Announcing the 2017 Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary Winner

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, Team Cohex, who will advance to this year’s Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.VT Knowledgeworks virtual preliminary winner Team Cohex

Cohex is a system made to keep the perfect humidity level during fruit and vegetable exportation. Team members Luckas Fonck, Maurizio Canessa, and Josefa Villanueva represent Adolfo Ibáñez University in Santiago, Chile.

As part of their prize, Team Cohex will receive up to $5,000 in travel expenses to Washington, D.C., Blacksburg, and Roanoke, Virginia, to participate in the Global Partnership Event, August 17-26, 2017. The event begins with a two-day trip in Washington, D.C., to enjoy sightseeing trips to museums and monuments, and participate in private tours.  The winning team will enjoy the rest of the event in Roanoke and Blacksburg, Virginia, for a week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, as they compete against other global finalist teams for the $25,000 grand prize in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.

There will be 13 student teams competing in the Eighth Annual Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for the $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge trophy from Alexandria University, Egypt; Ghent University, Belgium; King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico; University of British Columbia, Canada; University of Kent, England; University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; University of Trento, Italy; Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Virginia Tech, USA; ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland; and Adolfo Ibáñez University, Chile.

The Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas and showcase their creativity, as well as enhance their understanding of the requirements for a successful business venture. University teams tested their business concept by confirming that their idea meets a customer need, occupies a differentiated position in the marketplace, and has a viable business model and value proposition.

Learn more about Team Cohex and the four other finalists who competed in this year’s Virtual Preliminary by viewing their team profiles at bit.ly/VirtualPreliminary2017.

Admission to the Global Student Challenge finals on August 24, 2017, is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at www.vtkwglobal.com.

For more details about this event, visit our website at www.vtkwglobal.com or contact Lindsey Eversole at 540-443-9100 ext. 2 or via email 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, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE Digital, 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 Techs Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Common Wealth Growth Group

Thank you, Common Wealth Growth Group, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

 

Common Wealth Growth Group (CWCommon Wealth Growth logoGG) is a venture capital investment firm founded in Roanoke, Virginia in 2016. We believe that people are the key to any successful business, and therefore we invest in exceptional individuals. We use our capital, investor network, industry expertise, and network of connections to accelerate company growth and increase company value. The mission of CWGG is to exponentially improve the growth path of the companies we invest in, and to create jobs and wealth in our region. Though CWGG does invest in other sectors, our primary focus is on regional SaaS (Software as a Service) companies.

Common Wealth Growth CEO Jon Hagmaier

Jon Hagmaier, CEO

Jon Hagmaier is the founder and CEO of Common Wealth Growth Group. As the CEO, he works closely with outside investors to secure financing and industry expertise, and to provide businesses in Common Wealth’s portfolio with the connections and consulting that they need to grow.

Russ Ellis, President of Common Wealth Growth Group

Russ Ellis, President

 

 

Russ Ellis has been a technology company founder and entrepreneur for over 25 years. As President he works with prospective companies seeking funding to find creative solutions to fund and inspire growth, with the goal of creating jobs and wealth in the region.

Tom Haus, Common Wealth Group CFO

Tom Haus, Chief Financial Officer

 

Tom Haus has been involved in all stages of technology businesses, from start-up growth to acquisition over the past 20 years, including 6 years in public accounting. As CFO, Tom calls on his deep experience to establish sustainable processes and accounting practices that scale with business expansion.

Matt Muller, Common Wealth Group

Matt Muller, Technology Guru

Matt Muller comes to the Common Wealth team with 25 years of in-depth engineering and development experience. As a full stack developer, Matt has built everything from platform design and architecture to product implementation. Matt utilizes his experience and skills to evaluate prospective companies to create high growth technology solutions.

Charlie Dorsey, Common Wealth Group

Charlie Dorsey, Associate

Charlie Dorsey is from Roanoke originally, coming to Common Wealth after working in software and compliance. He studied political science at Davidson College, and his business interests are in the areas of technology, efficiency, data, and statistical analytics.

 

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Allegheny Logistics Group

Thank you, Allegheny Logistics Group, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

Allegheny Logistics Group

Jim Loux (right), the Founder and President of Allegheny Brokerage Co. Inc., delivered the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy to Vincent Murray (left) of team Ecosy from Queen’s University, Belfast. Their winning business concept of the 2010 Global Student Challenge was a wood pellet fueled patio heater that reduces fuel costs, increases mobility, and reduces the environmental impact of patio heaters used for outdoor dining and entertaining.

The Allegheny Logistics Group is an umbrella identity covering Allegheny Brokerage Co. Inc. and Allegheny Logistics Services Inc.  The Allegheny Logistics Group and the Allegheny Companies provide full service support in all areas of exportation and importation of goods through a network of agents and partners in more than 80 cities around the world.  This support includes ocean and air freight, inland transport, warehousing, and freight management services.  Additionally we provide knowledgeable consulting and training services regarding compliance with U.S. Government export and import regulations.

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Wordsprint

Thank you, Wordsprint, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

Wordsprint
Wordsprint is a regional marketing services provider with in-house design, print, and mail capabilities, specializing in multi-channel advertising campaigns for area businesses, and fundraising drives for non-profit organizations. With a new office in the Corporate Research Center at Virginia Tech, Wordsprint now employs 19 people in its Virginia locations, and utilizes state-of-the-art database management with variable data printing technology to target specific demographic markets. Wordsprint has won numerous awards as one of the best-managed companies in the United States, including a 2012 Platinum RAVE Award for the best customer service in the entire marketing/printing/mailing industry.

