Announcing the Fall 2016 Game Changers Challenge

VTKW Game Changers Challenge
VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the Game Changers Challenge, an opportunity for one entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team to qualify for a $25,000 “Running Start” loan plus a package of free startup assistance services.  Solid runners-up may also qualify for free startup assistance.

Any aspiring entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team may enter by submitting an application by October 7, 2016.  The challenge is open to all who meet the following criteria:

  • The product or service to be provided by the venture must either be consumed (not simply re-marketed) by another business, or be integrated into a more complex end-product for downstream sale.
  • The targeted buyers must constitute a relatively narrow demographic niche that can be addressed with limited resources.
  • The proposed product or service must powerfully address some widely acknowledged niche need.
  • High leverage must be obtained by the $25,000 (not just the first $25,000 out of a $1M needed for launch, for instance).
  • The entrepreneurial team must be able to fill the technology leadership roles in the proposed venture.
  • The team must be committed to locating business operations in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
  • Any intellectual property related to the enterprise must be appropriately owned or licensed by the enterprise.

Finalists will be selected by VT KnowledgeWorks staff, and will then be invited to make a 15-minute presentation to the Running Start Committee on their proposed new ventures.  There will be no public events, nor will competing teams be allowed to attend each other’s presentations.  In the absence of a solid applicant, no loan will be made.  This is a qualifying process, not a contest.

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines available on the VT KnowledgeWorks website www.vtknowledgeworks.com.  The deadline for the fall 2016 application submissions is October 7, 2016.  Applications should be submitted to info@vtknowledgeworks.com.  The selection committee will review applications and VT KnowledgeWorks will communicate with applicants shortly thereafter.  Awards will be announced in December.

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

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., PowerSchoolRackspace, 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.

The Entrepreneurship Option Workshop

VT KnowledgeWorks is hosting The Entrepreneurship Option workshop on Thursday, October 6 at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in the Crescent Conference Room from 1-3:30PM, 2000 Kraft Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060.

This interactive workshop will help you identify what it takes and what it means to be a true entrepreneur instead of an employee.

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

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

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

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

What you will study…

  • Fundamental Factors that govern startup success
  • Powerful Habits used by many good managers
  • MOXIE and why it matters

And the best part? This event is free.

To register, please visit our website, call us at 540-443-9100 Ext. 3, or email us at info@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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

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., PowerSchoolRackspace, 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.

Meet the Winners of the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

We’re excited to share with you pictures of the winners of the the Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event held on August 11-20, 2016. This unique opportunity gave student teams and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

The competition winners are:

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Grand Prize Winner ($15,000) and Winner of the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award ($10,000) – $25,000
Pictured left to right: Jordan Klein and David Hall of Virginia Tech, USA

 

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Winner of the VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award – $10,000
Pictured left to right: Dr. Joe Meredith, of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, as well as Jan Schroeder, Tommaso Armstrong, Hartley Pike, Samuel McDonnell, and Monique Potts from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

 

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Winner of the People’s Choice Award – $5,000
Pictured left to right: Rayyan Sorefan, Dr. Karl Markgraf of Virginia Tech’s Outreach & International Affairs, Cesare Dunker, and Marcus Wright of the University of Kent, England, as well as Dr. Joe Meredith of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

To learn more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, visit our website at www.vtkwglobal.com. To view a list of all participating University Partners from around the world, go to http://www.vtkwglobal.com/2016/partners.

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship-building possible: 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., PowerSchoolRackspace, 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.

For a complete list of other contributors of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event, please visit our website at http://www.vtkwglobal.com/2016/contributors.

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.

Winners Announced – VTKW Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event held on August 11-20, 2016, provided a unique opportunity for student teams and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

During this celebration of entrepreneurship, student teams from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, and the USA competed in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for a $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy.

The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park and Diamond, Inc. of Virginia Tech, USA, which included Jordan Klein and David Hall. Their prize package included the $10,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product. In addition to that, they were awarded another $15,000; and as a permanent tribute to their success, their name and university will be etched into the base of the Global Challenge Trophy, which will reside at VT KnowledgeWorks in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Their winning concept was an improved cycling helmet that is ultra portable. Their helmet eliminates bulkiness and the stigma of current bicycle helmets.

The $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service went to Construction Cloud of University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, represented by Hartley Pike, Samuel McDonnell, Tommaso Armstrong, and Jan Schroeder. Construction Cloud lets construction teams function like they have a photographic memory. Construction teams can create a visual timeline of their project from start to finish, keeping all photos and videos stored securely in one place. Accessible by all team members via mobile and web, Construction Cloud saves time, improves team communication and protects companies in disputes. Users have the details remembered for them, so they can get on with building their project on time without headaches. It’s like the Instagram and Dropbox for the construction industry – a photo library stored in the cloud.

The People’s Choice award of $5,000, sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, was selected by vote of the event attendees at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. The People’s Choice was awarded to eLog, of University of Kent, England, whose business concept aims to use technology to help displaced people across the world fleeing political persecution and war. Refugees use eLog to map their migration and provide evidence of their journey when applying for asylum as well as family records. This revolutionary application speeds up the integration program, helping to settle refugees into their new home. Cesare Dunker and Rayyan Sorefan presented the concept.

The competition finals at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on August 18, 2016, were part of a celebration of student entrepreneurship and students’ important contributions to the global economy. The day concluded with an awards banquet and flag presentation ceremony at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

During the rest of their visit to the USA, global teams enjoyed a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., including sightseeing at museums and monuments, and a United States Capitol tour. Teams attended a lunch at the Embassy of Italy and were welcomed by other embassy representatives from their home region, as well as observed a panel discussion on “Globalizing your Business.”

While in Blacksburg, teams were housed by local families, spent interactive time with successful technology companies and enjoyed fellowship with Virginia Tech students. Some of the activities included tours of the Virginia Tech campus, Lane Stadium, Dairy Science Complex – Kentland Farm, and the Moss Arts Center; souvenir shopping experiences in Roanoke and Blacksburg; and festive meals throughout the entire event. The event concluded with a regional audience attending the Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception at The Hotel Roanoke on August 19, 2016, where winning teams were honored and all participants of the Global Partnership Event were recognized.

To learn more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, visit our website at www.vtkwglobal.com. To view a list of all participating University Partners from around the world, go to http://www.vtkwglobal.com/2016/partners.

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship-building possible: 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., PowerSchoolRackspace, 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.

For a complete list of other contributors of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event, please visit our website at http://www.vtkwglobal.com/2016/contributors.

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.

Registration Opens Virginia Tech’s ACC InVenture Prize

Registration is open for Virginia Tech undergraduate students with a business idea to enter the second annual VT KnowledgeWorks ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech competition. Selected finalists will deliver their ideas and inventions in a 3-minute pitch at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on November 2, 2016.

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The winning team will receive transportation and accommodations to compete against other ACC universities in Atlanta on March 31, 2017, at the ACC InVenture Prize competition, a Shark Tank-style pitch competition offering $30,000 in prize money.

Teams that apply for the ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech competition will also be automatically entered into the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on April 12, 2017, to compete for $15,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to face global contenders on a world stage next summer for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Award.

Student teams must register by September 23, 2016, at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/accinventureprize/2016/registration.

Obtain a free ticket to watch the teams present their pitches on November 2, 2016, at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/accinventureprize/2016/registration.

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

VT KnowledgeWorks 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&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust Company, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool, Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, 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.

Share Your Experiences about the Global Partnership Event

Let’s join together to extend our networks and build our relationships by sharing our experiences during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event, August 11-20, in social media.

FacebookFacebook: Post updates and photos to www.facebook.com/vtknowledgeworks. Include the hashtag #vtkwglobal and tag VT KnowledgeWorks so we can share globally what’s happening for those here and abroad.

 

TwitterTwitter: Follow VT KnowledgeWorks on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vtkw. Post updates using #vtkwglobal as a hashtag. Anyone can search Twitter using “#vtkwglobal” as a search term, then click on the #vtkwglobal hashtag to see the stream of tweets about the event.

 

VimeoVimeo/YouTube: If you upload a video, send the link to us at info@vtkwglobal.com and we will post it to our Facebook page or blog.

 

 

Watch the Live Stream of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Event!

Observe 14 student teams from all over the world pitch their business ideas for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy. Review the Global Challenge Presentation Agenda for August 18, and meet this year’s judging panel. If you are unable to join us for the Challenge at The Inn at Virginia Tech on August 18, we invite you to watch via the live stream channel!

  1. Scan the QR code or go to http://www.vtkwglobal.com/video/challenge.
  2. Click the play button on the video to watch the live stream of the Challenge on Thursday, August 18, 8:15 AM – 4:00 PM EST.
  3. Share the link and invite family, friends, and colleagues to observe too!

http://www.vtkwglobal.com/video/challenge

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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, and Washington, D.C., 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 Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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

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

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 & AnalyticsRackspaceShentel, 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.

Agenda for the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

Observe teams from all over the world present their business ideas for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy, before a live regional audience and judging panel at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge.

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Thanks to Plastics One Inc. and Virginia Tech’s Outreach & International Affairs for sponsoring this year’s Advanced Manufacturing Award and People’s Choice Award respectively.  Learn more about the prizes that will be awarded at the Challenge.

Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

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

August 18 Challenge Agenda

(agenda and live stream channel at www.vtkwglobal.com/video/challenge)

8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:15 a.m. – Welcome
8:30 a.m.- Plasteat
8:55 a.m. – Bio Aletha
9:20 a.m. – ECOAERIS
9:45 a.m. – Magic Styler

10:10 a.m. – 20-minute break

10:30 a.m. – Ledsreact
10:55 a.m. – Park & Diamond
11:20 a.m. – BotTherapist
11:45 a.m. – CoatChecker

12:10 p.m. – Lunch in Latham Ballroom A – 1:10 p.m.

Global Student Challenge Presentations Continued

1:10 p.m. – FOD – Friends of Deaf
1:35 p.m. – Pitcher Tech
2:00 p.m. – BrainLock

2:25 p.m. – 20-minute break

2:45 p.m. – Construction Cloud
3:10 p.m. – weview
3:35 p.m. – eLog

4:00 p.m. – Conclude Global Student Challenge Presentations

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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, and Washington, D.C., 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 Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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

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

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 & AnalyticsRackspaceShentel, 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.

Join Us for Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys

Make new friends from other countries, expand your personal network, and celebrate entrepreneurship at the VTKW Global Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception on Friday, August 19, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Shenandoah Ballroom, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia.

Click here to register!

Join us at Tastes and Sounds of the Valley!

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, and Washington, D.C., 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 Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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

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

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 & AnalyticsRackspaceShentel, 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 Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Judges

2016 VTKW, VT KnowledgeWorks global challenge trophyUniversity teams from around the world will be competing in the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Student Entrepreneurship Event for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and in Washington, D.C., USA, August 11‑20, 2016.

The Global Student Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Presentations will be held in the Alumni Assembly Hall at the Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 18, 2016. Admission to the Global Student Challenge Presentations is FREE and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, go to our Regional Registration page.

Our panel of judges for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship are:

  • Eva Doss, President and CEO of The Launch Place
  • Gregory W. Feldmann, President of Skyline Capital Strategies
  • Carol W. Hamilton, Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Business at James Madison University
  • Will Karbach, CEO of The Branch Group, Inc.
  • Christopher ‘Kit’ Lisle, Founder and Managing Partner of Acclaro Growth Partners
  • Robert McAden, Senior Business Operations Manager of Rackspace
  • Dr. Dan Sable, Founder and CEO of VPT, Inc.

Please see photos and read biographies of our Panel of Judges for the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneurship Presentations. (PDF)

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, and Washington, D.C., 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 Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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

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

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 & AnalyticsRackspaceShentel, 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.

Virginia Velocity Tour in Blacksburg-Roanoke Area September 19

From Virginia Velocity Tour:

Virginia’s new and growing businesses are solving problems that matter to society – in health, biotechnology, security and other real-world industries. In September 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is hosting the Virginia Velocity Tour, a celebration of the entrepreneurs building Virginia’s 21st century economy. The tour is part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity business plan competition.

Virginia Velocity Tour 2016

During the fall of 2016, the tour bus will travel the Commonwealth of Virginia to spotlight Virginia-based entrepreneurs. The tour will highlight the distinct strengths and economic advantages of cities across the Commonwealth, provide Virginia entrepreneurs with access and connections to help scale their businesses, and award $125,000 in equity-free grants over the course of five public pitch competitions.

Applications are now open to early-stage entrepreneurs from across the Commonwealth.* A total of 30-40 finalists will be selected to participate in the Virginia Velocity Tour.

From September 19-23, the tour bus will travel to five regions across the Commonwealth and celebrate an industry that the region is proud of:

  • 9/19: Roanoke & Blacksburg-STEM & Energy
  • 9/20: Richmond-Creativity & Manufacturing
  • 9/21: Hampton Roads-Biotechnology & Health
  • 9/22: Northern Virginia-Cybersecurity
  • 9/23: Charlottesville-Food & Agriculture

At each of the 5 stops, 5-8 finalists from across the Commonwealth will participate in the day’s events based on the industry in which they work. Over the course of each day, the finalists will engage with local businesses, network with the region’s civic and business leaders, and participate in a public pitch competition, where one finalist will win a $25,000 equity-free grant prize.

*Note that the startup does not need to be based in a particular region to participate in that region’s events.

Community members and investors are invited to check out the Virginia Velocity Tour website and entrepreneurs are invited to apply to compete.

For more information:

Virginia Velocity
600 E Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219
contact@virginiavelocitytour.org

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.BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.MeridiumNational 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.