2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: VT Corporate Research Center

Established in 1985, the 230-acre Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) boasts more than 31 buildings with over 2,700 employees and is home to more than 160 private companies and research centers. The VTCRC is owned and managed by the Virginia Tech Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit non-stock corporation established in 1948. The VTCRC strives to develop a growing, prestigious research
park for high-technology companies and in collaboration with the university, advance the research, educational and technology transfer missions of Virginia Tech.

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At the VT KnowledgeWorks Building in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, student teams from all over the world, who previously attended the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, have the opportunity to obtain free summer work space to pursue their business concepts.

Thank you, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, 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 First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

VTKW Member CELLINK Develops First Ever Bioink

First Ever Bioink For Production of Human Cartilage and Seeding of Human Chondrocytes
A version of this post originally appeared on 3dprinting.com.

Cellink Develops First Bioink

In Gothenburg, Sweden, a small start-up lead by two young entrepreneurs (Erik Gatenholm & Ivan Tournier) is taking a revolutionary step in the bioprinting field.  The start-up: CELLINK has developed the first universal bioink that has optimal biocompatibility and printing fidelity allowing the printing of complex structure with ease.  Their goal is to reduce the time universities and pharmaceutical companies around the world are spending trying to produce realistic human tissue models by developing their own suitable bioinks for their newly acquired 3D bioprinter.

In order to achieve this goal, the start-up releases world’s first 3D Bioprinting “Start-ink” kit, specifically aimed at decreasing printing time while also simplifying the entire bioprinting method.  Up until today, the standard bioprinting method has involved the use of dual printerheads –one for the bioink and the other one for the cells- or a post-seeding technique –where cells are added after the printing is completed-.  The “Start-ink” kit allows the researcher to mix the cells together with the bioink and print everything at once.

On the 25th of March 2015, members of the CELLINK team published their first paper in the Biomacromolecules journal on 3D bioprinting of human cartilage tissue through the combination of CELLINK with nasoseptal chondrocytes (hNC).  The bioink used is a nanocellulose based hydrogel that offers structurally similar properties to extracellular matrix. In the case of chondrocytes, proliferation and collagen type II was seen after 21 days of culturing.  Once the printed structure is crosslinked, it is very easy to handle and resistant to shocks and mechanical forces, which makes it a very realistic testing platform.

The next step is to optimize CELLINK for bioprinting of a wide range of other human tissue models such as skin for cosmetology application, bone, and liver for drug discovery.

If you are in Boston, MA, on the 8 & 9th July for 3D-Printing in Life sciences Conference or the 8-11th September at TERMIS WORLD CONGRESS, come say hello to the team!

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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 First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsor Showcase: Plastics One Inc.

2015 VTKW Sponsor: Plastics One Inc.

Plastics One has been partnering directly with OEMs worldwide since 1949 by working together to provide solutions to industry needs.

As an ISO 13485 and 9001 certified full-service medical component manufacturer the focus is on designing and building custom cable and connector assemblies with unique design requirements. The engineers and R&D teams are hands on, and ready to help bring ideas to life – we make things happen.

The facility encompasses over 85,000 square feet and offers in-house design engineering, research and development, a state of the art toolroom, diverse plastic injection molding, assembly and packaging services. The quality management system subjects products to rigorous inspection before they are shipped to the customer. Plastics One also has nine ISO Class 8, 100,000 Cleanrooms with two ISO Class 7, 10,000 Cleanrooms which are utilized for molding, assembly and packaging parts for the medical device industry.

Thank you, Plastics One Inc., for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2015 Global Partnership Week!

A $25,000 grant from Plastics One Inc. will provide a $10,000 scholarship stipend to the most outstanding tangible product at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals in April, as well as a $15,000 cash award at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge in August, again for the most outstanding tangible product concept.

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 First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

Free Startup Readiness Workshop at The CoLab

VT KnowledgeWorks is giving a Startup Readiness Workshop Thursday, June 11th at the CoLab from 1-5PM. The CoLab is located at 1327 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24015.

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.

Startup Readiness Workshop brought to you by VT KnowledgeWorks and CoLab.

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

And the best part? This event is free.

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.

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 First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Wordsprint

Wordsprint

Wordsprint is a regional marketing services provider with in-house design, print, and mail capabilities, specializing in multi-channel advertising campaigns for area businesses, and fundraising drives for non-profit organizations. With a new office in the Corporate Research Center at Virginia Tech, Wordsprint now employs 19 people in its Virginia locations, and utilizes state-of-the-art database management with variable data printing technology to target specific demographic markets. Wordsprint has won numerous awards as one of the best-managed companies in the United States, including a 2012 Platinum RAVE Award for the best customer service in the entire marketing/printing/mailing industry.

Thank you, Wordsprint, 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 First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

We Invite You to Serve as a 2015 Global Host Family

We invite residents of the New River Valley to become a host family for the 2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week!

UofTrento_Host_FamilyPictured: University of Trento team feelSpace at the 2014 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Awards Banquet with their host families.
Hosts John and Sue Muffo are pictured on the far left, and hosts Mary Pettitt and her daughter, Sarah St. Jean are on the far right.

VT KnowledgeWorks invites you to be a host family for this year’s Global Partnership Week, August 16-22, 2015. Rounding up enough host families for our group of eager, global university students seems to be the most challenging component each year, so we would appreciate you joining our team of hosts or referring us to others who may be interested.

Each day our global guests are tied up in various activities and events that we plan for them, so we mostly need hosts to provide lodging, some meals (like breakfast every morning), and transportation assistance in the mornings and evenings.  In return, we invite hosts to some of our celebratory meals throughout the week and a chance to win a Hotel Roanoke overnight stay with meals.

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.  The Student Track celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy by means of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for students to compete globally for a $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks trophy.  While in Blacksburg, the teams are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, enjoy fellowship with Virginia Tech students, and attend a formal awards banquet.

Here are the details about being a host family, Sunday, August 16 – Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Let us know you will be a global host family!

Here’s a first look at the schedule of events for the 2015 Global Partnership Week.

For more information about being a host family, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, VT KnowledgeWorks, leversole@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 First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department

The Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department is a local government agency dedicated to serving the residents and businesses of Montgomery County, Virginia. The Department works with its many partners and allies to support the startup, retention and expansion of companies in Montgomery County – including Blacksburg and Christiansburg – as well as to attract new targeted industries to the community.

Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department

Left to right: Brian Hamilton, Economic Development Director; Brenda Rigney, Project Manager, Existing Business; Charlie Jewell, Project Manager, Business Attraction & Marketing.

Thank you, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, 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 First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

NRCC to Offer Entrepreneurship Workshop in May

A new offering entitled “The Entrepreneurship Option” will be held on Tuesday, May 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at New River Community College’s New River Valley Mall site in Christiansburg.

This workshop will help participants understand what it takes to embark on the entrepreneurship path and is open to anyone considering starting their own business.

Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks, will conduct the workshop.  Through VT KnowledgeWorks, Flowers regularly conducts workshops and counsels new businesses.  In “The Entrepreneurship Option,” he’ll share his knowledge and experience on a variety of topics including things to consider before starting a business, common misconceptions about small businesses and fundamental characteristics shared by successful entrepreneurs.

Flowers will also offer individualized attention to answer questions and advise attendees of the session.

The cost will be $10.

For more information including how to register, contact the New River Community College Office of Workforce Development at 540-674-3617.

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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 First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Brown Edwards

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsor Brown Edwards
Brown Edwards
is a full-service accounting firm with seven locations in West Virginia and Virginia. The firm has enjoyed significant growth since its formation in 1967, thanks to an unwavering commitment to our clients to provide the highest quality professional services in the industry and the attention and responsiveness they deserve and have come to expect.

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

Thank you, Brown Edwards, 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 First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

Watch the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Video

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VT KnowledgeWorks hosted its seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 8.  The Challenge provided a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders.

Virginia Tech student teams competed for $15,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage next August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Award.  Additionally, members of the audience selected their favorite team to win the People’s Choice award of $5,000 in scholarships.

Watch the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals video below, produced by Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs!

 

The winners of the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals are featured here.

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

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals including Plastics One Inc., the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, 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

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 First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint