Announcing the 2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions.

Our sponsors make that possible.

We are delighted and grateful to announce the 2015 sponsors of VT KnowledgeWorks.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

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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.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals Sponsors include Plastics One Inc. and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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Announcing February’s Startup Readiness Workshop at Virginia Tech

VT KnowledgeWorks is holding a Startup Readiness Workshop on Friday, February 6th on the Virginia Tech campus, ICTAS Kelly Hall, Suite 310, 325 Stranger Street, from 12 – 4PM.

This workshop helps prospective entrepreneurs test the strategic essence of their business concept, tighten up on managerial focus, and review the overall business start-up process.  Also, get the details on how your innovation might win you up to $40,000 by participating in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals.

VT KnowledgeWorks Startup Readiness Workshop

Who should attend? Anyone considering the launch of a technology-based business.

  • Inventors with exciting technological developments
  • University faculty members with revolutionary research results
  • Web developers with fresh business concepts
  • Career shifters thinking about starting a company

When you should attend? Very early in the planning process.

  • When your business concepts are still forming
  • Before you incorporate, write a business plan or launch a web site
  • Before you spend any significant time or personal money

What you’ll learn…

  • The Four Fundamental Factors that govern startup success
  • The Strategic Essence of every successful business
  • Five Powerful Habits used by good managers
  • The power of full Commitment
  • How the Money really moves around
  • The MOXIE secrets
    • What it is
    • Why you need it
    • Where it comes from

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at jim.flowers@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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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.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals Sponsors include Plastics One Inc. and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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Announcing the Second Annual IdeaFest

The 2nd Annual IdeaFest kicked off with the IdeaJam on Thursday the 8th, as entrepreneurs gathered to pitch their ideas to experts and peers at 2 Witches Winery and Brewing Co.  IdeaJam was an informal meetup to spark connections between aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs, including an optional open-mic style opportunity to share business ideas with those in attendance. IdeaFest

IdeaFest itself will take place on Friday, February 27th from 11AM to 6PM at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, 150 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA.

The 2nd Annual IdeaFest will feature a free entrepreneurship skill-building workshop, a business pitch competition with $10,000 in prize money, and a networking reception. The main event is the fast-paced business pitch competition, in which 20 entrepreneurs will present a startup idea to a panel of judges and live audience.

Pre-registration is requested for workshop attendees, business pitch competition audience members, and reception attendees. Applications to pitch are due by February 1st. Pre-register and/or apply at www.ideafestdanville.com.

For more information please contact Lauren Mathena, project coordinator, at (434)250-1749 or ideafestdanville@gmail.com.

This event was made possible by Southern Piedmont Technology Council (SPTC), VT KnowledgeWorks, The Launch Place, Davenport Energy, First Piedmont Waste Solutions, American National Bank, Danville Regional Foundation (DRF), Donnachaidh Associates, LLC, and Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

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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.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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Announcing the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals

VT KnowledgeWorks will host its annual Global Challenge Semifinals at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia. Virginia Tech student teams will compete for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for $10,000, the $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service, and the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing and the Information Technology prizes will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $5,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge this August.

The Global Challenge Semifinals contestant registration deadline is February 6, 2015. Attendee tickets are free and include access to the Global Challenge Semifinals, networking reception, and awards presentation. Register as a contestant or attendee online at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/gcsemifinals/2015/registration.

Businesses can get details about advertising during this event by contacting Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext. 3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals Sponsors include Plastics One Inc. and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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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.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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VT KnowledgeWorks Announces Major Sponsor

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce that Plastics One Inc., a medical component and cable manufacture company based in Roanoke, Virginia, will sponsor two 2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Advanced Manufacturing Awards.  A $25,000 grant from Plastics One Inc. will provide a $10,000 scholarship stipend to the most outstanding tangible product at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals in April, as well as a $15,000 cash award at the Global Student Business Concept Challenge Finals in August, again for the most outstanding tangible product concept.

On April 8, 2015, VT KnowledgeWorks will host its annual Global Challenge Semifinals at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.  Virginia Tech student teams will compete for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for $10,000, the $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service, and the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.  One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing and the Information Technology prizes will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $5,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge this August.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 16-22, 2015, celebrates the energy and creativity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy by encouraging them to develop their entrepreneurial ideas.  The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for student teams from all over the world to compete for a $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks trophy.

The Global Student Challenge in August will recognize and award two teams $15,000 each, the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product, and the VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service.  One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award will receive an additional $10,000 grand prize.  As a permanent tribute to their exceptional efforts, the winning team’s name will be engraved on the permanent VT KnowledgeWorks trophy.  Finally, one more team will receive the $5,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs.

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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.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals Sponsors include Plastics One Inc. and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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View the Latest from Explee: a 2012 Global Partnership Participant

View this recently launched video from Explee, who participated and competed in the 2012 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge in Blacksburg and Roanoke, VA, USA.

What is Explee?

Video is a powerful teaching tool. 90% of the information absorbed by the brain is visual. Explee is a cloud-based presentation software that allows you to create mind-blowing and wonderfully animated videos. You can choose animations that suites your speech and produce your video. The result will be a beautiful and effective video presentation.

Explee was founded two years ago in November 2012 by Thomas Olivier and Morgan Giraud, who at that time were not graduated yet from their engineering school. Explee is now a team of seven, talented people dedicated to help people share their ideas in a visual and effective way.

Team Explee from the 2012 Global Student Business Concept Challenge

For more information about Explee, visit their website, check out their blog, or follow them on Twitter. Explee has also compiled a press packet replete with useful information about the company.

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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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Disha Bansal, Founder of Assero, Featured by the British Council

Disha Bansal, founder of Assero, awarded certificate at VTKW GPW

Disha Bansal, from India, is a student from the University of Kent and the founder of Assero, a competitor in this year’s Global Student Business Concept Challenge. To learn more about Assero, watch the video of her presentation and check out her team showcase from this year’s Global Partnership Week.

Disha has recently been featured by the British Council for her participation in the Fifth Annual Global Partnership Week, her work with Assero, and her achievements as a student at the University of Kent. The following is an excerpt from this article published by the British Council November 14, 2014.

Was your future career an important part of your decision to come and study in the UK?

‘Yes it was, but the biggest factor for me was the course that I would be studying, which was environmental economics. Employability came second, because my main goal for coming to the UK was to become financially independent. I thought, “If employability options are good in the UK, that is a good way to get started in life.”‘

Are you planning to work in the UK after you graduate?

‘I would like to stay here for a bit. But the main motivation for me has always been to impact the lives of the people around me, and if I develop the knowledge I have gained in the UK to try to help people in developing countries, it will be more effective. That is why I would like to start off in the UK and then go back to India.’

How did your studies prepare you for what you’re doing today as a young entrepreneur?

‘My degree helped me explore a lot of possibilities. I came to the UK hoping to study environmental economics and over time I switched to microfinance, so it’s helped me explore different sectors of the industry. It’s also given me a very good understanding of how the systems work, so that all the knowledge I have built I’ve been able to implement in other situations.’

What made you decide to focus on microfinance (where companies lend money to low-income individuals, or people who don’t have access to typical banking services)?

‘The more I looked at environment, the more I realised that although it is my passion, there are other industries where I can make a bigger difference. Reading a newspaper article last year, I realised I could make a big difference with microfinance, coming from India and having a platform there to do my own thing… I thought it might be worth exploring. The more I looked into it, the more attractive it seemed to me.’

Did you volunteer or intern while you were a student?

‘I volunteered quite a lot in my first and second year. Many of the opportunities came from the Kent Enterprise Hub (which helps university staff, students and graduates to launch their own businesses), and the societies that I was a part of.

‘I was the treasurer of the conservation society in my second year, and they have a lot of volunteering opportunities on campus. Because it was nature-related, it was very relevant to me.’

‘When you come to university, the first thing you should do is sign up to societies. I joined a belly dancing society and Brazilian capoeira, all because I’ll probably not be able to do these things later on in life!’

How did you make the most of university while getting work experience and building up your CV?

‘I had quite a difficult time balancing my work and my studies in my second year. I took a part-time job in a sandwich shop and I had my academics and I had Assero, which I was doing on the side. I would say that you need to prioritise – for example, this year I’m not doing my part-time job anymore. You need to focus on getting good grades because at the end of the day, that is what you are here for.

‘I would also say that when I came to the UK it was a little lonely in the beginning, simply because I was away from home. But going to societies and meeting new people really helped – everybody is out there to make friends, and it creates a whole student community.’

Your company, Assero, aims to eliminate the risk of fraud in microfinance lending. How did you get the idea?

‘I got the idea in 2013. The more I looked into microfinance at the time, the more I focussed on the poor population in India, simply because it is a large population. Then I realised there was a lot of money being lost – from when the World Bank gives out money to the point where it reaches the people. So I thought about how to intervene and create a system where the money is directly reaching poor people, and that is when I decided that a biometric solution might be the most effective.’

When did you have that ‘light bulb’ moment?

‘About a year ago, the first time I visited the Kent Enterprise Hub. I went in and I said that I had this idea that I would like to work on, except I had no idea how to take it forward.

‘They assigned me a business advisor, and he helped me think about what I wanted to do. Then I made a business plan and a business model, and all of those things. The university has been extremely helpful.

What are your ambitions for the future?

‘I have spoken to a lot of people and I have gotten a mixed reviews about what I should do! A part of me wants to just take the leap and work on Assero right now. But at the same time, I want to be financially independent and it will be a while before that happens, simply because I don’t have any experience in starting a business. I’m currently deciding whether to work elsewhere for a few years to get more experience, or whether to just work on the startup.

‘All my meetings for Assero happen when I go back to India because that is my primary market, but I’m also looking at job opportunities in the UK. When I’m back in India I have a few meetings lined up with professors and things like that – hopefully by December I’ll have a better idea of where I’m going with it.’

What final words of advice do you have for international graduates who want to develop a business idea back at home?

‘At first I didn’t know if it was a good idea or not. But I just trusted my instinct, and decided I should go for it if I was feeling this idea so strongly. I went to the Enterprise Hub and they helped me figure out what I wanted to do, so it’s worth using resources like this at your own institution.

‘For every decision I made with Assero I trusted my instinct, because Assero reflects who I am and what I want to do more than anything I’ve ever done. You have to go with that and stop worrying about, “What if I make a mistake?” and “What if it doesn’t work out?”

‘The cool part is taking risks you would never have taken before, so it’s good fun!’

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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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Registration is Open for the Sixth Annual Global Partnership Week

Registration is open for the Sixth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, which is to take place from August 16th – 22nd, 2015. Due to increased participation interest for 2015, universities are encouraged to make their reservation as soon as possible to ensure a spot in the final Global Student Business Concept Challenge for their student team.

Useful Links:

The 2014 event video was produced by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs.

The Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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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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VTKW Entrepreneurship Opportunties in 2015

If you’re thinking of getting entrepreneurial in 2015, VTKW has several great opportunities to help you prepare!

Startup Chatup
Discuss your entrepreneurial aspirations with Jim Flowers on Friday mornings from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at CoffeeWorks.
1901 Innovation Drive, Suite 1100, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
register

Startup Readiness Workshop
This session is FREE to all Virginia Tech graduate/undergraduate students, staff, and faculty who are interested in learning what it takes to start a new technology-based business. Also, get the details on how your innovation might win you $25,000! Lunch is included.
Noon – 4:00 p.m., February 6, 2015
ICTAS, Kelly Hall, Suite 310, Virginia Tech
325 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
register

VT KnowledgeWorks Tech Transfer Challenge
The Tech Transfer Challenge awards $100,000 worth of mentorship and business support services to a winning team of Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students and/or alumni proposing to establish a new venture in Blacksburg, based on Virginia Tech-owned technology.
9:00 a.m. – Noon, March 19, 2015
VT KnowledgeWorks I building, Lakeview Conference Room
2200 Kraft Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
Apply Now!

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals
Virginia Tech teams can compete to win $10,000 in scholarships and qualify to compete for $25,000 at the Global Student Challenge on August 20.
1:00 – 6:00 p.m., April 8, 2015
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
register

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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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UIU Link Achieves Donna Noble Incubator Client Award

UIU Link

UIU Link, a faculty-to-student-friendly Virginia-based company and a VT KnowledgeWorks member, was honored with the Donna Noble Incubator Client Award for 2014 at the Virginia Business Incubation Association’s (VBIA) annual conference on November 3. UIU Link serves as the national and international brokerage house for traditional online accredited higher educational courses from accredited non-profit and private colleges and universities. Through their proprietary platform, universities and their faculty have the ability to seek and enjoy additional revenue sources and enrollment enrichment by sharing their online classroom course seat availability to prospective students from other colleges or universities who may need a replacement course to continue towards their degree.

The VBIA Board of Directors established the Donna Noble Incubator Client Award in 2001 in honor of one of its founding board members, Donna Noble, who passed away on May 29, 2001, at the age of 36. As the marketing manager for Incubator AMERICA in Arlington, Virginia, Noble was dedicated to the incubation industry and to promoting entrepreneurship.

Other VT KnowledgeWorks alumni members who spoke at this year’s conference included Michael Fleming, CEO of TORC Robotics and recipient of the 2008 Donna Noble Incubator Client Award, as well as Nanci Hardwick, CEO of Aeroprobe. In light of this year’s conference theme, “Virginia Innovates,” both Fleming and Hardwick highlighted the innovative technology successes TORC Robotics and Aeroprobe have achieved respectively.

For more information about UIU Link, follow them on Twitter or visit their website.

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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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