E-Challenge Sponsor Showcase: The Office of the Vice President for Research at Virginia Tech

The Office of the Vice President for Research at Virginia Tech advances quality research and scholarship, provides access to funding information, enhances the university’s ability to respond to national research priorities, directs inquiry into new and emerging fields, promotes solutions to problems, and advances basic knowledge in diverse disciplines through interdisciplinary cooperation. The office ensures compliance with policies and procedures, markets faculty talent and university capabilities within the university community and to external audiences, and fosters partnerships with outside agencies and businesses.

Virginia Tech unmanned aerial vehicle testing, drones, Unmanned Systems Lab truck, science, research, students

Lance Holly, Chris Morrell, and James “J.P.” Stewart, all Virginia Tech mechanical engineering students associated with the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems, prepare to launch an unmanned, autonomous helicopter equipped with sensors to detect trace amounts of radiation. This technology could be used to aid in mapping radioactivity after a Fukushima-type event. Jim Stroup/Virginia Tech.

Thank you, Office of the Vice President for Research at Virginia Tech, for sponsoring the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge!

The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge was a success as enthusiastic attendees gathered at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 18. The Entrepreneurship Challenge provided a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech and entrepreneurs to present before a panel of local business leaders.

The Challenge began with welcoming remarks by Sherry Walker of NuSpark, a work and collaboration space for innovators with pre-launch start-ups, and Marc Junkunc of Innovate House, a living-learning community, which brings together a diverse group of high-performing committed students into a high-energy learning environment.

The Tech Transfer Challenge award went to Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar of P&P Coating. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

The winning teams will receive $100,000 worth of mentorship and business support services over a two-year period, including assistance in developing the overall business strategy as well as the presentations and plan documents needed for investor discussions and product launch.

The Tech Transfer Challenge provides an opportunity for Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students and/or alumni proposing to establish a new venture in Blacksburg, a chance to accelerate their innovative technology transfer from the university to the private sector. Other teams that competed in the Tech Transfer Challenge were Hydrokinetic Energy Systems, LIN System, and pheno-CHIP.

After the Tech Transfer Challenge, the audience heard from Regional Funding Sources including Jason Gabriel with Third Security Valleys’ Ventures Fund, Jennifer O’Daniel with CIT GAP Funds, Eva Doss with The Launch Place Seed Fund, and Jim Flowers with VT KnowledgeWorks Game Changers Challenge.

The Student Business Concept Challenge award went to Vestigo. Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan, and Jeff Morris won $10,000 in scholarships plus summer workspace at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Vestigo uses a novel data collection system that takes advantage of inexpensive, high quality laser rangefinders in tandem with a mobile service – to provide a real time map of available parking. DealAdder, Detect-C, L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy, and Project OrganiCo also competed for the grand prize.

The winning student team will also advance to the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge and compete for the $25,000 grand prize on August 21, 2014, at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. The Global Student Challenge is part of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, which offers university students, faculty, and business professionals from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships and build their global networks.

For the first time ever at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, audience members selected their favorite student team to win the People’s Choice award of $5,000 in scholarships, generously sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. The winning team who took home the People’s Choice award was Project OrganiCo with Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi and John Lucas.

“Congratulations to our winners. They have exciting prospects, both personally and professionally. But, just as important, the overall competition was outstanding. According to our judges, and based on follow-up inquiries by local investors and entrepreneurs, we have possibly identified as many as seven or eight viable startups for our region.” – Jim Flowers, Executive Director, VT KnowledgeWorks.

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

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP Funds, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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, 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, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Automation Creations, Inc.

Automation Creations, Inc. (ACI) develops guaranteed custom software solutions for technology driven companies worldwide. The ACI team of agile developers and designers works with clients to build web and mobile software that improves productivity and the bottom line. The company has extensive experience with clients in commercial, educational and government sectors.

ACI all-electric vehicle in front of VTKW

The ACI all-electric vehicle in front of VT KnowledgeWorks.

Thank you, Automation Creations, Inc., for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2014 Global Partnership Week!

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:

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, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, 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, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

We Invite You to Serve as a 2014 Global Host Family

We invite Blacksburg, Virginia, USA area residents become a host family for the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week!

Global Student Challenge Teams 2012

During last year’s VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, we met student teams from the Tech University of Malaysia, Tongji University, China, Telcom SudParis, France, University of Trento, Italy, University of Kent, England, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and more – check out our global map showing all of our 2014 University Partners. Check back often for our announcement of our 2014 University Partners!

We invite Blacksburg, Virginia, USA area residents become a host family for the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week!

Here are the details about being a host family, Sunday, August 17 – Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Let us know you will be a global host family!

For more information about being a host family, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, VT KnowledgeWorks, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

Here’s a first look at the schedule of events for the 2014 Global Partnership Week!

Keep in the know about 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, 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, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Union First Market Bank

Some Bankers Are Waiting For Better Times. Union’s Bankers Are Working To Create Them.
Union First Market Bank is playing a significant role in economic revitalization of Virginia. Our merger with StellarOne Bank is further testimony to this ongoing commitment and underscores our unyielding resolve to spark the regional economy. Our team looks forward to serving our new StellarOne customers. And we particularly look forward to continuing our role in fostering economic vitality as the largest community bank headquartered in Virginia.

StellarOne UnionLeft to Right:
G. William Beale, President & Chief Executive Officer, Union First Market Bankshares & Chief Executive Officer, Union First Market Bank;
Elizabeth M. Bentley, EVP and Chief Retail Officer;
John C. Neal, President, Union First Market Bank;
D. Anthony Peay, EVP & Chief Banking Officer.

Thank you, Union First Market Bank, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2014 Global Partnership Week!

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:

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, 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, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Montgomery County, Virginia

The Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department is a local government agency dedicated to serving the residents and businesses of Montgomery County, Virginia. The Department works with its many partners and allies to support the startup, retention and expansion of companies in Montgomery County – including Blacksburg and Christiansburg – as well as to attract new targeted industries to the community.

Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department

Left to right: Brian Hamilton, Economic Development Director; Brenda Rigney, Project Manager, Existing Business; Charlie Jewell, Project Manager, Business Attraction & Marketing.

Thank you, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2014 Global Partnership Week!

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 KnowledgeWorksVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia 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:

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 GroupAutomation Creations, Inc.BAE SystemsThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & CompanyCity of RoanokeFox 21/27G.J. Hopkins, Inc.Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupInteractive Achievement, Inc.Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLCMeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentNetVenturesNew River Valley Intellectual Property LawPhoenix Packaging OperationsRackspaceShentelStellarOne Bank, SunTrust BankTechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgTown of ChristiansburgVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVPT, IncWordsprint

Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners Announced

2014 VTKnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge was a success as enthusiastic attendees gathered at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 18. The Entrepreneurship Challenge provided a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech and entrepreneurs to present before a panel of local business leaders.

The Challenge began with welcoming remarks by Sherry Walker of NuSpark, a work and collaboration space for innovators with pre-launch start-ups, and Marc Junkunc of Innovate House, a living-learning community, which brings together a diverse group of high-performing committed students into a high-energy learning environment.

The Tech Transfer Challenge award went to Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar of P&P Coating. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

The winning teams will receive $100,000 worth of mentorship and business support services over a two-year period, including assistance in developing the overall business strategy as well as the presentations and plan documents needed for investor discussions and product launch.

The Tech Transfer Challenge provides an opportunity for Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students and/or alumni proposing to establish a new venture in Blacksburg, a chance to accelerate their innovative technology transfer from the university to the private sector. Other teams that competed in the Tech Transfer Challenge were Hydrokinetic Energy Systems, LIN System, and pheno-CHIP.

After the Tech Transfer Challenge, the audience heard from Regional Funding Sources including Jason Gabriel with Third Security Valleys’ Ventures Fund, Jennifer O’Daniel with CIT GAP Funds, Eva Doss with The Launch Place Seed Fund, and Jim Flowers with VT KnowledgeWorks Game Changers Challenge.

The Student Business Concept Challenge award went to Vestigo. Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan, and Jeff Morris won $10,000 in scholarships plus summer workspace at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Vestigo uses a novel data collection system that takes advantage of inexpensive, high quality laser rangefinders in tandem with a mobile service – to provide a real time map of available parking. DealAdder, Detect-C, L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy, and Project OrganiCo also competed for the grand prize.

The winning student team will also advance to the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge and compete for the $25,000 grand prize on August 21, 2014, at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. The Global Student Challenge is part of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, which offers university students, faculty, and business professionals from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships and build their global networks.

For the first time ever at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, audience members selected their favorite student team to win the People’s Choice award of $5,000 in scholarships, generously sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. The winning team who took home the People’s Choice award was Project OrganiCo with Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi and John Lucas.

“Congratulations to our winners. They have exciting prospects, both personally and professionally. But, just as important, the overall competition was outstanding. According to our judges, and based on follow-up inquiries by local investors and entrepreneurs, we have possibly identified as many as seven or eight viable startups for our region.” – Jim Flowers, Executive Director, VT KnowledgeWorks.

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

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP Funds, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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, 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, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Insider’s Guide to the 2014 E-Challenge

2014 VTKnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

VT KnowledgeWorks presents the 6th Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Be there at 11:30 to hear about regional funding sources for new ventures!

Event attendees will start the day observing entrepreneurs hoping to establish a new venture in Blacksburg using their Virginia Tech-owned technology. These entrepreneurs will compete for the $100,000 award of mentorship and business support services in the Tech Transfer Challenge:

  • Hydrokinetic Energy Systems – Gary Nave, Mark Stremler, Saikat Basu, and Tyler Michael. The proposed venture is aimed at commercializing a robust system for on-demand harvesting of clean, renewable energy from tides and rivers using a unique kilowatt-scale system for off-grid applications.
  • LIN System – Boris Vinatzer and Lenwood Heath. The LIN System revolutionizes classification, identification, and naming of life forms.
  • pheno-CHIP – Elliot McAllister, Dr. Rafael Davalos, and Steve Turner. pheno-CHIP is a pre-commercial cell identification platform.
  • P&P Coating – Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

2014 VTKW E-Challenge Step Up To The ChallengeIn the afternoon, these Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Challenge for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award:

  • DealAdder – Abhishek Dube. DealAdder is a new and innovative way for consumer-centric businesses to offer deals to their customers.
  • Detect-C – Siddhartha Roy. Detect-C is a dipstick (think, pregnancy tests) for rapid detection of cholera bacteria in water bodies used as drinking water sources by populations in 50 cholera-afflicted countries.
  • L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy – Alireza Borhani & Negar Kalantar. TOYwithJOY is a start-up toy company that aims to develop a line of hand-held educational toys.
  • Project OrganiCo - Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi & John Lucas. Project OrganiCo is an online marketplace providing an easy, convenient, and reliable way to purchase local products from Farmers Markets and Vendors around your area, and have them delivered directly to your door.
  • Vestigo – Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan & Jeff Morris. Vestigo uses a novel data collection system that takes advantage of inexpensive, high quality laser rangefinders in tandem with a mobile service – to provide a real time map of available parking.

For the first time at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, teams competing in the Student Business Concept Challenge will be eligible to win the People’s Choice award, where members of the audience will select their favorite team to win $5,000 in scholarships.

The cost to attend this full-day event including the competitions, luncheon, and reception is only $30 for students and $50 for everyone else. Or attend only the afternoon session for free, luncheon not included.

Win a Kindle Fire! All attendees will be entered into the raffle contest. Must be present to win. Raffle prize donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

Register online to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

For directions to the event, visit http://www.innatvirginiatech.com/about/directions/.

Can’t be there in person? Watch the Entrepreneurship Challenge online at: http://new.livestream.com/VTKnowledgeWorks/EntrepreneurshipChallenge.

Here’s how to watch!

1. Follow this link.

2. To join, click Login in the top right corner. It will guide you to a window where you may log in, or use either your email address or a Facebook account to join Livestream.

3. Once logged in, you may post comments in the Posts section or in Chat to offer constructive feedback and encourage teams while they present. If you were not automatically returned to the live streaming page, use the link in step one.

For more information, please contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext.3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP Funds, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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, 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, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Watch the Entrepreneurship Challenge Live!

2014 VTKnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

Cant’ be there in person? We’re streaming the Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge live from Blacksburg, Virginia, USA on Friday, April 18, 2014!

Here’s how to watch!2014 VTKW E-Challenge Step Up To The Challenge

1. Follow this link.

2. To join, click Login in the top right corner. It will guide you to a window where you may log in, or use either your email address or a Facebook account to join Livestream.

3. Once logged in, you may post comments in the Posts section or in Chat to offer constructive feedback and encourage teams while they present. If you were not automatically returned to the live streaming page, use the link in step one.

Tune in at 11:30 to hear about regional funding sources for new ventures!

In the morning, Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students, and/or alumni will compete for the $100,000 award of mentorship and business support services in the Tech Transfer Challenge:

  • Hydrokinetic Energy Systems – Gary Nave, Mark Stremler, Saikat Basu, and Tyler Michael. The proposed venture is aimed at commercializing a robust system for on-demand harvesting of clean, renewable energy from tides and rivers using a unique kilowatt-scale system for off-grid applications.
  • LIN System – Boris Vinatzer and Lenwood Heath. The LIN System revolutionizes classification, identification, and naming of life forms.
  • pheno-CHIP – Elliot McAllister, Dr. Rafael Davalos, and Steve Turner. pheno-CHIP is a pre-commercial cell identification platform.
  • P&P Coating – Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

In the afternoon, these Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Challenge for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award:

  • DealAdder – Abhishek Dube. DealAdder is a new and innovative way for consumer-centric businesses to offer deals to their customers.
  • Detect-C – Siddhartha Roy. Detect-C is a dipstick (think, pregnancy tests) for rapid detection of cholera bacteria in water bodies used as drinking water sources by populations in 50 cholera-afflicted countries.
  • L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy – Alireza Borhani & Negar Kalantar. TOYwithJOY is a start-up toy company that aims to develop a line of hand-held educational toys.
  • Project OrganiCo - Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi & John Lucas. Project OrganiCo is an online marketplace providing an easy, convenient, and reliable way to purchase local products from Farmers Markets and Vendors around your area, and have them delivered directly to your door.
  • Vestigo – Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan & Jeff Morris. Vestigo uses a novel data collection system that takes advantage of inexpensive, high quality laser rangefinders in tandem with a mobile service – to provide a real time map of available parking.

For the first time at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, teams competing in the Student Business Concept Challenge will be eligible to win the People’s Choice award, where members of the audience will select their favorite team to win $5,000 in scholarships.

For more information, please contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext.3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP Funds, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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, 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, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Entrepreneurship Challenge Teams Showcase

2014 VTKnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge is taking place on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Event attendees will start the day observing entrepreneurs hoping to establish a new venture in Blacksburg using their Virginia Tech-owned technology. These entrepreneurs will compete for the $100,000 award of mentorship and business support services in the Tech Transfer Challenge:

  • Hydrokinetic Energy Systems – Gary Nave, Mark Stremler, Saikat Basu, and Tyler Michael. The proposed venture is aimed at commercializing a robust system for on-demand harvesting of clean, renewable energy from tides and rivers using a unique kilowatt-scale system for off-grid applications.
  • LIN System – Boris Vinatzer and Lenwood Heath. The LIN System revolutionizes classification, identification, and naming of life forms.
  • pheno-CHIP – Elliot McAllister, Dr. Rafael Davalos, and Steve Turner. pheno-CHIP is a pre-commercial cell identification platform.
  • P&P Coating – Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

2014 VTKW E-Challenge Step Up To The ChallengeIn the afternoon, these Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Challenge for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award:

  • DealAdder – Abhishek Dube. DealAdder is a new and innovative way for consumer-centric businesses to offer deals to their customers.
  • Detect-C – Siddhartha Roy. Detect-C is a dipstick (think, pregnancy tests) for rapid detection of cholera bacteria in water bodies used as drinking water sources by populations in 50 cholera-afflicted countries.
  • L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy – Alireza Borhani & Negar Kalantar. TOYwithJOY is a start-up toy company that aims to develop a line of hand-held educational toys.
  • Project OrganiCo - Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi & John Lucas. Project OrganiCo is an online marketplace providing an easy, convenient, and reliable way to purchase local products from Farmers Markets and Vendors around your area, and have them delivered directly to your door.
  • Vestigo – Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan & Jeff Morris. Vestigo uses a novel data collection system that takes advantage of inexpensive, high quality laser rangefinders in tandem with a mobile service – to provide a real time map of available parking.

For the first time at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, teams competing in the Student Business Concept Challenge will be eligible to win the People’s Choice award, where members of the audience will select their favorite team to win $5,000 in scholarships.

The cost to attend this full-day event including the competitions, luncheon, and reception is only $30 for students and $50 for everyone else. Or attend only the afternoon session for free, luncheon not included.

Win a Kindle Fire! All attendees will be entered into the raffle contest. Must be present to win. Raffle prize donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

Register online to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

For more information, please contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext.3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP Funds, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, 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

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, 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, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Brown, Edwards and Company, LLP

Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP is a full-service accounting firm with seven locations in West Virginia and Virginia. The firm has enjoyed significant growth since its formation in 1967, thanks to an unwavering commitment to our clients to provide the highest quality professional services in the industry and the attention and responsiveness they deserve and have come to expect.

In 2013, the firm was recognized as the 116th largest public accounting firm in the United States by the award-winning newsletter, Inside Public Accounting, in their annual publication of the Top 200 Public Accounting Firms by gross revenue. The firm’s diverse clientele includes contractors, manufacturers, biotechnology companies, software development, healthcare providers, financial service providers, distributors, real estate developers, retailers/wholesalers, and not-for-profits. For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.BEcpas.com.

Accounting firm Brown Edwards

Left to right: Trang Nguyen, Kathy McDaniel, Mark Woolwine, Norman Liew, Dorcas Parks, and Jennifer Crickenberger

Thank you, Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2014 Global Partnership Week!

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 KnowledgeWorksVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia 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:

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 GroupAutomation Creations, Inc.BAE SystemsThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & Company, LLPCity of RoanokeFox 21/27G.J. Hopkins, Inc.Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupInteractive Achievement, Inc.Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLCMeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentNetVenturesNew River Valley Intellectual Property LawPhoenix Packaging OperationsRackspaceShentelStellarOne BankSunTrust Bank, TechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgTown of ChristiansburgVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVPT, IncWordsprint