Insider’s Guide to the 2014 E-Challenge

2014 VTKnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

VT KnowledgeWorks presents the 6th Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Be there at 11:30 to hear about regional funding sources for new ventures!

Event attendees will start the day observing entrepreneurs hoping to establish a new venture in Blacksburg using their Virginia Tech-owned technology. These entrepreneurs will compete for the $100,000 award of mentorship and business support services in the Tech Transfer Challenge:

  • Hydrokinetic Energy Systems – Gary Nave, Mark Stremler, Saikat Basu, and Tyler Michael. The proposed venture is aimed at commercializing a robust system for on-demand harvesting of clean, renewable energy from tides and rivers using a unique kilowatt-scale system for off-grid applications.
  • LIN System – Boris Vinatzer and Lenwood Heath. The LIN System revolutionizes classification, identification, and naming of life forms.
  • pheno-CHIP – Elliot McAllister, Dr. Rafael Davalos, and Steve Turner. pheno-CHIP is a pre-commercial cell identification platform.
  • P&P Coating – Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

2014 VTKW E-Challenge Step Up To The ChallengeIn the afternoon, these Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Challenge for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award:

  • DealAdder – Abhishek Dube. DealAdder is a new and innovative way for consumer-centric businesses to offer deals to their customers.
  • Detect-C – Siddhartha Roy. Detect-C is a dipstick (think, pregnancy tests) for rapid detection of cholera bacteria in water bodies used as drinking water sources by populations in 50 cholera-afflicted countries.
  • L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy – Alireza Borhani & Negar Kalantar. TOYwithJOY is a start-up toy company that aims to develop a line of hand-held educational toys.
  • Project OrganiCo - Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi & John Lucas. Project OrganiCo is an online marketplace providing an easy, convenient, and reliable way to purchase local products from Farmers Markets and Vendors around your area, and have them delivered directly to your door.
  • Vestigo – Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan & Jeff Morris. Vestigo uses a novel data collection system that takes advantage of inexpensive, high quality laser rangefinders in tandem with a mobile service – to provide a real time map of available parking.

For the first time at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, teams competing in the Student Business Concept Challenge will be eligible to win the People’s Choice award, where members of the audience will select their favorite team to win $5,000 in scholarships.

The cost to attend this full-day event including the competitions, luncheon, and reception is only $30 for students and $50 for everyone else. Or attend only the afternoon session for free, luncheon not included.

Win a Kindle Fire! All attendees will be entered into the raffle contest. Must be present to win. Raffle prize donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

Register online to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

For directions to the event, visit http://www.innatvirginiatech.com/about/directions/.

Can’t be there in person? Watch the Entrepreneurship Challenge online at: http://new.livestream.com/VTKnowledgeWorks/EntrepreneurshipChallenge.

Here’s how to watch!

1. Follow this link.

2. To join, click Login in the top right corner. It will guide you to a window where you may log in, or use either your email address or a Facebook account to join Livestream.

3. Once logged in, you may post comments in the Posts section or in Chat to offer constructive feedback and encourage teams while they present. If you were not automatically returned to the live streaming page, use the link in step one.

For more information, please contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext.3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP Funds, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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 Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Watch the Entrepreneurship Challenge Live!

2014 VTKnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

Cant’ be there in person? We’re streaming the Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge live from Blacksburg, Virginia, USA on Friday, April 18, 2014!

Here’s how to watch!2014 VTKW E-Challenge Step Up To The Challenge

1. Follow this link.

2. To join, click Login in the top right corner. It will guide you to a window where you may log in, or use either your email address or a Facebook account to join Livestream.

3. Once logged in, you may post comments in the Posts section or in Chat to offer constructive feedback and encourage teams while they present. If you were not automatically returned to the live streaming page, use the link in step one.

Tune in at 11:30 to hear about regional funding sources for new ventures!

In the morning, Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students, and/or alumni will compete for the $100,000 award of mentorship and business support services in the Tech Transfer Challenge:

  • Hydrokinetic Energy Systems – Gary Nave, Mark Stremler, Saikat Basu, and Tyler Michael. The proposed venture is aimed at commercializing a robust system for on-demand harvesting of clean, renewable energy from tides and rivers using a unique kilowatt-scale system for off-grid applications.
  • LIN System – Boris Vinatzer and Lenwood Heath. The LIN System revolutionizes classification, identification, and naming of life forms.
  • pheno-CHIP – Elliot McAllister, Dr. Rafael Davalos, and Steve Turner. pheno-CHIP is a pre-commercial cell identification platform.
  • P&P Coating – Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

In the afternoon, these Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Challenge for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award:

