2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Automation Creations, Inc.

Thank you, Automation Creations, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!
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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.

Recently, ACI developed the Blacksburg Transit website backend powering the BT4U mobile app. They continue to provide programming support to MatWeb.com, and a major pharmaceutical logistics company. ACI also takes on very short projects, like Excel macros and training course development. Volunteers from ACI help run the New River Robotics Association, a non-profit to promote STEM, located in the KnowledgeWorks building.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social and academic 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.
2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability, and the event will include a one-hour break to get lunch on your own. Details here.
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  • Serve as a global host family.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Event, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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

vtkw squareVT 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 is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentel, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Announcing Finalists for the 2017 VTKW Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

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VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the finalist teams chosen to present their business concepts at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals taking place on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders.

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The five Virginia Tech student teams competing for the grand prize include:

  • Bar None Insulated Apparel (Chad Nexon and John Hearney): A revolutionary clothing insulation start up, utilizing bio-mimicry to keep extremities up to three times as warm as today’s best insulation.
  • BioactiVT (Andy Cohen, Angad Verma, Ariana Spalter, Brittany Horton, Danny Murray, David Barto, Eddie Krutyanskiy, Eryney Marrogi, Ethan Hodges, Gavin Vess, Gina Muan, Harrison Lavery, Jay Pennington, Lan Le, Lucy Epshteyn, Max McGrath, Nam Ngo, Qiao-Qiao Wang, Rachel Kitchen, Ranger Turner, Riley Allison, Samuel Washburn, Sarah Sandquist, and Skyler Grunberg): Tempo is BioactiVT’s answer to the “pulse oximeter gap” in the developing world. Operating rooms in developing nations are performing surgeries without these life-saving medical devices because no current solution meets their specific needs. Tempo is solar-powered, which means it can be used in even the most remote locations without a reliable power grid. All contact surfaces on Tempo can be boiled, a more accessible sanitation method in these areas. These design features create a robust, self-powered device with a lower lifetime cost than any oximeter currently on the market.
  • College Dough (Danielle Jeffers): College Dough is an all-in-one resource for students who are applying for scholarships to attend the college of their choice. Students can meet all deadlines with our project management system, find new scholarships in our database, and improve the quality of their submissions with our how-to library. College Dough is the perfect resource for students who want to earn scholarships, eliminate loans, and explore life!
  • RheoPrinters (Mubashir Q. Ansari, Craig D. Mansfield, and Maxwell Propp): We will manufacture Contoured Hot Ends for 3D-Printing, enabling processing of pure high performance thermoplastics as well as composite filaments reinforced with either short fibers or the continuous fibers.
  • Tech Wound Solutions (Juliana Downey, Tucker King, Elisabeth Rebholz, and Kimberly Wyluda): Tech Wound Solutions has created Kare Powder: a topical, advanced wound care dressing that enables faster and more effective healing for chronic wound care patients.
  • This year’s prizes include:
    $5,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product
  • $5,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service
  • $10,000 – An additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
  • $5,000 – People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business

Tickets to attend are free and include access to the competition, networking reception, and awards presentation. Register at www.vtknowledgeworks.com.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at [email protected].

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals including Plastics One Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

vtkw squareVT 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 is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include: Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentelSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

We Invite You to Serve as a 2017 Global Host Family

 

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VT KnowledgeWorks invites you to be a host family for this year’s Global Partnership Event, August 17-26, 2017. Rounding up enough host families for our group of eager, global university students seems to be the most challenging component each year, so we would appreciate you joining our team of hosts or referring us to others who may be interested.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event 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.

The Student Track celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy by means of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for students to compete globally for a $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks trophy.  While in Blacksburg, the teams are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, enjoy fellowship with Virginia Tech students, and attend a formal awards banquet.

