Darren Kimura CEO Sopogy with student teams – Website
Students gain experience in business skills through hands-on activities and receive coaching from Camp BizSmart staff members Camp Director, John Rankin, and facilitators Phil Kimi, Krisha Arnobit and Brent Aratani. Expert mentors offered real life examples of how they apply competitive analysis, cash flow, marketing and sales strategies that support their business models. These business examples combined with mentored hands-on practice helped students gain skills in problem solving and critical thinking which they applied to brainstorm and solve the business problem they were given.
How is it determined if the students understood the concepts they were exposed to? Students compete in a business plan competition where they present and defend their solutions to a panel of executives. Was there a winner? You bet! Since there were multiple teams working on the same business problem they are designated by team number and company name. Camp BizSmart Oahu – 1st place winner – went to Sopogy team 1 students: Team: Ryne Sato, Christian Gutierrez, Tate Higahihara, Troy Enoka and Dakota Miller created a water desalination device that was portable and affordable and runs completely on sunlight! The rendering below was created by industrial design firm, WAGIC, who used both the students sketches and discussions with them to illustrate their new product invention.