Virginia Community Economic Network and VT KnowledgeWorks Launch New Strategic Partnership

The Virginia Community Economic Network (VCEN) and VT KnowledgeWorks (VTKW) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership to improve the competitiveness of communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia and expand the visibility and availability of community and economic development resources across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Under the new arrangement, VTKW will provide staffing and operational support for VCEN, and VCEN’s Executive Director, Conaway Haskins will join the VTKW staff and continue to manage the nonprofit while assisting with the development and implementation of related VTKW projects and initiatives.

“We believe that this new relationship will provide additional stability and sustainability to VCEN. This is a win-win partnership as VCEN and VTKW have significant mission alignment, and it is a unique model for collaboration between nonprofit organizations and universities.” Says Jody Keenan, State Director of the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network and Chair of the VCEN Board of Directors. “We are eager to explore additional value-added initiatives with VTKW and our partners.”

VCEN is a statewide nonprofit convener, thought leader, and public voice for the creation and expansion of community economic opportunities throughout the Commonwealth. Founded in 2013, VCEN promotes innovative, creative and sustainable local entrepreneurship and economic development strategies that spur job creation, increase wealth-building, and enhance community vitality. In 2014, VCEN launched the highly-regarded SourceLink Virginia small business resource portal which provides aspiring and established entrepreneurs with free access to over 200 resource providers from across the Commonwealth.

VT KnowledgeWorks – a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center – 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. Through its Entrepreneurship Alliance and Global Partnership initiatives, VTKW assists communities, regions, and global universities in assessing and enriching their local entrepreneurial ecosystems.

“This new partnership helps VTKW fulfill its mission to foster pragmatic and well-integrated programs for innovative entrepreneurship and community vitality around Virginia,” says Jim Flowers, Executive Director VT KnowledgeWorks and a founding VCEN board member. “Working with VCEN will help us extend our outreach to regions around the state, and generate an increased return on investment for all of our supporters.”

The alliance between VCEN and VTKW will leverage the expansive, statewide footprint of Virginia Tech, Virginia’s leading research university and with one of the largest enrollments in the Commonwealth. Virginia Tech is just one of 361 universities to have achieved the prestigious “Community Engagement” classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The designation recognizes those institutions that have deeply employed partnerships with businesses and communities to solve mutually agreed-upon problems, not only contributing to the public good but also enriching scholarship and creating students who are imbued with a sense of civic responsibility.

“This is truly a unique opportunity to continue to move the needle on innovative community entrepreneurship and economic development efforts as we navigate the New Virginia Economy. This is a very exciting time for all of us, and the partnership with VTKW will help VCEN carry out its mission in all corners of Virginia.” says Conaway Haskins, VCEN’s Executive Director.

The new partnership is receiving significant support from Virginia Cooperative Extension (Extension) and Virginia Tech’s Office of Outreach and International Affairs (OIA). VCEN will be co-located with VCE and OIA at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center on Parham Road.

For more information on the partners, go to:

Virginia Community Economic Network: http://www.vcen.org

VT KnowledgeWorks: http://vtknowledgeworks.com

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

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: King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi

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

King Mongkut’s University of Technology ThonburiBangkok, Thailand

Business concept and description:

VisionearVisionear

Visionear is a wearable device designed to improve the quality of life for those who are visually impaired. Visionear combines product’s barcode reader, banknote detector, color detector, light detector and crowd-sourced information reader in a single, comprehensive device that can be used offline without an Internet connection or a smart phone.

 

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team Visionear from King Mongkut's University of Technology ThonburiPictured left to right, top: Nattaphat Laoharawee, Budsapanee Pongsiriyaporn
Pictured left to right, bottom: Nuntipat Narkthong, Gaywalee Laimloha

Watch the video to learn more about Visionear.


Team Visionear 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 King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, visit their Facebook.

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.

Register for These 2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Events

Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception 2014

REGISTER BY AUGUST 12th…

Tastes & 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! Enjoy live performances provided by The Wildmans and The Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers, as well as unique food from the Roanoke and New River Valleys and open bar catered by The Hotel Roanoke.

Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge
8:30 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! Stay tuned to the VT KnowledgeWorks blog to learn more about the finalists competing in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.

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.

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.

 

Announcing the 2015 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Judges

2015 VTKW, VT KnowledgeWorks global challenge trophyUniversity teams from around the world will be competing in the 2015 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 16-22, 2015.

The Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge will be held 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 may register here.

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

Eva Doss, President and CEO of The Launch Place
Jason Gabriel, Managing Director of Third Security
Carol Hamilton, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, James Madison University College of Business
Will Karbach, Chairman and CEO of The Branch Group, Inc.

Robert McAden, Site Leader for Rackspace in Blacksburg
Charles Pennington, President of TechLab, Inc.
Dr. Dan Sable, Founder and CEO of VPT, Inc.

Please see photos and read biographies of our Panel of Judges for the 2015 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Presentations. (.pdf).

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: TELECOM SudParis

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

TELECOM SudParis – Evry, France

Business concept and description:

UAVIA, the Internet of Drones

UAVIA designs cloud-controlled drones enabling remote operation of UAVs for aerial inspection and surveillance. We provide turnkey services from aerial data capture and cloud processing to automatic generation of reports. Our solutions enable low-cost, high-quality 24/7 monitoring for sensitive sites or day-by-day 3D terrain modeling for construction.

The company was founded May 20, 2015 with four members (only two members are participating in the 2015 VTKW Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge).

For more information about UAVIA, visit their website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and check out their LinkedIn.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team UAVIA from TELECOM SudParisPictured left to right: Clement and Pierre.

Watch the video to learn more about UAVIA.

Team UAVIA 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 TELECOM SudParis, 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: Ghent 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

Ghent University – Ghent, Belgium

Business concept and description:

Emergency Volunteer Application (EVapp)

EVapp, Emergency Volunteer Application, is a smartphone application that, in case of an emergency, mobilizes trained medical volunteers to overlap the time between the occurrence of emergencies and arrival of the emergency services. By doing so, we’re aiming to increase the survival chances of victims and provide a cost-effecient solution for governments and companies to improve health outcome.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team EVapp from University of GhentPictured left to right: Robin Ramael and Eva Degraeuwe.

Watch the video to learn more about EVapp.

 

Team EVapp 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 Ghent 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: Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)

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

Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) – Vienna, Austria

Business concept and description:

toothLAB

toothLAB wants to reinvent the toothbrush. Their device is adapted to the customers’ teeth. Once in a person’s mouth it cleans the teeth automatically and within 20 seconds the teeth are cleaned thoroughly.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team toothLAB from Vienna University of TechnologyPictured left to right: Tobias Rudel, Jakob Döller, Steffen Ries, Ella De Gaulejac, Valentin Schenkenfelder.

Watch the video to learn more about toothLAB.

 

Team toothLAB 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 Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), 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: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile – Santiago, Chile

Business concept and description:

SnackCharge

SnackCharge is a battery rental service that aims to solve the problem of phones running out of battery in public spaces. Batteries are delivered to the user through a network of vending machines and partner vendors.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team SnackCharge from Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChilePictured left to right: Vicente Muñoz, Felipe De la Fuente, Carlos Nazal, Fernando Gonzalez, Vicente Fuenzalida.

Watch the video to learn more about SnackCharge.

 

Team SnackCharge 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 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 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 San Francisco de Quito

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 San Francisco de Quito – Quito, Ecuador

Business concept and description:

LifeBooks

LifeBooks aims to help children learn basic pedagogical skills through interactive, virtual exercises within a physical book. This is made possible thanks to an augmented reality software we have developed. Visit us on www.welifebooks.com

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week Team LifeBooks from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)Pictured left to right: Richard Condor, CCO & Public Relations Director; Adrian Armijos, CEO & Tech Developer; Eduardo Guerrero, “The Lawyer”; Milca Borja, Operations Director.

Watch the video to learn more about LifeBooks.

 

Team LifeBooks 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 San Francisco de Quito, 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.

 

2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: SunTrust Bank

SunTrust Logo 2014SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation’s largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients.  As of March 31, 2015, SunTrust had total assets of $189.9 billion and total deposits of $144.4 billion.  Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The company also serves clients in selected markets nationally.  Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services.  Through its various subsidiaries, the company provides mortgage banking, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services.  SunTrust’s Internet address is suntrust.com.

Thank you, SunTrust Bank, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2015 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 and academic 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.

2014 Winners: The grand prize went to Team feelSpace of the University of Trento. Read more about the winning teams! Watch the 2014 Global Partnership Week video and read about the event publicity.

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.