VT KnowledgeWorks host family for Global Entrepreneurship Challenge

Thanks to the generous support of host families, participating global university students are housed with local residents of the New River Valley during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event (GPE), August 19-26.  In summary, host families provide:

  • Lodging for one or more visiting global students from Saturday night, August 19 through Friday morning, August 25.
  • Some of the dinners during the week and breakfast every morning except for Thursday, August 24.
  • Some of the daily transportation needs of student(s) throughout the event week.

As a token of our appreciation, VT KnowledgeWorks invites host families to attend the awards banquet and celebration. The event agenda listed below ONLY highlights the host family responsibilities. Closer to the event, we will provide a more detailed event agenda. A summary of the activities and events offered to our visiting, global students will be continuously updated at www.vtkwglobal.com/2017studentagenda.

Let us know you will be a global host family!

Contact Lindsey Eversole, [email protected] for more information or if you have questions.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
vtkw squareVT 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 is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include: Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentelSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor Showcase: Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business

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Few settings are more symbolic than the New York Stock Exchange — the world’s top spot for raising capital — to celebrate and promote Virginia Tech’s initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship.

And on April 26, 2016, Virginia Tech — President Tim Sands, Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast, and a group of alumni, including advisory board members of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship — did just that by ringing the closing bell at 4 p.m.

At the forefront of the university’s initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship is the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Pamplin College of Business. Established in 2014 to educate students about entrepreneurship and involve them in entrepreneurship activities, the center offers a variety of opportunities for students to be involved with a dynamic network, including interactions with entrepreneurs-in-residence, “treks” to entrepreneurial hot spots around the nation, and the Innovate living-learning community on campus. The center, also known as Apex CIE, also serves as a resource for outreach to the business community and supports faculty research related to entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and new venture formation and growth.

Thank you, Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, for sponsoring the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals!

Virginia Tech student teams will compete at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product, the $5,000 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 or the Information Technology award will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $10,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge this August.

Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 12, from 1-6 p.m. Registration is free.

vtkw squareVT 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 is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&TThe Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor Showcase: Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

 

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Established in 1985, the 230-acre Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) boasts more than 33 buildings with nearly 3,000 employees and is home to more than 180 research, technology and support companies. The VTCRC is a for-profit wholly-owned, private subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation. The VTCRC strives to develop a growing, prestigious research park for high-technology companies and in collaboration with the university, advance the research, educational and technology transfer missions of Virginia Tech. www.vtcrc.com

Thank you, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, for sponsoring the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals!

Virginia Tech student teams will compete at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product, the $5,000 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 or the Information Technology award will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $10,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge this August.

Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 12, from 1-6 p.m. Registration is free.

vtkw squareVT 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 is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&TThe Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Global Partnership Alumni News

2017 Mentions:

weview_Feb 2017v2February Alumni Spotlight – Team weview, winner of the 2016 Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary and finalist of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, officially launched their website and new platform – https://weview.tv. With weview, customers can find the exact products they were looking for online by using their platform that combines user videos with personal reviews, as well as interactive elements to revolutionize the shopping experience. The company has expanded to four employees and they are currently raising their first financial round.

January Alumni SpotlightPark & Diamond, the $25,000 grand prize winner of the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, is making progress with their product’s intellectual property and final design. David Hall and Jordan Klein, the founders of Park & Diamond, desire to improve cycling safety by creating an ultra portable helmet that eliminates bulkiness and the stigma of current bicycle helmets. They are working with the Virginia Tech Investor Network (VTIN) to begin a round of seed funding in the near future.

Latest 2016 Mentions:

Ledsreact_Dec 2016December Alumni SpotlightTeam Ledsreact, a 2016 finalist of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, will release their first indoor product version around March 2017. “Direction Indoor” is a smart, interactive sports cone that will train the reaction speed and agility of athletes. You can support them on Kickstarter by the end of February. To learn more, contact them at [email protected], or go to their website at www.ledsreact.be.

