Showcase of 2015 VTKW Global Teams: Zurich University of Applied Sciences

University teams will be competing in the 2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 16-22, 2015.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Showcase of Teams

Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation – Zurich, Switzerland

Business concept and description:

ENTOlogics

The start-up team ENTOlogics aims to help tackle the growing global challenge of producing nutritious protein-rich foods using an innovative technology that enables the extraction of proteins and other valuable nutritional products from insects. Using their state-of-the-art technology ENTOLogics can create a variety of insect-based food products to meet different customer needs at prices that are competitive with existing protein-rich foods.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team ENTOlogics from Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Food and Beverage InnovationPictured left to right: Meinrad Koch, Philippe Geiger, Stefan Klettenhammer.

 

Team ENTOlogics 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 20, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Sixth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 16 – 22, 2015.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. 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.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprinta

Showcase of 2015 VTKW Global Teams: University of Trento

University teams will be competing in the 2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 16-22, 2015.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Showcase of Teams

University of Trento – Trento, Italy

Business concept and description:

EYE-CHECK

EYE-CHECK is the innovative device able to quickly diagnose eye cancer by simply taking a photo. It is completely noninvasive and cheaper and faster than the current techniques used nowadays.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team EYE-CHECK from University of TrentoPictured left to right: Savita Seetaraman, Peter Kiss, Jurian van Dalfsen, Daniel Adrian Lungu, Diana Bassi, Elena Kalinina.

Watch the video to learn more about EYE-CHECK.

 

Team EYE-CHECK 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 20, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about University of Trento, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Sixth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 16 – 22, 2015.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. 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.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprinta

Showcase of 2015 VTKW Global Teams: Alexandria University

University teams will be competing in the 2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 16-22, 2015.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Showcase of Teams

Alexandria University – Alexandria, Egypt

Business concept and description:

Immersamodel

Immersamodel is a software package that provides a fully integrated and immersive gesture-based design, visualization, evaluation, modeling, and modification solution, which helps designers with the three-dimensional perception of the depth and scale in a single workflow or application. Immersamodel will reduce time and cost, as well as increase quality and productivity, as compared to the usual back and forth techniques while using different solutions and technologies.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team Immersamodel from Alexandria UnversityPictured left to right: Nagia Ghanem (attending faculty member), Abdelrahman Reda ElSaid ElAdly, Ahmed Ibrahim Ghazy Ibrahim, Amro Adel Anwar Abdelgalil Beshr, Mohamed Saad Farid Shatta, Mohamed Ibrahim Khaled Mohamed.

Watch the video to learn more about Immersamodel.

Team Immersamodel 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 20, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Alexandria University, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Sixth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 16 – 22, 2015.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. 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.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

Showcase of 2015 VTKW Global Teams: Universidad del Norte

University teams will be competing in the 2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 16-22, 2015.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Showcase of Teams

Universidad del Norte – Barranquilla, Colombia

Business concept and description:

Animus

Animus Ingeniería is a technology-based company with expertise in video analytics and telemetry. We aim to improve the quality of life through innovative technological solutions, helping customers make better, smarter decisions, while promoting civic consciousness. We provide tools to increase awareness by enhancing how companies respond to unwanted events, allowing them to provide solutions for these problems in real time.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team Animus from Universidad del Norte

Pictured left to right: Alfonso Quijano Jesurum, Liyis Gómez (Director of the Entrepreneurship Center), Jose Gómez Castro.

Watch the video to learn more about Animus.

 

Team Animus 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 20, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Universidad del Norte, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Sixth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 16 – 22, 2015.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. 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.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

First VTCRC Business Brief with VPT’s Dan Sable

VTCRC Business Brief with VPT

Welcome to the first “Business Brief with VPT.” Business Brief asks presidents and CEO’s of companies at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) one question…

“What key lesson have you learned in business that would help others?”

Please enjoy this first brief with Dan Sable, CEO of VPT.


When the VTCRC asked me to impart such advice, I cautioned with the following:

  • Advice is generally worth what you pay for (usually nothing)
  • What works or has worked for me does not in any way guarantee it will work for you
  • While hard work and smarts are important, being successful in business depends on a lot more on plain luck (other people call it timing) than anything else

About the only business lesson I am sure of is: Buy low and sell high. That said, I will try to summarize some of the lessons I learned in business that could help others and might be relevant to your business.

