are urged to attend with students.

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The Center of Entrepreneurship Education

“This working camp at Baylor School will draw top students to the world’s only project- based skills academy for “tweenpreneurs” age 11 – 15. Student business teams will solve hands-on product design challenges specifically developed by the CEOs and founders of some of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley, Chattanooga and the Southeast. We want to make Chattanooga and Baylor School the center of entrepreneurship education for the next generation of ‘Idea Makers and World Shakers’ east of the Mississippi. ”  -  Michael Gibbs, BizSmart CEO and co-founder.

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The Chattanooga Way

Chattanooga’s long history of public-private partnerships dates back to an era when the city faced dire pollution before a downtown renaissance, which was largely funded by Baylor alumus John T. Lupton ’44, transformed the riverfront. The city’s movement of doing things “The Chattanooga Way” continues today through the combined efforts of philanthropic foundations (Lyndhurst and Benwood); four entrepreneurship support organizations (The Company Lab, Chambliss Startup Group, Lamp Post Group and Launch); and four organizations in the public sector (the mayor's office, Electric Power Board, Enterprise Center and Innovation District). Chattanooga’s emerging startup community is also supported by Launch Tennessee, which sponsors Co.Lab, and Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, an angel investor group. EPB's fastest-in-the-nation web speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, has also played a role.

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The Baylor Way

Since its founding in 1893 by some of Chattanooga’s most prominent entrepreneurs (including John Thomas Lupton, the first investor in Coca-Cola Bottling) Baylor School has held the position as one of the Southeast’s most prestigious boarding schools. Known for best practices in experiential education, Baylor continues to lead with innovations in curriculum and teaching spaces. In the summer of 2015, the IdeaLab was created as a place for students to gather, share resources and knowledge, collaborate on projects, network, and transform big ideas into realities. With a dedicated computer lab next door, the space is equipped with three 3D printers, a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router, and furniture, all of which facilitate collaboration and building. The IdeaLab is home for a robotics club, new engineering design class, and STEAM team.


Call for more information about Camp BizSmart at Baylor School.
Dr. Mike Gibbs
(408) 472-6701