November Alumni SpotlightTeam CoatChecker from the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge won stage one of Venture Kick in the amount of $10,000! CoatChecker will advance to Venture Kick’s second stage and compete in March 2017 for the $20,000 prize. Their company will be founded this month, as they continue to work on their business model. CoatChecker is a new and innovative measuring device that can measure the thickness of sealing layers used widely in the construction sector. The device uses a new method which significantly improves measuring time and does not destroy the measured layer. It will help construction companies around the world to save time and money.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&TThe Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

2017 Global Partnership Opportunities

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Full-time university student teams from anywhere in the world, outside of the U.S., have the chance to win up to $5,000 in travel expenses to attend and advance to the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge and compete on a global stage for the $25,000 grand prize, August 17-26, 2017, in the U.S. Teams will compete virtually to win one spot in the August Challenge, as they showcase their entrepreneurial ideas and test their business concepts. Registration is free.

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The Eighth Annual Global Partnership Event, August 17-26, 2017, 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 for an event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

VT KnowledgeWorks offers 14 universities worldwide an opportunity to nominate a student team to compete and present their business concepts for a $25,000 grand prize at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Eighth Annual Event includes a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., August 17-19, as well as a week-long celebration of entrepreneurship in Roanoke-Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, August 19-26, for both Student and University Track attendees. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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VTCRC Blacksburg VAUSA Summer Work Experience

The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is offering free summer work space to any student team that participated in the 2016 Global Partnership Event. Beginning June through mid-August, alumni teams can enjoy open work space and wi-fi for free who are interested in continuing to work on their concepts and pursuing them as businesses in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Teams are responsible for making their own personal arrangements for the summer. To learn more about this opportunity or to make your reservation for summer 2017, please contact [email protected].

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor Showcase: Plastics One Inc.

Plastics One 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor

Plastics One is a full-service contract manufacturer located in Roanoke, VA. Since 1949, we’ve been partnering with OEMs worldwide for specific design and product needs – a track record that promises you the power of our connecting abilities in superior manufacturing and customer service. We are proud to design and custom manufacture medical cables and cable assemblies, connectors, and provide injection, insert, and cleanroom molding with in-house tooling and design services. The engineers and R&D teams are hands on, and ready to help bring ideas to life – we make things happen.
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Thank you, Plastics One, for sponsoring the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals!

Virginia Tech student teams will compete at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product, the $5,000 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 or the Information Technology award will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $10,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge this August.

Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 12, from 1-6 p.m. Registration is free.

vtkw squareVT 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 is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&TThe Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Announcing the 2017 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

VTKW 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Sponsors

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to acknowledge and thank our 2017 sponsors who make possible the various programs and events we offer each year such as:

  • Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, awarding $25,000 in scholarships to Virginia Tech students, including:
    • $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product
    • $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service
    • $10,000 awarded as an additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
    • $5,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business
  • Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, giving one student team from anywhere in the world $5,000 in air travel reimbursement for a chance to compete on a world stage at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge
  • Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, awarding $40,000 in cash prizes, including:
    • $10,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product
    • $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service
    • $15,000 awarded as an additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
    • $5,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs
  • The Entrepreneurship Option workshop, an interactive workshop to help one identify what it takes and what it means to be a true entrepreneur instead of an employee

Our generous 2017 VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors who make this all possible are:

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&TThe Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals sponsors include Plastics One Inc., Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, and Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Stay connected with us and the VT KnowledgeWorks events offered in 2017 at www.vtknowledgeworks.com/event/calendar.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at [email protected].

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 is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Announces 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

On April 12, 2017, VT KnowledgeWorks will host its annual Global Entrepreneurship 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 $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product, the $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service, and the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing or the Information Technology prizes will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $10,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge this August.
The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals competitor registration deadline is February 10, 2017. Attendee tickets are free and include access to the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, networking reception, and awards presentation. Register as a competitor or attendee at www.vtknowledgeworks.com.

innovation VT KnowledgeWorks Announces Global Entrepreneurship Challenge SemifinalsBusinesses can get details about advertising during this event by contacting Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext. 3 or via email at [email protected].

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals including Plastics One Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at [email protected].

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 is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.