Shooting Stars Entrepreneurship Camp - 2019 - Aug 6th - Aug 10th
Executed by : Ishaan Chopra, Divyanshi Singh
Entrepreneurship is about combining a passion with a problem you want to solve. In the shooting stars entrepreneurship camp students used their passions to unearth a problem,which they harnessed and found a solution for. That solution turned into a revolutionary business idea, which may someday become the next big thing. During the course of the San Ramon entrepreneurship camp students got an opportunity to meet the business leaders from various companies, learn about the latest technology trends,entrepreneurship skills, and how to develop their business pitches.
On the first day of the camp the COO and co-founder of popcorn apps talked about the entrepreneurial mindset, start up culture from Silicon Valley, and opportunity identification. In the afternoon, the co-founder of a company called RydeShield led a workshop about market validation and idea development.The participants were guided individually and in a group to make sure their ideas were feasible and executable. At the end they were introduced to the pitch deck.
On the second day, a software developer from VMWare talked about customer validation, different kinds of market research, and product development.Then, the VP of GE Digital led a workshop about prototyping and designing. Later in the day, the participants collaborated together in groups to create and design their company’s,name logo,and slogan.
On the third day of the camp the students had an opportunity to learn about raising capital and startup finance from the COO of 8k miles. Afterwards, there was another interactive workshop led by the VP of Flexport about supply chain, decision making, and analyzing financial statements.
On the fourth day of the camp the students visited google and intel, the Google tour was lead by a manager of application engineering and operations at Google. The students learned about artificial intelligence and product management from professionals at Google. Later, the participants explored the Robert Noyce museum at Intel and learned about Intel’s work ethic and day to day functioning. The participants got exposure to google and intel's technology, work culture, and industry experience. The students then presented their business pitches in front of the Intel panel, and got valuable feedback from them.
On the last day of the camp, successful entrepreneurs judged the student’s pitch deck,it was difficult to decide which team was the best because all of their ideas were noteworthy and unique.Camera cops won the Best Overall, On Fleek won the best idea, Set Search won most viable idea, and driverless won the best why. In just 5 days the students became budding entrepreneurs and perfected their business plan.Overall,the entrepreneurship camp was a valuable learning experience, where students got to explore their passion ,develop their ideas, and present their pitch decks.
Glimpses of Aug 2019 Camp
Shooting Stars Entrepreneurship Camp - 2019 - Aug 5th - Aug 9th
SSF volunteer Saketh Kamuju organized a 5-day camp with the assistance of Sami Bommu and Esha Agarwal in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Proceeds from this camp will help fund tuition for numerous SSF scholars.
On the first day of the camp the students were introduced to the Shooting Stars Foundation and were given an introduction to their pitch deck. Mr. Shivakiran Kommareddi, CEO of CoreCompete data analytics came in and talked to the students about the risks that all entrepreneurs must take and questions that entrepreneurs must ask themselves to improve their company and their service. The students were then introduced to their debate topic, The Fossil Fuels Industry vs. The Alternative Energy Industry, and worked on the first phase of their pitch decks.
On the second day of camp our speaker Erica Boyles of Tech Girlz came in and expressed the importance of understanding technology and why it is pertinent to being an entrepreneur. Afterwards, we worked on understanding key financial concepts such as revenue, profit, and expenses. Next, our speaker Bala Kamuju, CEO of Kris and Associates, came in and talked with the students about several concepts such as defining what an entrepreneur is, the difference between an entrepreneur and a businessman, and qualities almost all successful entrepreneurs have. Finally, the students had their debate about Alternative Energy and were introduced to their next debate topic, The Ethics of Nike and the NFL making money off Colin Kaepernick’s controversy.
On the third day of camp we held a workshop where the students analyzed businesses, and came up with all the different sections of a business and their purposes, such as Legal, Strategy, and Marketing. Next, Mr. Raj Kadumpalli of TIAA came in and held a talk about leadership and how leaders must have a set of values which they operate by to become more efficient. Following his talk, the students worked on the third phase of their pitch deck. Finally, the students held their debate about Nike and the NFL.
On the fourth day of the camp we had another workshop where the students learned about basic finances and how to manage them. The topics that were covered included credit history, banks, and how to invest money and where you can invest it. After the workshop, Mr. Brock Winslow, the Institutional Chancellor of NCSSM, came in and held a Socratic Seminar where he covered leadership, the different ways to facilitate diversity in, motivate using ethos pathos and logos, and manage teams. Next we had another speaker, Mr. Ritwik Pavan, CEO of Linker Logic, talk about how he started his company and the basics of app development, and how the industry will change in the future.
On the final day of the camp Ms. Pooja Venkataraman of BCG consulting group came in and talked about the role of a business consultant, and how they work with businesses to help them address a variety of problems such as boosting sales or minimizing labour costs. Finally, each team of students presented their pitches to our panel of judges and received feedback both on the design and logistics of their business to their speaking and marketing skills. By the end of the camp our students learned about the qualities of an entrepreneur, the aspects of businesses and their functions, developed their speaking skills, how to manage finances and make good investments, and through the pitches how to confidently market their businesses as well as formulate ideas and come up with logistics for them.
Glimpses of Aug 2019 Camp
Shooting Stars Entrepreneurship Camp - 2019 - June 25th - June 29th
SSF student volunteers, Aneek Kamasetty, Arvind Jayaraman, Anirudh Valiveru, and Arjun Virmani, organized a 5-day entrepreneurship camp this June in the Bay Area. Proceeds from this camp will help fund tuition for numerous SSF scholars.
On the first day of the camp, participants got a quick tour of the ServiceNow campus to see what a software company’s workspace looks like. Kannan Govindarajan and Murali Subbarao, Directors of ML Platform Engineering, ServiceNow educated participants on how to build upon an idea to create a company.
On the second day, camp participants got into groups to create elevator pitches. Alok Bhatia, CEO of Canvas Infotech, explained how to create an effective business plan. The participants then had an amazing experience exploring the labs of Aruba Networks to see how the company tested its products. This was followed by a question and answer session with Keerti Melkote, CEO of Aruba Networks.
On the third day, participants toured Google and were able to observe the work culture of the company. Afterwards, Howard Wu, a data scientist from Adara discussed machine learning and AI and how they apply to startups. Tesh Khullar, Senior VP of Sales, Flatiron Health, talked to the participants about sales and the importance of the customer perspective.
On the fourth day, teams worked diligently on their pitch presentations and prepared advertisements to market their company and products. Following that, Mr. Narayan Venkat, Vice President, Western Digital, gave an interactive presentation regarding marketing and its importance when launching a new product. Later, Mr. Sarukkai, an entrepreneur joined the group and shared real world struggles and successes associated with building a startup. The teams then refined their presentations based on volunteer feedback.
On the final day, the teams made their presentations to the judges (local entrepreneurs and executives) who provided valuable feedback. Proud parents were also present to see the week’s results. By the end of the camp, participants gained the confidence to formulate, market and pitch business ideas in front of a large audience.
Glimpses of June 2019 Camp
Shooting Stars Entrepreneurship Camp - 2019 - June 17th - June 23rd
Every new innovation in the world started off as an idea, and the goal of the Shooting Stars Tampa Entrepreneurship Camp was to enable more ideas to reach fruition. This one-week entrepreneurship camp attracted high schoolers from 3 different counties, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco, to come together and learn about how to turn a business idea into a viable business plan. This program was organized by Vaarun Ramanathan and Aabhas Jain, who planned out a week of workshops and job shadowing at local companies for their fellow high school students.
On the first day of the camp, participants were divided into groups and they ideated a business idea that they would then develop over the course of the week. Participants also learnt how to setup the fundamentals of a company and how layout the financials and revenue model for their new business idea through a workshop held by a Senior Associate at Morgan Hill Partners.
Then on the second day, participants had the opportunity to visit Amgen Inc. and learn how they operate. The Executive Directors of Information Systems, Finance, and Accounting of Amgen also ran interactive workshop for the participants to teach them about Decision Making, Negotiating, and Analyzing Financial Statements. On the third day, all participants had the opportunity to visit PracticeForces, a medical billing startup, and understand how to effectively brand and market their company. All groups also created a 1 minute ad describing their company using PracticeForce’s professional video studio.
The next day, the students visited Tampa Bay Wave, a local startup incubator, and learnt about the resources and network in the community to help entrepreneurs. The CEO of PikMyKid also presented about Prototyping and Customer Validation, to help all the groups get started with developing the MVP for their business idea.
Then on the final day of the program, participants finalized their business pitch presentation, and also learnt about corporate legal structures through an interactive workshop held by the Corporate Counsel for Jabil. Throughout the week of the camp, all the participants were able to develop their business idea into a complete 17-page business plan, create a business pitch for investors, make their own marketing video, and brand their company name and logo.
On Saturday, June 22, all participants had the opportunity to pitch their business plan to a panel of investors who provided feedback and awarded the group with the best Business Plan, and the group with the best Business Pitch. Rentathon (https://mailchi.mp/7dcdddf4b526/rentathon) won the award for the best Business Plan, and What’s In The Fridge won the award for the best Business Pitch. This entrepreneurship camp stimulated the business spirit within all the high school participants and has now enabled the next generation of entrepreneurs to prosper in the Tampa Bay Area
Glimpses of June 2019 Camp
Shooting Stars Entrepreneurship Camp - 2019 - Feb 19th - Feb 23rd
A diverse group of 25 students from various Bay Area High schools, participated in a week long Entrepreneurship camp. Industry speakers from Startup companies(VoiceBase, Vimana), to fast growing companies(Facebook, Finisar), and finally to well established organizations (Intel, SF 49ers) taught Entrepreneurship topics and prepared students to present business pitches based on their own ideas. Camp participants were trained with topics such as Entrepreneurship mindset, skillset, and various components required for a business pitch (Mission, Idea generation, design thinking, prototype, test of product, customer, marketing strategies, and revenue model). Students then brainstormed on several ideas ranging from business, non-profit, to problems being faced in the community. Teams were created based on the alignment of their ideas, followed by industry speaker training with presentation slides, workshops, whiteboard lessons, and Q&A interactions in sessions spread across the entire week.
Senior Marketing executive from VoiceBase(AI analytics based Startup) and founder of Vimana(Networking device to enable safe internet access for children) covered all end-to-end Entrepreneurship topics from how a real-life problem faced led to starting a company, to the steps involved in building a product, prototype, testing product, customer feedback, branding, marketing, raising capital, hiring talent, benefits and challenges of a startup.VP of Product development at Finisar(Leading optical communication product provider) covered different phases of product development and supply chain fundamentals. Panel of speakers from Facebook introduced to company culture, VR technology, networking lab, data center strategy and how to design to scale faster.Team at SF 49ers provided a full tour of Levi’s Stadium, introduced to business side of football such as predictable revenue models, corporate suites, seat licensing, dynamic pricing strategies. Marketing/Sales/Community relation executives also covered different marketing strategies, signing of players, and the importance and methods of community/customer relations.Intel as a company with it’s breadth, had speakers from Intel Venture capital, Branding,Marketing communications, business leaders in upcoming technologies such as AI, architects/leaders from CIG IP technology groups. Thanks to Intel and its executive speakers, students learnt topics related to Entrepreneurship, best practices, industry experience, got exposure to Intel technology, work culture, 50+years of successful business/innovation engine.
Students collaborated in teams to refine their ideas with feedback from Intel speakers, coaches, did market research, financial modeling and presented their business pitches to judges from Intel Capital venture and Product architects. Student teams not only learnt fundamentals of Entrepreneurship but also took the next step and presented viable business pitch decks with their own ideas for conserving energy, converting energy, solution to solve food waste, wrist band for SOS health service, therapy for stress relief etc.