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.

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: Shentel

Shentel (Shenandoah Telecommunications Company) is a holding company that provides a broad range of telecommunications services through its operating subsidiaries.
Shentel - Shenandoah Telecommunications Company

The Company is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “SHEN.” The Company’s operating subsidiaries provide local and long distance telephone, Internet and data services, cable television, wireless voice and data services, alarm monitoring, and telecommunications equipment, along with many other associated solutions in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

Thank you, Shentel, 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

2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: City of Roanoke, Virginia

The City of Roanoke, Virginia is rich in history, community spirit, and natural beauty. With a population of almost 99,000, you will find an incomparable mix of urban sophistication and down-home charm in our city. A six-time All-America City and the largest city on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke has an impressive array of arts, outdoor opportunities, and cultural amenities as well as an aggressive economic strategy to attract business development.

City of Roanoke, Virginia

Thank you, City of Roanoke, Virginia, 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

Testimonial about the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

CARmunity VTKW Global Partnership winner 2012
Team CARmunity from the 2012 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Hear from Alice Batts, a student of UTS: BUiLD (Beyond UTS International Leadership Development) at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, regarding her experiences at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.  Alice’s team, CARmunity, received one of the $5,000 runner-up prizes at the 2012 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. The business concept they presented at the Challenge was a revolutionary smart phone app that aimed to create an environmentally focused culture by helping to reduce carbon emissions caused by vehicles and to save its users money by sharing the cost of commuting.

The video was produced and provided by UTS: BUiLD (Beyond UTS International Leadership Development).

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

Announcing the Spring 2015 Game Changers Challenge

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the Game Changers Challenge, an opportunity for one entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team to qualify for a $25,000 “Running Start” loan plus a package of free startup assistance services.  Solid runners-up may also qualify for free startup assistance.

VTKW Game Changers Challenge

Any aspiring entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team may enter.  The challenge is open to all who meet the following criteria:

  • The product or service to be provided by the venture must either be consumed (not simply re-marketed) by another business, or be integrated into a more complex end-product for downstream sale.
  • The targeted buyers must constitute a relatively narrow demographic niche that can be addressed with limited resources.
  • The proposed product or service must powerfully address some widely acknowledged niche need.
  • High leverage must be obtained by the $25,000 (not just the first $25,000 out of a $1M needed for launch, for instance).
  • The entrepreneurial team must be able to fill the technology leadership roles in the proposed venture.
  • The team must be committed to locating business operations in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
  • Any intellectual property related to the enterprise must be appropriately owned or licensed by the enterprise.

Finalists will be selected by VT KnowledgeWorks staff, and will then be invited to make a 15-minute presentation to the Running Start Committee on their proposed new ventures.  There will be no public events, nor will competing teams be allowed to attend each other’s presentations.  In the absence of a solid applicant, no loan will be made.  This is a qualifying process, not a contest.

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the guidelines available on the VT KnowledgeWorks website www.vtknowledgeworks.com.  The deadline for the spring 2015 application submissions is May 8, 2015.  Applications should be submitted to info@vtknowledgeworks.com. The selection committee will review applications and VT KnowledgeWorks will communicate with applicants shortly thereafter.  Awards will be announced in June.

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

VTKW Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Winners Announced

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.

The Challenge began with welcoming remarks by Dr. Joe Meredith, president of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC).  The VTCRC develops a growing, prestigious research park for high-technology companies.  In collaboration with Virginia Tech, the VTCRC advances the research, educational and technology transfer missions of the university.

Calbico

Left to right: Jeremy Boone and Ben Newman

The grand prize of $15,000 in scholarships was awarded to Calbico, which included team members Ben Newman and Jeremy Boone.  Their prize package included the $10,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product.  In addition to that, they were awarded another $5,000 in scholarship assistance and summer workspace at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.  The Calbico Channel Cleaning Tool is designed for cleaning hard to reach areas in semi-automatic rifles and pistols.  Calbico will also advance to the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge on August 20, 2015, where they will compete on a world stage as teams pitch their business ideas for a $25,000 grand prize.

Beyond Reality

Left to right: Jordan White and Ojas Mhetar

The $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service went to Beyond Reality, represented by Ojas Mhetar and Jordan White.  Beyond Reality is a cloud based platform to host and deliver lag free, high quality virtual reality content via the Internet to the end user.

Flow

Left to right: Megan Lorey, Kevin Aviles, Joselyn Martinez, Ryan Klavan, Joaquin Bur, and Gabriella Jacobsen

Audience members selected their favorite student team to win the People’s Choice award of $5,000 in scholarships, generously sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.  The winning team of the People’s Choice award was Flow, which included team members Kelvin Aviles, Joaquin Bur, Gabriella Jacobsen, Megan Lorey, Joselyn Martinez, and Ryan Klavan.  Flow, the modern sanitary product dispenser aimed at alleviating stress from needing emergency sanitary products.

Other teams that competed in the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals included Advanc3D Materials, Formy Interfaces, Orb, Ryde, and XSprintCT.

RDA

Team RDA: Peter Athanas, Ali Sohanghpurwala, Ryan Marlow, and Krzysztof Kepa

The 2015 Tech Transfer Challenge winner was formally announced at the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals networking reception and awards presentation.  The team of Ryan Marlow, Krzysztof Kepa, Ali Sohanghpurwala, and Peter Athanas was selected as the 2015 winner of the Tech Transfer Challenge.  They are developing the Rapid Design Assembly (RDA) technology to assist hardware engineers who target Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) in electronic designs.  They are currently part of the Configurable Computing Laboratory at Virginia Tech, within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  FPGAs are integrated circuits designed to be configured and reconfigured by the designer after manufacture; they are used extensively in networking, communications, automotive, and aerospace applications.  The current FPGA configuration process is both complicated and time consuming, and their tool, RDA, provides a solution to both of these issues.

RDA receives $100,000 worth of mentorship and business support services over a two-year period, including assistance in developing the overall business strategy as well as the presentations and plan documents needed for investor discussions and product launch.

The Tech Transfer Challenge provides an opportunity for Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students and/or alumni proposing to establish a new venture in Blacksburg, a chance to accelerate their innovative technology transfer from the university to the private sector.

“Congratulations to our winners.  They have exciting prospects, both personally and professionally.  But, just as important, the overall competition was outstanding.  According to our judges, and based on follow-up inquiries by local investors and entrepreneurs, we have possibly identified as many as half a dozen viable startups for our region.” – Jim Flowers, Executive Director, VT KnowledgeWorks

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., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

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: G.J. Hopkins, Inc.


G.J. Hopkins, Inc.
is a 100% employee-owned mechanical, electrical, plumbing and service contracting firm in Roanoke, Virginia. We take in pride in providing our customers with consistent top quality service by using the latest equipment, techniques and technology.

Thank you, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., 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

Register by Friday to Attend the VTKW Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

2014 VTKW E-Challenge Step Up To The ChallengeRegistration ends Friday, April 3, for the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals.

Register for free today!

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The Semifinals take place at The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Agenda:

12:30: Registration

1:00: Welcoming Remarks by Joe Meredith, President of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

1:15: Orb (Cody Short): Orb integrates water flavor enhancers into the lid of a reusable water bottle helping its users develop a healthier life by altering their drinking habits.

1:37: Flow (Kelvin Aviles, Joaquin Bur, Gabriella Jacobsen, Megan Lorey, Joselyn Martinez, and Ryan Klavan): Flow, the modern sanitary product dispenser aimed at alleviating stress from needing emergency sanitary products. Designed with the consumer in mind, