VTKW Entrepreneurship Opportunties in 2015

If you’re thinking of getting entrepreneurial in 2015, VTKW has several great opportunities to help you prepare!

Startup Chatup
Discuss your entrepreneurial aspirations with Jim Flowers on Friday mornings from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at CoffeeWorks.
1901 Innovation Drive, Suite 1100, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
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Startup Readiness Workshop
This session is FREE to all Virginia Tech graduate/undergraduate students, staff, and faculty who are interested in learning what it takes to start a new technology-based business. Also, get the details on how your innovation might win you $25,000! Lunch is included.
Noon – 4:00 p.m., February 6, 2015
ICTAS, Kelly Hall, Suite 310, Virginia Tech
325 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
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VT KnowledgeWorks Tech Transfer Challenge
The Tech Transfer Challenge awards $100,000 worth of mentorship and business support services to a winning team of Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students and/or alumni proposing to establish a new venture in Blacksburg, based on Virginia Tech-owned technology.
9:00 a.m. – Noon, March 19, 2015
VT KnowledgeWorks I building, Lakeview Conference Room
2200 Kraft Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
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VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals
Virginia Tech teams can compete to win $10,000 in scholarships and qualify to compete for $25,000 at the Global Student Challenge on August 20.
1:00 – 6:00 p.m., April 8, 2015
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, 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, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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UIU Link Achieves Donna Noble Incubator Client Award

UIU Link

UIU Link, a faculty-to-student-friendly Virginia-based company and a VT KnowledgeWorks member, was honored with the Donna Noble Incubator Client Award for 2014 at the Virginia Business Incubation Association’s (VBIA) annual conference on November 3. UIU Link serves as the national and international brokerage house for traditional online accredited higher educational courses from accredited non-profit and private colleges and universities. Through their proprietary platform, universities and their faculty have the ability to seek and enjoy additional revenue sources and enrollment enrichment by sharing their online classroom course seat availability to prospective students from other colleges or universities who may need a replacement course to continue towards their degree.

The VBIA Board of Directors established the Donna Noble Incubator Client Award in 2001 in honor of one of its founding board members, Donna Noble, who passed away on May 29, 2001, at the age of 36. As the marketing manager for Incubator AMERICA in Arlington, Virginia, Noble was dedicated to the incubation industry and to promoting entrepreneurship.

Other VT KnowledgeWorks alumni members who spoke at this year’s conference included Michael Fleming, CEO of TORC Robotics and recipient of the 2008 Donna Noble Incubator Client Award, as well as Nanci Hardwick, CEO of Aeroprobe. In light of this year’s conference theme, “Virginia Innovates,” both Fleming and Hardwick highlighted the innovative technology successes TORC Robotics and Aeroprobe have achieved respectively.

For more information about UIU Link, follow them on Twitter or visit their website.

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, 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, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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The Entrepreneur’s Workshop Presented by Ted Daniels

 

The Entrepreneur's Workshop Presented by Ted Daniels

AGENDA: “COME WITH QUESTIONS AND GET ANSWERS!”
Entrepreneurs must answer these questions:

  1. What’s your vision?
  2. What problem are you solving?
  3. What’s your go-to market strategy?
  4. Who are your customers?

Ted Daniels, Senior partner/Founder of E. Ted Daniels Associates, and Co-founder of Telequip Corporation, is presenting The Entrepreneur’s Workshop at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Highlights:

  • Knowing what the investor wants is how funding occurs.
  • Passion, focus, people: all venture capitalists must see this in every deal before they will invest.
  • Questions you need answered before you search for funding.
  • Discussions about how you created your start-up/late state start-up company evaluation: Why is that important to investors?
  • Re-claiming family or friends early equity funding. Why?
  • How do you attract new employees when you are short on working capital?
  • Do you understand what a start-up Financial ProForma looks like? And how investors look at them?
  • Intellectual property, patents and copyrights – do they contribute to the investor’s investment valuation? If so, why?
  • Why a table of contents in a business plan/offering document?

Early in his career, Ted co-founded Telequip Corporation and raised start-up capital, which developed and sold the first-of-its-kind electronic coin dispenser now used by many well known retail and fast food companies worldwide: McDonald’s, Kroger Companies (Albertsons, Ralphs and Stater Brothers), Wendy’s Restaurants and others. Telequip Corporation was sold in 2009 for $45 million.

Ted specializes in working with start-up entrepreneurs, senior executive development, start-ups, corporate expansions, raising capital, and individual and corporate coaching. For more information about Ted, visit his LinkedIn page or www.eteddanielsassociates.com.

The workshop will be held Monday, November 17, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Maroon Conference Room of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
2020 Kraft Dr., Suite 3090, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Attendance is $75 per person with a maximum of 30 participants. Please make checks out to “Ted Daniels,” and bring them with you to the workshop.

R.s.v.p. required: Please contact Jenna Stevens at (540)961-3600 or jenna.stevens@vtcrc.com by 8a.m. on November 17th to secure your spot!

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, 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, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Tales From the Startup Readiness Workshop

VT KnowledgeWorks Startup Readiness Workshop

Even in the early grogginesss of 8AM consciousness Jim Flowers seemed vibrant and alert as I entered the Startup Readiness Workshop. We were sitting in the Lakeview room of 2200 Kraft Drive, home of VT KnowledgeWorks. Just now it was also the home of a happy spread of Panera bagels, croissants, doughnuts, and coffee.

He struck up a conversation with us as we waited for everyone to arrive, and as soon as the last person was seated he was off into the world of the entrepreneur. Jim detailed all the qualities needed to be a successful entrepreneur, including the possession of just enough mysterious Moxie to keep a project moving forward.

He touched on Five Powerful Habits used by good managers, Four Fundamental Factors that govern startup success, all of the Moxie secrets, and the Strategic Essence of every successful business.

As if this weren’t enough, I found myself taking mental notes on Jim’s presentation style itself. A business pitch to investors is one of the more challenging sales pitches a person could make. You must own that pitch and practice it like a musician practices scales, so that like a musician you can improvise on that pitch and phrase it to suit the audience. Jim’s animated interaction with his audience certainly had all the ease of long practice.

I feel poised after the Startup Readiness Workshop, bolstered by the basics of entrepreneurship and ready to spring forward into the next great idea. In fact I’m personally looking forward to the 2014 Tech Entrepreneurship Conference and Pitch Contest. The contest represents a great chance to observe pitches and feedback before I make my own pitch to investors. If you’re interested, apply here by October 10.

The next Startup Readiness Workshop will be hosted on Virginia Tech campus, and is gloriously free to all Virginia Tech Students, Staff, and Faculty. And in case you aren’t an early bird you may be pleased to hear that this one runs from noon to 4PM. Best of all, lunch will be provided.

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This post is a first-hand account of the Startup Readiness Workshop written by Laurel Sindewald, freelance writer and researcher for Rural System, Inc. and Handshake Media, Inc., and site manager for Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, 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, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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From Concept to Funding: How to Attract Angel or Venture Capital Backing

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On November 10, 2014 Greg Feldmann, president of Skyline Capital Strategies, LLC and senior advisor of The Launch Place‘s Seed Fund, will be answering four important questions on how to raise equity financing:

  • What does the entrepreneur need to do to prepare for capital raising?
  • What does the process entail and how long will it take?
  • What are the key terms to negotiate?
  • What should entrepreneurs look for in a capital partner?

The event will take place from 9 to 10am at CoLab: 1327 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24015. Continental breakfast included! Register now for free!

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This event is provided in cooperation with VT KnowledgeWorks and Tech Center.

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, 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, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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VTKW Announces Fall 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.

VTKW Game Changers Challenge

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 guidelines available on the VT KnowledgeWorks website. The deadline for the fall 2014 application submissions is October 31, 2014. Applications should be submitted to christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com. The selection committee will review applications and VT KnowledgeWorks will communicate with applicants shortly thereafter. Awards will be announced in November.

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

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VT KnowledgeWorks 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, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, 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, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Announcing the Tech Entrepreneurship Conference Pitch Contest

Tech Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition

Are you ready to pitch your business to investors? Are you ready to pitch your business for a significant cash prize? Get ready to do both and apply here. The deadline for application is October 10. Participants will pitch for 10 minutes on October 17 in a screening process for the final 6 slots to be in the #TEC2014 Pitch Session which takes place on November 15.

Whether your business is pre-launch, already operating, or relatively mature, our panel of successful entrepreneurs and potential investors will give you solid feedback, plus the opportunity to make important networking connections. And the best pitch wins $2,500!

Learn More | Apply Now

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

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VT KnowledgeWorks 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, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, 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, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Startup Readiness Workshop at Virginia Tech

VT KnowledgeWorks is holding a Startup Readiness Workshop on Friday, October 24 on the Virginia Tech campus from 12-4PM. This workshop helps prospective entrepreneurs test the strategic essence of their business concept, tighten up on managerial focus, and review the overall business start-up process.

Also, get the details on how your innovation might win you $25,000 by participating in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge – VT Semifinals.

VT KnowledgeWorks Startup Readiness Workshop

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’ll learn…

  • The Four Fundamental Factors that govern startup success
  • The Strategic Essence of every successful business
  • Five Powerful Habits used by good managers
  • The power of full Commitment
  • How the Money really moves around
  • The MOXIE secrets
    • What it is
    • Why you need it
    • Where it comes from

This event is free to all Virginia Tech students, staff, and faculty!

register

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 Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, 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, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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Global Partnership Week Alumni Opportunities

VTKW Global Partnership WeekVT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week held on August 17-23, 2014, provided a unique opportunity for student teams and faculty from all over the world to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition. During this week-long celebration, over 35 global students and faculty members from 12 universities around the world visited the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Three finalist teams were awarded $35,000 collectively in cash prizes to encourage their entrepreneurial endeavors, plus over 250 regional participants were involved or supported the event, including 12 regional technology companies, 18 host families, and 29 sponsors, just to name a few.

Opportunities for the participating teams don’t end with the competition, however. VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to offer further benefits to Global Partnership Week participants.

As an event alumni, contact the VT KnowledgeWorks staff at info@vtkwglobal.com with news to share about your team and/or company successes to feature in the Global Partnership Alumni e-Newsletter.

VT KnowledgeWorks and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center offer all student teams that participated in the 2014 Global Partnership Week free summer work space (beginning June to mid-August 2015) in our research park! Contact the VT KnowledgeWorks staff at info@vtkwglobal.com to make your reservation. Open work space and wi-fi will be available for those teams interested in continuing to work on their concepts and pursuing them as businesses. The teams will be responsible for making their own personal arrangements for the summer but we would be delighted to offer you a home for your business in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center!

Testimonial from the $25,000 Grand Prize Winner, Team feelSpace from the University of Trento, Italy, including Leonardo Stenico, Galena Kostoska, Alberto Parrella, and Julia Wache:

“This event not only educated us from a business standpoint but it was a special cultural experience. Being hosted by local families gave us insights about the culture and we significantly enjoyed our time with them… It was a great opportunity to broaden our business and personal networks in this wonderful, positive atmosphere.” Read more testimonials here.

For more insights into VT KnowledgeWorks Fifth Annual Global Partnership Week, watch this video produced by Virginia Tech’s Outreach & International Affairs.

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, 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, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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VT KnowledgeWorks Announces Entrepreneur Workshop in Blacksburg

VT KnowledgeWorks is hosting a Startup Readiness Workshop on Thursday, October 2, in Blacksburg, Virginia. This half-day workshop at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center helps prospective entrepreneurs test the strategic essence of their business concept, tighten up on managerial focus, and review the overall business start-up process.

VTKW Startup Readiness Workshop

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’ll learn…

  • The Four Fundamental Factors that govern startup success
  • The Strategic Essence of every successful business
  • Five Powerful Habits used by good managers
  • The power of full Commitment
  • How the Money really moves around
  • The MOXIE secrets
    • What it is
    • Why you need it
    • Where it comes from

What it costs…Much less than a failed launch. Register online for $20 at www.vtknowledgeworks.com.

register

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 Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, 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, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

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