  1. It’s all about the people

    Your employees are your biggest asset (not your patents, not your technology, nor anything else). Your most critical job as CEO is hiring. Hire good people and put them in the right position. Some folks say that the customer is always right. I say your employees are always right until proven otherwise. Treat your employees with respect and demand it everywhere within your organization. Develop a culture where the good people stay, and the bad people leave or are let go.

  2. Bad news does not get better with age

    This can take many forms – a cash crunch, a failed project, a toxic employee, a delayed delivery to a customer. Understand the situation and take immediate action, including cost cutting, cancelling a project, letting go an employee, informing the customer and communicating a recovery plan, etc. If you realize you have made a hiring mistake, don’t delay in taking action, but do it in a respectful manner. This very often will involve offering a generous severance package in exchange for a general release of all claims. Hopefully, you can shake hands at the end.

  3. Businesses cannot exist without strong strategic partnerships

    Your employees, your customers, your vendors, your investors are all strategic partners. You cannot exist without them. To maintain a strategic partnership, it requires 2 things:Win-Win attitude: You have to look your partner in the eye and basically say, if I win, you will win. There are some people who do not believe in win-win. They feel they can only win if you lose. It is crucial to recognize these people and manage them accordingly.

    The pie has to be big enough for both parties to win. If a business or venture is not successful, no amount of good will with all parties can make it a success.

  4. Say what you do, and do what you say

    People’s tendency is to hedge. (This project should be done by this date, or this software should work in your system). In fact, your employees or customers hate it when you hedge. You will get a lot more respect if you tell your customer: This project WILL be done by this date and it WILL perform to these specifications, and this is what we WILL charge. If the project is not done, or it doesn’t work, then it is your burden to recognize it immediately when you know it and take appropriate action such as informing your customer and coming up with a recovery plan. (See #2 above)

  5. The first to develop a new technology is rarely the one who makes money from it

    This one is not going to be popular since we are in a university town where there are many businesses attempting to commercialize a new technology that may have come out of the university. Commercializing a new technology into a successful business is really difficult and my experience is that folks grossly underestimate the manufacturing, quality assurance, market acceptance, and product development time and costs. A lot of them fail trying. Then the second or third person who comes along and gets the benefit of the failed experience is the one who develops a successful product. Consider the following examples:

    • First PC: Commodore
    • First Spreadsheet: Visicalc
    • First Wordprocessor: Electric Pencil
    • First to develop a TV: Philo Farnsworth
    • First to offer an on-line service: Compuserve
    • First to offer a cell-phone: Motorola

    These new technologies did not translate to successful products. It is often better to take an existing niche product that already has a known market and then offer improved performance, lower cost, better quality, or better customer service.

  6. Don’t confuse raising money with making money

    In fact, raising money by issuing stock or convertible debt significantly complicates your ownership structure. Bootstrap as much as you possibly can. Borrow money from your friends and family. If you can get to the point where your business is cash-positive and you are earning a good living, then your negotiating position for raising money is greatly enhanced. Uninvolved shareholders can be very difficult to deal with. Avoid incentive stock option programs. There are better ways of rewarding employees or giving employees a vested interest in the success of your business than offering stock options. Keep the ownership structure of your company as simple as you can.

  7. Think International

    Most of the successful companies that I know have a strong international presence. Market or manufacture your product overseas. However, this is a lot more difficult to do than people realize. There are cultural barriers, language barriers, International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), payment terms, etc. It requires constant travel overseas to meet your manufacturing partner or customer. Even in this age of instant video communication, there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. If you can navigate the subtleties of doing business overseas, then you will have a big competitive advantage. It can help a lot to learn a foreign language.

  8. Make sure you consider the four D’s when starting your business with one or more partners

    The four D’s are Death, Disability, Divorce, and Disagreement. Starting a business with one or more partners is more complicated than getting married. In fact, you will probably spend more awake moments with your business partner than with your spouse. Make sure you and your partner(s) truly believe in win-win (see #3 above). Consider a buy-sell agreement that addresses the four D’s. Death, Disability, and Divorce are easily dealt with. The tricky one is Disagreement. What happens in a few years if you and your partner get into a major disagreement on running the company. Unfortunately, this is not the exception. My experience is that it is all too common. Effectively, you need a pre-nuptial agreement. In reality, a business is not a democracy. There needs to be one CEO who has the power to fire the other partner(s). However, the “pre-nup” needs to contain provisions for “fair” compensation in the event of irreconcilable differences.

