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.