Showcase of 2016 VTKW Global Teams: Tecnologico de Monterrey

University teams will be competing in the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 11-20, 2016.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Showcase of Teams

Tecnologico de Monterrey – Monterrey, Mexico

Business concept and description:

Bio Aletha

Bio Aletha is a company that produces bioethanol by cultivation, fermentation and distillation of microalgae. We generate sustainable energy alternatives, a solution for the production and distribution of bio-energy as sources of clean and renewable energy. Bio Aletha is the first Mexican company producer of bioethanol with feedstock, which does not compete with the food sector as bioethanol is produced from sorghum, wheat and sugar cane.

2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event Student Team: Bio Aletha from Tecnologico de Monterrey from Mexico

Pictured left to right: Sebastian Rodriguez, Daniela León and Alberto Sánchez.

Watch the video to learn more about Bio Aletha.

Team Bio Aletha will be competing in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Alumni Assembly Hall in The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Tecnologico de Monterrey, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event will be held August 11-20, 2016.

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, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  Members of the partnership gather annually to celebrate student entrepreneurship hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center,Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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 GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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.

2016 Updates on Some of the Past Global Student Challenge Finalists

Colombian Flag$15,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award in 2015
Animus, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia
Alfonso Quijano Jesurum, Jose Gómez Castro

Animus Ingeniería is a technology-based company with expertise in video analytics and telemetry that combines face recognition, automatic vehicle location, and inventory control technology that helps companies in Latin America affected by highway banditry or merchandise theft in vehicles transporting goods over land. Animus recently joined forces with a company, DCT (Digital Com Tech), utilizing some of their hardware and software services, while tapping into their clientele network to grow. They are in the process of seeking outside funding, and they have hired two new engineers to assist with their continued growth.

Swiss Flag$5,000 People’s Choice Winner in 2015
EntoLog, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
Philippe Geiger, Stefan Klettenhammer, Meinrad Koch

EntoLog continues to work on their business, producing nutritious protein-rich foods using an innovative technology that enables the extraction of proteins and other valuable nutritional products from insects. In early September 2015, they presented their business case on a national TV talk show: www.srf.ch/play/tv/aeschbacher/video/meinrad-koch?id=20ee3560-b37b-4dfd-b5e0-7fc6e97c8319. They were nominated for the leading technology prize in Switzerland called the Swiss Technology Award, and as a result of their nomination, they produced this short video clip (in German): www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYdnmifntcg. They were also mentioned in a national economic magazine featuring ten outstanding startups from Switzerland (available in German or French): http://dievolkswirtschaft.ch/de/2016/04/gerber-05-2016. In collaboration with a process company and the University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, they are in the process of setting up a CTI project (Commission for Technology and Innovation) to upscale the extraction process and to check its industrial validity. They have joined the RUNWAY Startup Incubator at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur where they receive collaborative open work space and a personal coach to accelerate their growth.

Chilean Flag$5,000 People’s Choice Winner in 2014
DD-MOff, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Andrea Carolina Mohr Beckdorf, Trinidad Schlotterbeck Suárez, Alison Kareen Scheuch González

DD-MOff is a natural product designed to be applied on any object that is in contact with the algae Didymo to reduce the chance of dissemination to new environments, while not affecting other ecosystems. The team is currently validating their results with a recognized external lab in Chile, which is dedicated to the detection of the algae Didymo. The lab was hired in March and DD-MOff is looking forward to receiving formal results in July. Based on that technical information, they will define and decide strategically how they move forward with DD-MOff.

Australian Flag$5,000 Second Place Winner in 2013
Roka, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Conchita De Souza, Janek Gonsalkorale, Paridhi Jain, and Natalia Krslovic

The founder of Roka, Kimberley Abbott, handed Roka back to the 40K Group, a leader in social entrepreneurship space, in order to progress the business further. Roka was formed while Kim was taking part in 40K Globe; offering Australian university students, including students from the University of Technology, Sydney, an opportunity to get practical experience in an unfamiliar environment and culture, and help address problems present in rural Indian communities. Roka is a social microenterprise project that is currently being established to improve the status of women and to increase education and economic empowerment for the women of Maranahali Bande quarry in Bangalore, India. Roka employs women to make jewelry (pendants and cuff links) from the waste granite dust of the quarry. 28 cuff links and 18 pendants have been sold thus far. In terms of production, 20 pendants were made in September, 25 cuff links were produced in November for a commercial order, and 50 cuff links were produced in March for retail purposes.

ltalian Flag$5,000 People’s Choice Winner in 2013
GraphInsight, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
Michele Dallachiesa, Gintare Simkute, Alice Porrà

While Team GraphInsight is currently suspended, former team member, Michele Dallachiesa, has launched a new business. Michele’s new business, Skysense Inc., markets charging stations for Unmanned Aerial Systems, enabling the deployment of remote-managed flights and fully autonomous missions. After spending six months at Start-Up Chile, Skysense joined the first class of the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

Canadian Flag$5,000 Runner-up Team in 2011
OOHLALA Mobile, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Peter Cen, James Dang

OOHLALA is a mobile platform running on over 150 colleges in five countries serving over 1 million students, enabling students to interface with every aspect of their campus. OOHLALA is located in Montreal with a team of 25 people and was selected for Top 30 Under 30 in Education for Forbes Magazine in 2015.

Israeli Flag$5,000 Runner-up Team in 2010
EasyCheck, Ruppin Academic Center, Emek Hefer, Israel
Shahar Peled, Hadas Geva, Inbal Gutman

Although EasyCheck is no longer being pursued as a business, one of the team members, Shahar Peled, started his own company called ArTack Medical. ArTack Medical is developing the “eTack,” which is a novel, motorized, articulated hernia mesh fixation device. It is designed for laparoscopic repair, as well as open surgery, and can be used with any currently available mesh. ArTack Medical is a privately held, medical device company, and is currently pursuing strategic partners in the USA and China.

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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.

2016 Semifinals Winner Patrick Acker of Yard Mapper Featured in VT News

Patrick Acker of Yard Mapper was featured in a recent VT News article titled, “College project becomes career for Keystone Fellow Patrick Ackers.” Yard Mapper won the $5,000 Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business People’s Choice Award at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals as well as the 2016 ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech. The VT News article is excerpted here, and the original article may be found on the VT News website.

Patrick Ackler

Recent Virginia Tech graduate Patrick Acker is tackling a new role: entrepreneur.

What started as a capstone design project has become a full-time endeavor for Acker, who graduated in May with a degree in industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering and a minor in business in the Pamplin College of Business.

Acker and his business partner, David Evans, of Groton, Massachusetts, a senior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering, are the inventors and company co-founders of Yard Mapper, a software system that tracks trailers and shipping containers at distribution centers, streamlining the process and saving manufacturers time and money. The system does not require extensive infrastructure and can be installed in a matter of hours. The first test system was installed at Frito Lay in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Since then, it has been a whirlwind of activity for Acker and Evans. They made five pitches this spring to businesspeople and subject matter experts. At the Virginia Tech KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals they won the People’s Choice award and $5,000 in scholarships. They also won the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize at Virginia Tech and advanced to the final ACC InVenture Prize competition in Atlanta.

Acker, who started the nonprofit Cyling4aCure to raise money for cancer while he was a student, said that like his nonprofit Yard Mapper is a leap of faith. But he approaches both endeavors the same way.

“It is taking hold of an opportunity and going at it as hard as you can,” he said.

Acker is still getting used to his new role. “In early-stage entrepreneurship, there are no grades or performance reviews to tell you how you are doing,” he said. “You learn to assess yourself and celebrate your successes. You have to work long hours, but it doesn’t feel like work. If you love what you do, you are motivated and it becomes obsessive.”

In April, Acker was inducted as one of 15 Keystone Fellows, a designation that honors students who are creating their unique Keystone Experience by understanding their strengths and goals in the context of service to others and by living the Aspirations for Student Learning. Profiles of each of the 2016 Keystone Fellows are available online.

“I saw the prospect of being a Keystone Fellow as an opportunity to be part of a passionate group of people who push themselves to be better,” Acker said. “It is also a chance for me to mentor younger students and give back what I can to my peers.”

The Keystone Experience is a Division of Student Affairs initiative that provides students with a framework to reflect upon their values, be intentional about their personal development, and realize their unique potential. It recognizes that learning happens everywhere, both in and out of the classroom, often in the day-to-day lives of Virginia Tech students.

Acker cites the skills he gained through Cycling4aCure and his participation in the Freshman Leadership Experience as pivotal moments during his time at Virginia Tech. He utilized his own Keystone Experience to reflect on the impact of his involvement in shaping his future and he encouraged students to do the same. “Don’t be afraid of failure. That’s where you learn the most,” Acker said. “Pursue your Keystone Experience by, first, finding what you love to do and, second, building a mentorship network. The two combined can bring out the best in you.”

In a recent speech to eighth-grade students in his hometown of Midlothian, Virginia, Acker summed up his philosophy. “Believe in yourself,” he said. “Look at life as an opportunity rather than a challenge. Don’t worry about reaching your limit. When you are passionate about something, the energy will come. Stop talking and start doing. Take the leap.”

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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 GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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 2016 Big Launch Challenge

2016 Big Launch ChallengeThe Big Launch Challenge is a joint venture between The Launch Place and the First Flight Venture Center designed to showcase technology-related business ideas in a highly competitive environment. The business plan competition includes awards totaling up to $30,000 for the winners. The challenge has a total of two rounds, plus a final LIVE event. The Big Launch Challenge LIVE event is scheduled for 1:00pm on September 20, 2016, at the Research Triangle Park Headquarters located at 12 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC.

The challenge is an annual event and offers startups valuable business networking and capital opportunities, as well as critical resources. The goal of The Big Launch Challenge is to foster entrepreneurship by offering education, team creation, mentorship, early-stage prototyping, and potential follow-on seed financing.  Startups from the nano technology, green technology, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, medical devices, and information technology industries are invited to apply for The Big Launch Challenge’s third year.

For more information, read about it on The Launch Place website.

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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 GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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.

Save the Date for These 2016 VTKW Global Partnership Events

Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception 2016

Save The Date

SAVE THE DATE: August 18-19
Two events open to the public in conjunction with the
VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership

Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge
8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Thursday, August 18
Alumni Assembly Hall, The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Tickets free; register by August 10

Observe teams from all over the world present their business ideas for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy.  Read about this year’s 15th finalist team, winner of the Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary.
University teams will be competing for:

  • $10,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
  • $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
  • $15,000 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

Tastes & Sounds of the Valleys Reception
5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, August 19
Shenandoah Ballroom, The Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke
Tickets $50/person; register by August 10

Expand your global network and come meet the finalists and winning teams of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge!  Enjoy unique food from the Roanoke and New River Valleys, as well as live performances by regional artists, like the Blue Ridge Mtn. Cloggers and The Wildmans.  Here’s a preview of the 2016 global regions that will be present at the reception. Read the formal press release.

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, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  Members of the partnership gather annually to celebrate student entrepreneurship hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center,Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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 SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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.

Sign Up for Startup Chatup at Wikiteria Free

Join in informal chats about startup issues and discuss your entrepreneurial aspirations with Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks. Meet with Jim at Wikiteria, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Startup Chatup @ Wikiteria: Register for a time slot on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Wikiteria in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center at 1715 Pratt Drive, Suite 1200.

FREE!

register

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

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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.

A Global View of the Seventh Annual Global Partnership Event

The Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event will bring together university students and faculty from all over the world to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington D.C., and Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, August 11-20, 2016.

During this event, elite student teams will compete in a Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge as they pitch their business ideas for a $25,000 prize.

We mean “from all over the world.” Here’s a global view of our University Partners who will bring students and faculty to Washington D.C., and Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, August 11-20, 2016.

2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partners Map

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, 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.

Our global students need local beds! We invite you to be a Global Host Family.

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

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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 2016 Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary Winner

2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event University PartnersVT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the winner of the Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, Team weview, who will advance to this year’s Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Team weview’s goal is to revolutionize shopping by combining the medium of our time – video – with personal reviews of real users and interactive elements, so that customers can find the exact products they were looking for.  Team members Jakob von Egidy, Leopold von Waldthausen, Christoph Proeschel, and Igor Suslov represent Technical University of Munich (TUM), in Munich, Germany.

As part of their prize, Team weview 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 11-20, 2016.  The event begins with a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., where student teams will sightsee at museums and monuments and participate in tours.  The group then travels to Roanoke and Blacksburg, Virginia, August 13-20, where student teams will be housed by local families, receive coaching from successful technology companies, and enjoy fellowship and celebratory meals with Virginia Tech students and other regional attendees.

There will be 15 student teams competing in the Seventh Annual Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for the $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge trophy from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, and USA (Virginia Tech).

This year’s prizes include:

  • $10,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
  • $10,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
  • $15,000 – 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’s Outreach and International Affairs

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., Blacksburg, and Roanoke, 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 weeklong 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 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 lindsey.eversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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.

Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Grand Prize Winner Updates

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide. Annually VT KnowledgeWorks hosts a Global Partnership Event, which 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. In conjunction with this event, a Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge is offered where elite student teams present their business concepts before a live audience and judging panel for a $25,000 grand prize.

Read this update from our $25,000 Grand Prize Winners from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenges!

$25,000 Grand Prize Winner in 2013
Auticiel, Télécom Ecole de Management, Evry, France
Sarah Cherruault, François Dupayrat

Auticiel is dedicated to help people with cognitive impairments be better included within society thanks to the use of well adapted digital solutions. Auticiel solutions are co-developed with a scientific committee of both medical and educational experts, as well as leading institutions and associations. The project has evolved from Autimo, a single-app meant to recognize emotions, to a company producing a whole suite of applications (AMIKEO Apps), which 80,000+ users have downloaded to date. Since 2015, Auticiel is transitioning from an app vendor to become a SaaS vendor, already providing to a hundred of specialized institutions and families a subscription-based solution packaged with a strong and secured tablet, AMIKEO, with access to all applications and many companion services. Auticiel is also experimenting its solutions on new segments, such as elderly people with cognitive deficiencies (like Alzheimer’s disease) in retirement homes. The Auticiel team has obtained many awards and press mention in Europe since 2014, and has been funded by Business Angels, grants and loans up to €500k. Auticiel is currently involved in a Series A round of €650k (2016 revenue over €300k). To learn more, contact pr-invest@auticiel.com.

$25,000 Grand Prize Winner in 2014
feelSpace, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
Leonardo Stenico, Galena Kostoska, Alberto Parrella, Julia Wache

In November 2015, the team formally founded feelSpace. To learn more about the company, you can visit their website at www.feelspace.de/navibelt. Julia Wache completed her Ph.D. in April 2016 and moved to Osnabrück, Germany to work full-time for feelSpace. They have a new prototype and are in the final stages of production before it goes to market and is available for sale by the end of summer 2016. In May, they launched a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo, which can be accessed at http://igg.me/at/feelspace-navibelt.

$25,000 Grand Prize Winner in 2015
Visionear, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, Thailand
Nuntipat Narkthong, Budsapanee Pongsiriyaporn, Natthaphat Laoharawee, Gaywalee Laimloha

Two of the team members, Nuntipat and Budsapanee are continuing to work on Visionear, smart glasses for those who are visually impaired. Currently, Visionear is in the process of redesigning and preparing for mass production. The team expects product launch by fourth quarter of 2016. After the VTKW Global Partnership Week, Visionear received many awards and publicity in Thailand, Taiwan, and Singapore, and has fundraised $75,000 for product development and commercialization. They continue to expand their network with organizations for the visually impaired, as well as potential investors.

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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 GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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 Members of the 2016 VTKW Global Partnership

VT KnowledgeWorks 2016 Global Partnership Event

VT KnowledgeWorks hosts its seventh annual Global Partnership Event on August 11-20, 2016. University students, faculty, and staff from all over the world will congregate, collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks.

The Global Partnership is a multi-layered, ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social and academic relationships. This year’s 14 participating university partners include 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; Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia; University of Kent, England; University of Technology, Jamaica, Jamaica; University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; University of Trento, Italy; Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Virginia Tech, USA; and ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. The 15th finalist team, winner of the Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, will be announced June 1 and advance to the August finals.

The Global Partnership is hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and the citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Two concurrent tracks offered during the Global Partnership Event address the particular globalization issues faced by student entrepreneurs and innovative universities.

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. The event begins with a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., where student teams will sightsee at museums and monuments and participate in tours. The group then travels to Roanoke and Blacksburg, Virginia, August 13-20, where student teams will be housed by local families, receive coaching from successful technology companies, and enjoy fellowship and celebratory meals with Virginia Tech students and other regional attendees.

Another key element of the week is a stimulating multi-university roundtable event at Virginia Tech, where faculty members participating in the University Track will discuss and exchange best practices and provide an update on their entrepreneurship support programs, as well as new innovations and initiatives being conducted at their institution. Participants of the University Track enjoy celebratory meals with a regional audience and have numerous opportunities to network, partner, and do business with each other. They also attend the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge and awards banquet.

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 lindsey.eversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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.