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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.

One of the World’s Top Four International Financial Services Institutions Chooses VoiceVantage™

Voice Vantage Biometric Voice Verification TechnologiesTHC Technologies Corp., a private corporation engaged in the global biometric solutions market, today announced a major contract with one of the world’s top four financial services providers. Further validation of its VoiceVantage™ voice verification software’s premier status within the international financial services market.

THC CEO Frances Lynch said, “This is a very important and strategic win for us. THC provides the core proprietary voice verification solutions our Partners deploy to secure software applications, often at military grade, for multiple security markets including the international financial services sector. THC and its Partners market voice activated solutions that advance client’s cyber security capabilities, increase client satisfaction and enhance organizational resilience.”

Tomas T. Wilkerson, THC’s VP of Marketing concurred saying, “Organizations worldwide in financial services, corrections, healthcare, government and many other industries maximize performance and provide investment protection because THC and our partners provide them complete best-of-breed voice authentication solutions. We focus on designing, developing and deploying voice solutions with our partners sharing the common goal to create best-of-breed hardware and software configurations on which to deploy their industry specific solutions.”

For more information contact:
Frances Lynch, CEO
THC Technologies Corporation
540-443-9290
[email protected]
www.voicevantage.com


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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: The Branch Group, Inc.

Thank you, The Branch Group, Inc., for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

The Branch GroupPictured above (left to right): Ernie Caldwell, President of GJ Hopkins, Inc.; Craig Floyd, President of Branch & Associates, Inc.; Will Karbach, CEO of The Branch Group; and Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks.

The Branch Group, Inc., headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, is an employee-owned construction company whose work touches all aspects of the built environment through its subsidiaries: Branch & Associates, Inc., Branch Civil, Inc., and G. J. Hopkins, Inc. The Branch Group portfolio includes building infrastructure from highways and bridges, Higher Education, Healthcare, and Government, to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems that make a facility operational. One such project in 2003 is the above-pictured VT KnowledgeWorks office building, constructed by Branch & Associates. In 2015, Engineering News-Record Top 400 List ranked The Branch Group as the #176th largest coThe Branch Group, Inc. logonstruction company in the United States, with 2016 revenues of $393.3 million and a workforce of over 847 employees.

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: VPT

Thank you, VPT, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

VPT

VPT, Inc. is a global leader in power products to aerospace, military, and space applications. VPT offers high reliability DC-DC power converters for use in a wide range of programs such as GPS Satellites, Boeing commercial aircraft, Predator UAVs, and SpaceX rockets. VPT products are sold internationally to over 35 countries and have flown to the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Pluto, and the International Space Station. Headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, VPT employs over 200 people in facilities that also include Seattle, Boston, and Taiwan.

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs

Thank you, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsor Showcase: Virginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVirginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents for study abroad and global research; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. A Blacksburg-based center is primarily dedicated to English Language and American Culture training for non-native speakers.

The mission of Outreach and International Affairs is to share the best of Virginia Tech by working side by side with communities throughout the world.

The values (IMPACT) are:
Integrity • Mutual respect • Passion to serve (Ut Prosim) • Advocacy • Competence • Trust

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

Thank you, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC), for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center aerial

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.

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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 the Finalist Teams of the 2017 Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the finalist teams chosen to present their business concepts in this year’s VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary. The Virtual Preliminary is open to institutions outside the U.S. who have never participated in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

VTKW Global

The Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas and showcase their creativity, as well as enhance their understanding of the requirements for a successful business venture. University teams will test their business concept by confirming that their idea meets a customer need, occupies a differentiated position in the marketplace, and has a viable business model and value proposition.

The winner of the Virtual Preliminary will be reimbursed up to $5,000 in travel expenses for coach airfare to the U.S. The event begins with a two-day trip in Washington, D.C., to enjoy sightseeing trips to museums and monuments, and participate in private tours.  The winning team will enjoy the rest of the event in Roanoke and Blacksburg, Virginia, for a week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, as they compete against other global finalist teams for the $25,000 grand prize in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The five student teams competing for $5,000 in airfare to the U.S. include:

  • COORTech Reactor of South Africa: The COORTech Reactor is a novel (patented) nanotech reactor for textile wastewater treatment and reuse.
  • Leñitos of Peru: Leñitos produces sawdust briquettes as a substitute product to the carob and eucalyptus firewood and sugar cane bagasse.
  • SIOS of Chile: SIOS is a project designed to reduce the larvae fixation inefficiencies in the catchment period of scallop farming, improving the life quality of those who subsist on this activity.
  • Siproex of Chile: Siproex is a system made to keep the perfect humidity level during fruit and vegetable exportation.
  • Water for All of Peru: A system that purifies spring water using solar energy in order to expand the coverage of drinking water for human consumption and industrial use in Peru.
Stay tuned to learn more about these finalist teams by viewing their team profiles at bit.ly/VirtualPreliminary2017.

 

Admission to the Global Student Challenge Presentations finals on August 24, 2017, is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at http://www.vtkwglobal.com/2017/registration.

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, 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.