Attend the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

VTKW Global Challenge SemifinalsVT KnowledgeWorks will host its 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on March 30th at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders.

 Watch as Virginia Tech student teams present their business concepts before a judging panel and live audience and are awarded these amazing prizes:

  • $5,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
  • $5,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
  • $10,000 – An additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
  • $5,000 – People’s Choice Award sponsored byVirginia Tech Pamplin College of Business

Winning student teams will also have the opportunity to compete on a world stage next August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Award.

New this year:

Teams chosen as semifinalists for the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals and consisting only of undergraduate students will also be entered into the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize competition. These teams will deliver a 3-minute pitch in Blacksburg on March 3.

The winning team will represent Virginia Tech in Atlanta on April 6 in a “Shark Tank”-style pitch competition, competing for cash prizes against the best of the ACC’s entrepreneurs before a live audience and panel of judges.

The competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at Virginia Tech. All participants must be full-time, registered students at Virginia Tech with an average team age of 27 years or less to participate and receive prizes if selected as a finalist team. Up to six finalist teams will be selected to present at the Challenge.

The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals contestant registration deadline is February 5, 2016. Attendee tickets are free and include access to the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, networking reception, and awards presentation. Register as a contestant or attendee online at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/gecsemifinals/2016/rules.

Businesses can get details about advertising during this event by contacting Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext. 3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsors include Plastics One Inc. and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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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 GroupAutomation Creations, Inc.BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc.MeridiumNational Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Announcing VT KnowledgeWorks Pathways to Innovation

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce a new service to researchers, both inside and outside Virginia Tech.  “Pathways to Innovation” offers private, candid conversations with the new VT KnowledgeWorks Innovator-in-Residence, Kevin Passarello, about the opportunities for translating their specific scientific developments into successful commercial products.  Virginia Tech scientists and engineers can request a date with Kevin by submitting a one-page abstract and selecting a preferred meeting time during his regular visits to Blacksburg.

Kevin is currently Counsel to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Washington, DC.  http://www.bipc.com/Kevin-L-Passarello/.  He is a serial entrepreneur with experience encompassing emerging companies and technology transactions; corporate finance; venture capital and private equity; intellectual property and licensing; mergers and acquisitions; corporate law and governance; legislative and regulatory affairs; and not-for-profit organizations.  Before joining Buchanan, Kevin co-founded two venture-backed technology companies (in the enterprise software and mobile hardware markets–with investors including Microsoft, Sequoia Capital, Hg Capital, and Catterton Partners) with successful exits, as well as a $60 million private equity buyout fund with more than $300 million in M&A transactions.  He most recently co-founded a predictive analytics company in the medical space, based on research from the University of Virginia.  He has hands-on international business experience in Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.  Kevin is a 1986 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4ca4ad28a75-pathways.

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc.BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc.MeridiumNational Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Follow My Vote and WebRoots Democracy Release Secure Voting Report

WebRoots Democracy, in partnership with Follow My Vote and other industry leading experts, has released a report entitled “Secure Voting: A guide to secure #onlinevoting in elections.” The purpose of the report, which was written by global experts and authoritative academics, is to explore and document the possible security models for online voting software. “We think the use of blockchain technology could be the security breakthrough that makes online voting viable.” states Nathan Hourt, Co-Founder and CTO at Follow My Vote.

With the information provided in the report, governments around the world can now make informed decisions on how to move forward with modernizing their election processes. The Secure Voting report was preceded by the WebRoots Democracy report, Viral Voting. The following companies and people contributed to the WebRoots Democracy Secure Voting report: Follow My Vote, Verizon, Dr. Kevin Curran, Professor Robert Krimmer, Scytl, Smartmatic, Everyone Counts, Electoral Reform Services, and Mi-Voice.

“We are humbled by the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in designing secure, opensource, end-to-end verifiable online voting software on a global level,” states Adam Kaleb Ernest, Co-Founder and CEO at Follow My Vote.

See the official Follow My Vote website for more information on the Secure Voting report: https://followmyvote.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.BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc.MeridiumNational Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Announcing the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to acknowledge and thank our 2016 sponsors who make possible the various programs and events we offer each year such as:

  • Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, awarding $25,000 in scholarships to Virginia Tech students, including the –
    • $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
    • $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
    • $10,000 awarded as an additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
    • $5,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business
  • Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, giving one student team from anywhere in the world $5,000 in air travel reimbursement for a chance to compete on a world stage at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge
  • Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, awarding $40,000 in cash prizes, including the –
    • $10,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
    • $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
    • $15,000 awarded as an additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
    • $5,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs
  • Innovation Challenge, providing $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
  • 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
  • The Entrepreneurship Option workshop, an interactive workshop to help one identify what it takes and what it means to be a true entrepreneur instead of an employee

Our generous 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors who make this all possible are:

Automation Creations, Inc.

BAE Systems

BB&T

The Branch Group, Inc.

Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP

Carilion Clinic

Celanese

CIT GAP Funds

City of Roanoke

First Bank & Trust Company

G.J. Hopkins, Inc.

Interactive Achievement, Inc.

Meridium

National Bank

New River Valley Intellectual Property Law

Plastics One Inc.

Rackspace

Shentel

SimulTV

SMBW

SunTrust Bank

TechLab

Third Security

Town of Blacksburg

Town of Christiansburg

Union Bank & Trust

Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs

VPT, Inc.

Wordsprint

Stay connected with us and the VT KnowledgeWorks events offered in 2016 at www.vtknowledgeworks.com/event/calendar.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals sponsors include Plastics One Inc. and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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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.

 

Announcing the 2016 VTKW Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary

VT KnowledgeWorks presents the second annual Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, where university teams from anywhere outside the U.S. have the opportunity to test the strategic essence of their business concept for a chance to compete on a world stage this August at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.  The Virtual Preliminary celebrates the energy and creativity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy, while encouraging them to develop their entrepreneurial ideas.

Preliminary contestants compete to earn up to $5,000 in air travel reimbursement to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Finals, August 11-20, 2016. The August finals begins with a two-day trip to Washington D.C., where student teams will sightsee at museums and monuments, participate in private tours, and enjoy celebratory meals.  The group then travels to Roanoke and Blacksburg, Virginia, August 14-20, where the winning team of the Virtual Preliminary will compete against other student teams from around the world for the $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks trophy. During this week-long celebration of entrepreneurship in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region, students are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, and enjoy fellowship with each other and with Virginia Tech students during festive meals and social gatherings.

For more information on the eligibility requirements, rules, and guidelines for the preliminary, go to www.vtkwglobal.com/2016/prelim. The first deadline requires institutions to submit an “intent to support” online registration by midnight EDT of March 4, 2016, committing that at least one student team from their university will participate in the Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary. Registration is free. After submissions are received, institutions will receive an electronic participation package of helpful resources to help teams maximize their chances of winning. Student teams will then submit a one-page summary of the business concept by following the one-page submission guidelines by midnight EDT of April 1, 2016.

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

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.BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.MeridiumNational Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Stateson Homes, Snyder & Associates Break Ground on Kipp’s Farm Community

Wednesday, November 18th, marked the culmination of years of planning as home builder Stateson Homes and real estate developer Snyder & Associates broke ground on the property that will be known as Kipp’s Farm. Snyder & Associates has had a vision for this property for several years, and the new partnership with Stateson Homes will make it a reality.

Kipp's Farm

Kipp’s Farm, located in Blacksburg, Virginia, will feature 60 estate home sites with gorgeous mountain views. This unique new community is conveniently located adjacent to Blacksburg High and Blacksburg Middle Schools, and connected via paved walking trails.  Just minutes from Virginia Tech, Lewis Gale Hospital, and the Corporate Research Center, Kipp’s Farm offers public utilities, walking trails, and community open space.

“Teaming up with Snyder & Associates has been a wonderful experience. Both of our companies take great pride in what we do,” said Stateson president Todd Robertson. “Kipp’s Farm will be the premier community in Blacksburg. There is no other community in the area that compares to it when you consider the convenience, the views, and the design of the neighborhood.”

Stateson Homes at Kipp’s Farms will include a variety of luxury floor plans, as well as the usual outstanding quality, distinctive designs and meticulous attention to detail associated with a Stateson home.

For more information about Kipp’s Farm, visit www.statesonhomes.com or email Todd Robertson at trobertson@statesonhomes.com.

About Stateson Homes

Started in 2011, Stateson Homes is a locally owned and operated home building company in Blacksburg, Va.  Along with communities in Blacksburg, Radford and Christiansburg, they offer a variety of homes to accommodate various lifestyle needs. Stateson Homes also understands the importance of value & customer service, striving to delivering a home that has superior value today and for years to come.

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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.BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.MeridiumNational Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

The Entrepreneurship Option: a FREE Workshop this February 5

VT KnowledgeWorks is giving a free workshop, The Entrepreneurship Option, Friday, February 5th, noon – 2:30 PM, at ICTAS, Kelly Hall, Suite 310, 325 Stranger Street, Virginia Tech Campus.

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

The Entrepreneurship Option free startup workshop by Virginia Tech and VT KnowledgeWorks

Special for Virginia Tech Students:
Get the details on how your innovation might win you up to $40,000 by participating in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals.

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

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

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

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

What you will study…

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

And the best part? This event is free, snacks or lunch included.

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

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

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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.BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.MeridiumNational Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

VT KnowledgeWorks Announces Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

On March 30, 2016, VT KnowledgeWorks will host its annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia. Virginia Tech student teams will compete for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award of $5,000, the $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service, and the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing and the Information Technology prizes will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $10,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge this August.

The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals contestant registration deadline is February 5, 2016. Attendee tickets are free and include access to the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, networking reception, and awards presentation. Register as a contestant or attendee online at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/gecsemifinals/2016/registration.

Businesses can get details about advertising during this event by contacting 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 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals including Plastics One Inc. and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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

Automation Creations, Inc.BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.MeridiumNational Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

The Launch Place’s Investment Company: Roobrik is Seeking Additional Testers

The Launch Place has invested $75,000 through its Pre-Seed Investment Fund into Roobrik, which builds online tools designed to help older adults and their families with some of the hardest decisions they will ever face: Is it Still Safe to Drive? Is it Time to Get Help? Is this Dementia?Roobrik_TimeToGetHelp_Laptop.081828

Roobrik’s newest tool, Is it Time to Get Help?, is designed for families who are noticing changes and trying to get a better understanding of their care needs and options. It takes about 4 minutes and provides personalized answers to these difficult questions.

This tool was just launched in October and Roobrik is seeking additional testers to help them refine their algorithms and user experience. If you are interested, and want to help one of The Launch Place’s investment portfolio companies here’s how you can help:

1. Using your desktop if possible, visit this link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2470591/Launch-Place
2. Answer one survey question, then click the link in the survey to launch the Roobrik tool.
3. Use the Roobrik tool (it takes about 5 minutes)
4. Return to the survey to answer 6 questions about your experiences using the tool.

Any information you share will be kept private and will not be used for any purposes other than improving the experience for families facing these decisions.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Eva Doss and The Launch Place team
Nate O’Keefe and the Roobrik team

Roobrik website: http://roobrik.comRoobrik-Logo

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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

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 VT KnowledgeWorks Innovation Challenge

The VT KnowledgeWorks Innovation Challenge is accepting applications through February 19, 2016. The Innovation Challenge is designed to accelerate innovative technology transfer from the university to the private sector.VT KnowledgeWorks Innovation Challenge 2016

The annual Innovation Challenge prize provides $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, Virginia, based on Virginia Tech-owned technology. Services are provided over a two-year period and include assistance in developing the overall business strategy as well as the presentations and plan documents needed for investor discussions and product launch. The venture receives complimentary membership in VT KnowledgeWorks for two years and key team members attend an Entrepreneurship Option workshop. In addition, the venture receives a 50% savings on one-year’s rent at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

A selection committee of successful regional entrepreneurs and investors will review the submissions and select the winner in mid-March.  In addition, several runner-up applications may be selected for modest business development support. The winner will be announced at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on March 30, 2016, at The Inn at Virginia Tech.

Instructions and guidelines on how to apply are available at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/2016/innovationchallenge.

Previous Innovation Challenge winners and runners up include:

  • VoltMed, employing irreversible electroporation technology for cancer and other treatments
  • NanoSpin, developing efficient, passive liquid cooling for electronic devices
  • Keraesthetics, developing keratin-based technology for both cosmetic and therapeutic applications
  • P&P Coating, applying its superhydrophobic metallic coating technology to a variety of industries including automotive, chemical, and electronics
  • phenoCHIP, developing circulating tumor cell separation technology
  • Consolidated Logic, developing electronic design automation tools for programmable logic devices

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Innovation Challenge including Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech’s Outreach & International Affairs, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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

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.