Fifth Annual Global Partnership Winners Announced

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week held on August 17-23, 2014, provided a unique opportunity for student teams and faculty from all over the world to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. During this week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, student teams from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, Italy, Mexico, and the United States competed in the Global Student Business Concept Challenge for a $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy.

The grand prize went to Julia Wache, Galena Kostoska, Alberto Parrella, and Leonardo Stenico of Team feelSpace, representing the University of Trento, Italy. Their winning concept provides a navigation device for blind people. It is a belt that has vibrating units around the waist, which points to a selected goal – either a GPS coordinate or north, and vibrates to indicate the way. This is especially useful for blind and visually impaired people who need their hands and ears free to fully perceive their environment when navigating. As a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort, their name and university will be etched into the base of the Global Challenge Trophy, which will reside at VT KnowledgeWorks in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Grand Prize Winner of VTKW Global Student Business Challenge feelSpacePictured left to right: Dr. Roberto Napoli of the University of Trento with Team feelSpace, including Leonardo Stenico, Galena Kostoska, Alberto Parrella, and Julia Wache.

The second place prize of $5,000 was awarded to Team Santé West representing the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. Cam Stuart of Santé West presented this concept, which aims to bring the proven science of partial weight bearing to a personal, convenient device, helping the user recover from knee and lower leg injuries in less time with better functional outcomes.

The People’s Choice award of $5,000, sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, was selected by vote of the event attendees at the Global Student Business Concept Challenge. The People’s Choice was awarded to Team DD-MOff from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile, whose business concept was a natural product designed to be applied on any object that was in contact with Didymo, a highly invasive algae spreading in several rivers and lakes around the world. The product kills the algae effectively and reduces the chance of dissemination to new environments, while not affecting other ecosystems. Andrea Carolina Mohr Beckdorf, Trinidad Schlotterbeck Suárez, and Alison Kareen Scheuch González presented the concept.

The competition finals at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center on August 21, 2014, were part of a week-long celebration of student entrepreneurship and students’ important contributions to the global economy. Bob Grebe and Tara Wheeler, co-anchors of the Fox 21/27 Morning News in Roanoke, were the Masters of Ceremonies of the Global Student Business Concept Challenge. Also at The Hotel Roanoke, a regional audience welcomed the global attendees at the Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception highlighting unique food and music of the New River and Roanoke Valleys on August 20, 2014.

During the rest of their visit to Virginia, international teams remained in Blacksburg, housed by local families. They spent interactive time with successful technology companies and enjoyed fellowship with Virginia Tech students of the German Club, Graduate School, and Entrepreneur Club. Some of the activities included tours of the Virginia Tech campus, Lane Stadium, and the Moss Arts Center, souvenir shopping experiences in Blacksburg and Roanoke, and a hike in the Cascades. Festive meals highlighted the entire week, including the awards banquet and flag presentation ceremony at The Inn at Virginia Tech.

To learn more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge, visit our website at www.vtkwglobal.com.

To view a list of all participating University Partners from around the world, go to www.vtkwglobal.com/partners2014.

Thanks to these Contributing Sponsors!

All of this is made possible thanks to the generous Global Partnership Event Sponsors, including Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

For a complete list of other contributors of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week please visit our website at http://vtkwglobal.com/other_contributors2014.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

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VTKW Challenge Winners Share Continued Success in Roanoke Business Mag

The VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge and Global Student Business Challenge were featured in the August issue of Roanoke Business magazine. The article follows the stories of a handful of challenge winners who continued to build their businesses. Read the full article here! An excerpt from the magazine follows below:

Ever wonder what happens to student entrepreneurs who win major competitions?

In the case of YouFolio co-founders Matt Moore and Kayvon Kaviani, winning the Student Business Concept Competition in the 2012 VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge gave them a huge entrepreneurial boost.

The two former Virginia Tech students designed an online portfolio that allows users to showcase their work, experience and achievements. Apparently, it appealed to more than the contest judges.

After their win, the pair was chosen to be part of the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program. They raised $300,000 in seed capital from angel investors. And today they work with two major clients out of an office in 1776, a co-working space in Washington, DC.

“All of that was as a result of winning,” Kaviani says. “It was a big stamp of approval. We would not be here doing what we are doing if we had not taken that leap of faith and put ourselves in front of the judges.”

VT KnowledgeWorks is housed at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. It encourages and empowers entrepreneurship by helping market-worthy ventures organize, form a strategy and obtain outside investments. The venture started the Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge in 2009.

Each year teams from Virginia Tech present their business concepts and compete to win $10,000 in scholarships and start-up services as well as the opportunity to compete in the Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge, which is being held in August. This year’s local student winner is Vestigo. It proposed a system that includes an app with the ability to help people find parking places.

Vestigo will compete in the global challenge, the epicenter of VT KnowledgeWorks’ Global Partnership Week. The event helps expand the regions brand recognition around the world and creates ever-growing global networks.

“We aren’t well known internationally, and the best way to become known is give people a reason and the opportunity to come” and then send them home “thoroughly impressed,” says Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks. “Twenty years from now these students will be in influential positions in their home country. They will not only be familiar with the Roanoke-Blacksburg region but they will also have a positive image of it when they go home.”

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception 2014

Tastes & Sounds of the Valleys Reception
5:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 20
Crystal Ballroom, The Hotel Roanoke

Mix and mingle with regional business leaders and event attendees of the Global Partnership Week, plus enjoy food and an open bar at The Hotel Roanoke!

5:30 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. The Floorboards
7:00 p.m. Welcome Address by Jonathan Hagmaier, Chairman & CEO of Interactive Achievement
7:15 p.m. Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers
7:30 p.m. The Floorboards Continued

Global Student Business Concept Challenge
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 21
Washington Lecture Hall, The Hotel Roanoke

Observe global student teams compete in a Student Business Concept Challenge for the $25,000 grand prize and trophy. It’s free to attend but you must register in advance.

Meet the Finalists: Learn more about the 13 finalists of the Global Student Business Concept Challenge. Click on the team names listed in the Challenge agenda to learn more about the concepts they will present.

Livestream: If you are unable to attend the Global Student Business Concept Challenge on Thursday, August 21, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT, we will be live streaming it. Please invite your friends, family, and colleagues to “join us” on the day of the Challenge by accessing the channel online at http://www.vtkwglobal.com/video/challenge.

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The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Build Your 2014 Global Network With Our VTKW Global Hashtag

During VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, we’re bring university students, faculty, staff and business leaders from all over the world together to congregate, collaborate, form partnerships, and build our global networks in permanent social, academic, and business relationships.

Let’s join together to extend our networks and build our relationships by sharing our experiences during the week in social media. Here’s our hashtag for the event:

#vtkwglobal

If you’re in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA during Global Partnership Week, please share what’s going on and add #vtkwglobal. People from all over the globe who weren’t able to attend, or are connected to the people who are attending, will get to know what’s happening!

Use hashtag #vtkwglobal!

On Twitter, we invite you to post updates using #vtkwglobal as a hashtag. Anyone can search Twitter using “#vtkwglobal” as a search term, then click on the #vtkwglobal hashtag to see the stream of tweets about the event. Click here to see the latest #vtkwglobal updates on Twitter.

On Facebook, we invite you to post updates and photos to VT KnowledgeWorks on Facebook and include the hashtag, or to tag VT KnowledgeWorks in your updates, so we can share globally what’s happening for those here and abroad.

If you upload a YouTube or Vimeo video, send us links! We’ll post the videos on the VTKW Facebook page or on our blog.

Here’s more about using hashtags from Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., and winner of the Open Business Concept Competition at the 2010 VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit.

We will be live streaming the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge on Thursday, August 21, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT. Please invite your friends, family, and colleagues to “join us” at the day of the Challenge by accessing the channel online at http://www.vtkwglobal.com/video/challenge.

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The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Universidad San Francisco de Quito

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

Universidad San Francisco de Quito – Quito, Ecuador

Business concept and description:

Secha Jewelry
Jewelry based in fusion between amazonia art of indigenous people of Ecuador and modern techniques. We use seeds and plumes in a silver combination and all designs are personalized. Every piece tells a story, including the history behind the piece and the history of the mystique native cultures from Ecuadorian Amazon. We are delighted to export globally with this new Ecuadorian-based product and to promote the local cultures.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team Secha Jewelry from Universidad San Francisco de QuitoPictured left to right: Lucely del Pilar Tigse Iza and Nanki Lauro Saant Juank.

Team Secha Jewelry will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Universidad San Francisco de Quito, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: University of Technology, Sydney

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

University of Technology, Sydney – Sydney, Australia

Business concept and description:

WalkScan™
There is a critical need to develop widely available diagnostic and monitoring technologies for the treatment of individuals with degenerative disorders of the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease.

WalkScan™ is developing a cost-effective “first point of care” mobility analysis technology. WalkScan™ assists a family’s medical practitioner to make accurate diagnoses of progressively degenerative diseases, particularly in their early stages. An earlier referral to a specialist has a positive impact on a patient’s overall quality of life, and can reduce future injuries associated with mobility disorders.

The WalkScan™ analysis technology also has other associated medical applications in trauma rehabilitation, as well as non-associated commercial applications in security scanning and retail environment mapping.2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team WalkScan™ from University of Technology, Sydney

Pictured left to right: Sadra Boutorabi, Christopher Michaelides, Armin Adeli.

Watch the video to learn more about WalkScan™.

Team WalkScan™ will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about University of Technology, Sydney, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

  Universiti Teknologi Malaysia - Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Business concept and description:

Health Tech
Health Tech develops compact, portable, and affordable rehabilitation robots to assist stroke patients with their rehabilitation requirements. CR2-Motion is a tool used for rehabilitation purposes, as well as for the elderly for exercise. It is used to train for entire body movement using Kinect sensor, while playing interesting games named Durian Runtuh, which won the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team Health Tech from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Pictured: Grace Tan

Team Health Tech will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, visit their Facebook page.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: University of Kent

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

  University of Kent – Kent, United Kingdom

Business concept and description:

Assero
Assero seeks to implement a technological solution which secures financial micro-transactions, manages access and provides biometric identities to all micro transactors. The solution establishes traceability and audit of micro transactions using a mobile phone working in tandem with a biometric scanner.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team Assero from University of Kent
Pictured: Disha Bansal

Watch the video to learn more about Assero.

Team Assero will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about University of Kent, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Vienna University of Technology

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

Vienna University of Technology – Vienna, Austria

Business concept and description:

OpenDoor
OpenDoor is a better and safer way to manage building access. Through a small physical device, any intercom can be upgraded to be controlled through the OpenDoor system. The administrator can hand out and revoke permanent or temporary keys to anybody with the OpenDoor app on their smartphones. This ensures real-time information about who has access to and who enters a certain building, and eliminates all the hassles that come with physical keys.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team OpenDoor from Vienna University of Technology
Pictured: Philipp Omenitsch, Jason Chapell, Maria Hochstöger

Watch the video to learn more about OpenDoor.

Team OpenDoor will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Vienna University of Technology, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: The University of British Columbia

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

  The University of British Columbia – British Columbia, Canada

Business concept and description:

Santé West – Progressive Weight Bearing Brace
Santé West aims to bring the proven science of partial weight bearing to a personal, convenient device, helping the user recover from knee and lower leg injuries in less time with better functional outcomes.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team Santé West from University of British Columbia
Pictured left to right: Cam Stuart, Megan O’Brien, Bayden Hamilton

Watch the video to learn more about Santé West.

Team Santé West will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about The University of British Columbia, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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