  • DealAdder – Abhishek Dube. DealAdder is a new and innovative way for consumer-centric businesses to offer deals to their customers.
  • Detect-C – Siddhartha Roy. Detect-C is a dipstick (think, pregnancy tests) for rapid detection of cholera bacteria in water bodies used as drinking water sources by populations in 50 cholera-afflicted countries.
  • L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy – Alireza Borhani & Negar Kalantar. TOYwithJOY is a start-up toy company that aims to develop a line of hand-held educational toys.
  • Project OrganiCo - Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi & John Lucas. Project OrganiCo is an online marketplace providing an easy, convenient, and reliable way to purchase local products from Farmers Markets and Vendors around your area, and have them delivered directly to your door.
  • Vestigo – Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan & Jeff Morris. Vestigo uses a novel data collection system that takes advantage of inexpensive, high quality laser rangefinders in tandem with a mobile service – to provide a real time map of available parking.

For the first time at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, teams competing in the Student Business Concept Challenge will be eligible to win the People’s Choice award, where members of the audience will select their favorite team to win $5,000 in scholarships.

For more information, please contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext.3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP Funds, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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 Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Entrepreneurship Challenge Teams Showcase

2014 VTKnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge is taking place on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Event attendees will start the day observing entrepreneurs hoping to establish a new venture in Blacksburg using their Virginia Tech-owned technology. These entrepreneurs will compete for the $100,000 award of mentorship and business support services in the Tech Transfer Challenge:

  • Hydrokinetic Energy Systems – Gary Nave, Mark Stremler, Saikat Basu, and Tyler Michael. The proposed venture is aimed at commercializing a robust system for on-demand harvesting of clean, renewable energy from tides and rivers using a unique kilowatt-scale system for off-grid applications.
  • LIN System – Boris Vinatzer and Lenwood Heath. The LIN System revolutionizes classification, identification, and naming of life forms.
  • pheno-CHIP – Elliot McAllister, Dr. Rafael Davalos, and Steve Turner. pheno-CHIP is a pre-commercial cell identification platform.
  • P&P Coating – Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

2014 VTKW E-Challenge Step Up To The ChallengeIn the afternoon, these Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Challenge for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award:

  • DealAdder – Abhishek Dube. DealAdder is a new and innovative way for consumer-centric businesses to offer deals to their customers.
  • Detect-C – Siddhartha Roy. Detect-C is a dipstick (think, pregnancy tests) for rapid detection of cholera bacteria in water bodies used as drinking water sources by populations in 50 cholera-afflicted countries.
  • L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy – Alireza Borhani & Negar Kalantar. TOYwithJOY is a start-up toy company that aims to develop a line of hand-held educational toys.
  • Project OrganiCo - Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi & John Lucas. Project OrganiCo is an online marketplace providing an easy, convenient, and reliable way to purchase local products from Farmers Markets and Vendors around your area, and have them delivered directly to your door.
  • Vestigo – Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan & Jeff Morris. Vestigo uses a novel data collection system that takes advantage of inexpensive, high quality laser rangefinders in tandem with a mobile service – to provide a real time map of available parking.

For the first time at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, teams competing in the Student Business Concept Challenge will be eligible to win the People’s Choice award, where members of the audience will select their favorite team to win $5,000 in scholarships.

The cost to attend this full-day event including the competitions, luncheon, and reception is only $30 for students and $50 for everyone else. Or attend only the afternoon session for free, luncheon not included.

Win a Kindle Fire! All attendees will be entered into the raffle contest. Must be present to win. Raffle prize donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

Register online to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

For more information, please contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext.3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP Funds, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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 Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Brown, Edwards and Company, LLP

Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP is a full-service accounting firm with seven locations in West Virginia and Virginia. The firm has enjoyed significant growth since its formation in 1967, thanks to an unwavering commitment to our clients to provide the highest quality professional services in the industry and the attention and responsiveness they deserve and have come to expect.

In 2013, the firm was recognized as the 116th largest public accounting firm in the United States by the award-winning newsletter, Inside Public Accounting, in their annual publication of the Top 200 Public Accounting Firms by gross revenue. The firm’s diverse clientele includes contractors, manufacturers, biotechnology companies, software development, healthcare providers, financial service providers, distributors, real estate developers, retailers/wholesalers, and not-for-profits. For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.BEcpas.com.

Accounting firm Brown Edwards

Left to right: Trang Nguyen, Kathy McDaniel, Mark Woolwine, Norman Liew, Dorcas Parks, and Jennifer Crickenberger

Thank you, Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2014 Global Partnership Week!

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 KnowledgeWorksVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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:

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 SystemsThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & Company, LLPCity of RoanokeFox 21/27G.J. Hopkins, Inc.Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupInteractive Achievement, Inc.Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLCMeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentNetVenturesNew River Valley Intellectual Property LawPhoenix Packaging OperationsRackspaceShentelStellarOne BankSunTrust Bank, TechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgTown of ChristiansburgVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVPT, IncWordsprint

Announcing the 2014 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.

Game Changers Challenge from VT KnowledgeWorks

Any aspiring entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team may enter. 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 Game Changers Challenge Guidelines (.pdf opens in new window/tab).

The deadline for the spring 2014 application submissions is May 9, 2014. Applications should be submitted to Christine Spalding, christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

The selection committee will review applications and VT KnowledgeWorks will communicate with applicants shortly thereafter. Awards will be announced in late May/early June, 2014.

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 are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc.BAE SystemsThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & CompanyCity of RoanokeFox 21/27G.J. Hopkins, Inc.Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupInteractive Achievement, Inc.Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLCMeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentNetVenturesNew River Valley Intellectual Property LawPhoenix Packaging OperationsRackspaceShentelStellarOne BankSunTrust Bank , TechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgTown of ChristiansburgVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVPT, IncWordsprint.

 

VTKW Sponsor Showcase: TechLab


TECHLAB®, Inc.
develops, manufactures, and distributes rapid non-invasive intestinal diagnostics in the areas of intestinal inflammation, antibiotic associated diarrhea and parasitology.

TechLab welcomes distributors from Germany and Austria

TechLab welcomes distributors from Germany and Austria.

From left to right: Mary Goodykoontz, TechLab; Dr. Steffi Becker, Alere Germany; Werner Uhl-Michelin, Alere Austria; Charlie Pennington, TechLab; David Wall, Techlab; Donna Link, Techlab; Dr. Willi Wegst, Alere Germany;
Dr. David Lyerly, TechLab

Thank you, TechLab, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2014 Global Partnership Week!

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 KnowledgeWorksVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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:

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 SystemsThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & CompanyCity of RoanokeFox 21/27G.J. Hopkins, Inc.Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupInteractive Achievement, Inc.Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLCMeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentNetVenturesNew River Valley Intellectual Property LawPhoenix Packaging OperationsRackspaceShentelStellarOne Bank, SunTrust BankTechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgTown of ChristiansburgVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVPT, IncWordsprint.

E-Challenge Sponsor Showcase – Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on the science and business of living systems through learning, discovery, and engagement. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives more than 3,400 students in a dozen academic departments a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. Students learn from the world’s leading agricultural and life scientists, who bring the latest science and technology into the classroom.

Ag Quad - Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The Ag Quad is a popular gathering spot for students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Thank you, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. for sponsoring the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge!

The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge is taking place on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Event attendees will start the day observing entrepreneurs hoping to establish a new venture in Blacksburg using their Virginia Tech-owned technology. Entrepreneurs will compete for the $100,000 award of mentorship and business support services in the Tech Transfer Challenge, including:

  • Hydrokinetic Energy Systems – Gary Nave, Mark Stremler, Saikat Basu, and Tyler Michael. The proposed venture is aimed at commercializing a robust system for on-demand harvesting of clean, renewable energy from tides and rivers using a unique kilowatt-scale system for off-grid applications.
  • LIN System – Boris Vinatzer and Lenwood Heath. The LIN System revolutionizes classification, identification, and naming of life forms.
  • pheno-CHIP – Elliot McAllister, Dr. Rafael Davalos, and Steve Turner. pheno-CHIP is a pre-commercial cell identification platform.
  • P&P Coating – Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

In the afternoon, Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Challenge for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award including:

  • DealAdder – Abhishek Dube
  • Detect-C – Siddhartha Roy
  • L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy – Alireza Borhani and Negar Kalantar
  • Project OrganiCo – Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi, and John Lucas
  • Vestigo – Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan, and Jeff Morris

For the first time at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, teams competing in the Student Business Concept Challenge will be eligible to win the People’s Choice award, where members of the audience will select their favorite team to win $5,000 in scholarships.

The cost to attend this full-day event including the competitions, luncheon, and reception is only $30 for students and $50 for everyone else. Or attend only the afternoon session for free, luncheon not included.

Win a Kindle Fire!  All attendees will be entered into the raffle contest.  Must be present to win.  Raffle prize donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

Register online to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

For more information, please contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext.3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP FundsVirginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life SciencesVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Office of the Vice President for ResearchVirginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through TwitterFacebook 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 SystemsThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & CompanyCity of RoanokeFox 21/27G.J. Hopkins, Inc.Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupInteractive Achievement, Inc.Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLCMeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentNetVenturesNew River Valley Intellectual Property LawPhoenix Packaging OperationsRackspaceShentelStellarOne Bank, SunTrust BankTechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgTown of ChristiansburgVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVPT, IncWordsprint.

E-Challenge Sponsor Showcase: Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs

The mission of Outreach and International Affairs is to share the best of Virginia Tech by working side by side with communities around the world. The division’s overarching goal is to achieve greater economic opportunity and social well-being for the world’s citizens by offering community partnerships, professional development, technical assistance, and economic-development aid. Outreach and International Affairs has a presence on five continents along with campuses throughout the commonwealth dedicated to professional, graduate and English-language training. In Blacksburg, Virginia, USA the division includes centers dedicated to economic development, language and culture, and continuing education.

Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs in Uganda

Maria Elisa Christie, left, who directs the Women in International Development program, works with women in Uganda.

Thank you, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, for sponsoring the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge!

The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge is taking place on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Event attendees will start the day observing entrepreneurs hoping to establish a new venture in Blacksburg using their Virginia Tech-owned technology. Entrepreneurs will compete for the $100,000 award of mentorship and business support services in the Tech Transfer Challenge, including:

  • Hydrokinetic Energy Systems – Gary Nave, Mark Stremler, Saikat Basu, and Tyler Michael. The proposed venture is aimed at commercializing a robust system for on-demand harvesting of clean, renewable energy from tides and rivers using a unique kilowatt-scale system for off-grid applications.
  • LIN System – Boris Vinatzer and Lenwood Heath. The LIN System revolutionizes classification, identification, and naming of life forms.
  • pheno-CHIP – Elliot McAllister, Dr. Rafael Davalos, and Steve Turner. pheno-CHIP is a pre-commercial cell identification platform.
  • P&P Coating – Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

In the afternoon, Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Challenge for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award including:

  • DealAdder – Abhishek Dube
  • Detect-C – Siddhartha Roy
  • L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy – Alireza Borhani and Negar Kalantar
  • Project OrganiCo – Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi, and John Lucas
  • Vestigo – Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan, and Jeff Morris

For the first time at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, teams competing in the Student Business Concept Challenge will be eligible to win the People’s Choice award, where members of the audience will select their favorite team to win $5,000 in scholarships.

The cost to attend this full-day event including the competitions, luncheon, and reception is only $30 for students and $50 for everyone else. Or attend only the afternoon session for free, luncheon not included.

Win a Kindle Fire!  All attendees will be entered into the raffle contest.  Must be present to win.  Raffle prize donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

Register online to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

For more information, please contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext.3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP FundsVirginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life SciencesVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Office of the Vice President for ResearchVirginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through TwitterFacebook 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 SystemsThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & CompanyCity of RoanokeFox 21/27G.J. Hopkins, Inc.Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupInteractive Achievement, Inc.Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLCMeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentNetVenturesNew River Valley Intellectual Property LawPhoenix Packaging OperationsRackspaceShentelStellarOne Bank, SunTrust BankTechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgTown of ChristiansburgVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVPT, IncWordsprint.

Entrepreneurship Challenge Sponsor Showcase: Pamplin College of Business

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech

Students work on a class project in the atrium of Pamplin Hall, which was recently renovated to give students more space to study and have informal interactions with each other and faculty.

Thank you, Pamplin College of Business, for sponsoring the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge!

The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge is taking place on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Event attendees will start the day observing entrepreneurs hoping to establish a new venture in Blacksburg using their Virginia Tech-owned technology. Entrepreneurs will compete for the $100,000 award of mentorship and business support services in the Tech Transfer Challenge, including:

  • Hydrokinetic Energy Systems – Gary Nave, Mark Stremler, Saikat Basu, and Tyler Michael. The proposed venture is aimed at commercializing a robust system for on-demand harvesting of clean, renewable energy from tides and rivers using a unique kilowatt-scale system for off-grid applications.
  • LIN System – Boris Vinatzer and Lenwood Heath. The LIN System revolutionizes classification, identification, and naming of life forms.
  • pheno-CHIP – Elliot McAllister, Dr. Rafael Davalos, and Steve Turner. pheno-CHIP is a pre-commercial cell identification platform.
  • P&P Coating – Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

In the afternoon, Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Challenge for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award including:

  • DealAdder – Abhishek Dube
  • Detect-C – Siddhartha Roy
  • L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy – Alireza Borhani and Negar Kalantar
  • Project OrganiCo – Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi, and John Lucas
  • Vestigo – Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan, and Jeff Morris

For the first time at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, teams competing in the Student Business Concept Challenge will be eligible to win the People’s Choice award, where members of the audience will select their favorite team to win $5,000 in scholarships.

The cost to attend this full-day event including the competitions, luncheon, and reception is only $30 for students and $50 for everyone else. Or attend only the afternoon session for free, luncheon not included.

Win a Kindle Fire!  All attendees will be entered into the raffle contest.  Must be present to win.  Raffle prize donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

Register online to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

For more information, please contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext.3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP FundsVirginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life SciencesVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Office for ResearchVirginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through TwitterFacebook 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 SystemsThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & CompanyCity of RoanokeFox 21/27G.J. Hopkins, Inc.Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupInteractive Achievement, Inc.Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLCMeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentNetVenturesNew River Valley Intellectual Property LawPhoenix Packaging OperationsRackspaceShentelStellarOne Bank, SunTrust BankTechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgTown of ChristiansburgVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVPT, IncWordsprint

Entrepreneurship Challenge Sponsor Showcase: CIT GAP Funds

Established in 2005 and organized as an operating division of the Center for Innovative Technology, a Virginia 501c(3), CIT GAP Funds places equity investments in Virginia’s high-growth potential science and technology-based companies. Underwritten by an annual appropriation from the Virginia General Assembly, CIT GAP Funds functions as a double-bottom-line investment fund focused on creating significant economic outcomes for entrepreneurs and co-investors, evergreen funding capacity for the Center for Innovative Technology and spill-over economic development benefits for the Commonwealth of Virginia. A leading early stage investor in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region, CIT GAP Funds is staffed by a seasoned venture investment team with a proven track record of rigorous due diligence, prudent capital deployment and sustained value creation and return realization from its investments in early stage technology companies. CIT GAP Funds typically deploys $100-200K in early stage transactions with limited follow-on investment capacity.

CIT GAP Funds Team

The CIT GAP Funds Team

Pictured left to right. Front row: Sean Mallon, Tom Weithman, Veronica Waters, Dan Henderson. Back row: Marco Rubin, Jen O’Daniel, Alex Euler, Dan Mindus

Thank you, CIT GAP Funds, for sponsoring the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge!

The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge is taking place on Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Event attendees will start the day observing entrepreneurs hoping to establish a new venture in Blacksburg using their Virginia Tech-owned technology. Entrepreneurs will compete for the $100,000 award of mentorship and business support services in the Tech Transfer Challenge, including:

  • Hydrokinetic Energy Systems – Gary Nave, Mark Stremler, Saikat Basu, and Tyler Michael. The proposed venture is aimed at commercializing a robust system for on-demand harvesting of clean, renewable energy from tides and rivers using a unique kilowatt-scale system for off-grid applications.
  • LIN System – Boris Vinatzer and Lenwood Heath. The LIN System revolutionizes classification, identification, and naming of life forms.
  • pheno-CHIP – Elliot McAllister, Dr. Rafael Davalos, and Steve Turner. pheno-CHIP is a pre-commercial cell identification platform.
  • P&P Coating – Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar. P&P Coating is a Virginia Tech spin-off formed around the patent pending technology platform of low-cost porous coatings completely made of earth-abundant metals.

In the afternoon, Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Challenge for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award including:

  • DealAdder – Abhishek Dube
  • Detect-C – Siddhartha Roy
  • L8 Magnetic/Kinetic Toy – Alireza Borhani and Negar Kalantar
  • Project OrganiCo – Steven Zimmerman, Sebastian Walker, Don Choi, and John Lucas
  • Vestigo – Joe Acanfora, Paul Feagan, and Jeff Morris

For the first time at the Entrepreneurship Challenge, teams competing in the Student Business Concept Challenge will be eligible to win the People’s Choice award, where members of the audience will select their favorite team to win $5,000 in scholarships.

The cost to attend this full-day event including the competitions, luncheon, and reception is only $30 for students and $50 for everyone else. Or attend only the afternoon session for free, luncheon not included.

Win a Kindle Fire!  All attendees will be entered into the raffle contest.  Must be present to win.  Raffle prize donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

Register online to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

For more information, please contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext.3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Entrepreneurship Challenge including CIT GAP Funds, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Office for Research, Virginia Tech Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through TwitterFacebook 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 SystemsThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & CompanyCity of RoanokeFox 21/27G.J. Hopkins, Inc.Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupInteractive Achievement, Inc.Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLCMeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentNetVenturesNew River Valley Intellectual Property LawPhoenix Packaging OperationsRackspaceShentelStellarOne Bank, SunTrust BankTechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgTown of ChristiansburgVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVPT, IncWordsprint