I caution you that I am probably totally off-base with all the advice above. About the only business advice that I am sure of is the following: Buy low and sell high.

– Dan Sable

VPT, Inc.
www.vptpower.com
1971 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

Governor McAuliffe Announces Launch of Virginia Velocity

Virginia Velocity

Virginia Velocity is part of efforts to spur more entrepreneurism in the Commonwealth

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the launch of a key component of his efforts to catalyze entrepreneurism in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Velocity business plan competition opened today and is overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. The competition focuses on entrepreneurs in the key strategic growth sectors of bioscience and energy.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “It is critical to support, attract and retain entrepreneurs in the Commonwealth. Startup firms are a particularly important source of job sector growth for building the new Virginia economy. Entrepreneurism and innovation are key to growth in every part of urban, rural and suburban Virginia. This business plan competition is a great vehicle for encouraging more entrepreneurs to take the next step toward building a thriving and productive Virginia business.”

“Enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Virginia is an important part of the Governor’s overall economic development strategy,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “Entrepreneurism is integral to growing businesses and jobs, and Virginia Velocity provides an opportunity to strengthen the ecosystem by highlighting the work of entrepreneurs everywhere and helping them take their businesses to the next level.”

Virginia Velocity will provide $850,000 in prizes for winners, and at least four winners will be chosen. The competition is open to all companies in the bioscience and energy sectors, including those based outside of Virginia. There are a large number of judges with specific industry expertise in energy and bioscience. Each judge will be pre-qualified to ensure they have industry knowledge and can bring their expertise to this competition.

Among other requirements, eligible competitors must be for-profit organizations that have been engaged in their current business for at least 24 consecutive months. Winning companies must be willing to locate in Virginia for at least two years and are expected to have an office operating in Virginia by January 1, 2016. The minimum age to apply is 18 years of age, and the deadline for submitting an application is July 10, 2015.

More detailed information and rules about applying for the competition are available on the Virginia Velocity website at http://www.virginiavelocity.org.

A version of this article originally appeared on the Virginia.gov 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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

Register Soon for These 2015 VTKW Global Partnership Events

Save The DateFor these two VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership events in August…

Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 20
Alumni Assembly Hall, The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

Observe teams from all over the world pitch their business ideas for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy. It’s free to attend but you must register in advance!

Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception 2014Tastes & Sounds of the Valleys Reception
5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, August 21
Crystal Ballroom, The Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke
Tickets $50/person

Expand your global network and come meet the finalists and winning teams of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, while enjoying unique food and music from the Roanoke and New River Valleys.

Music provided by The Wildmans, a family band featuring traditional bluegrass with a focus on progressive instrumental leads and soulful vocals. Learn more at www.facebook.com/TheWildmans.

registernow

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. 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.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

Announcing VTKW Global Partnership Week University Partners

2015 VTKW Global Partnership Week University PartnersVT KnowledgeWorks hosts its Sixth Annual Global Partnership Week on August 16-22, 2015. 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, academic, and business 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; Télécom SudParis, France; Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador; Universidad del Norte, Colombia; 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.

See the full page of country flags with links to each University Partner’s website.

Members of the Global Partnership gather annually during a week-long event 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 Week 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. While in Blacksburg, the teams are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, enjoy fellowship with Virginia Tech students, and attend a formal awards banquet.

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.

 

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

Here are some other ways to get involved:

 

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.

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship-building possible: Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, and Wordsprint

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.

A Global View of VTKW’s Sixth Annual Global Partnership Week

The Sixth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will bring together university students and faculty from all over the world to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia during the week of August 16-22, 2015.

During this week-long celebration, 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 Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, August 16-22, 2015.

2015 VTKW Global Partners

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

Showcase of 2015 VTKW Global Teams: University of Kent

University teams will be competing in the 2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 16-22, 2015.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Showcase of Teams

University of Kent – Kent, United Kingdom

Business concept and description:

Ref-Rate

Ref-Rate is an online, service oriented website targeted at students, which allows the whole academic referencing process to be completed to a higher degree, and with greater efficiency.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team Ref-Rate from the University of KentPictured left: John-Henry Cooper ; Pictured right: Oliver Standeven

Watch the video to learn more about Ref-Rate.

Team Ref-Rate 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 20, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

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The Sixth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 16 – 22, 2015.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. 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.

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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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint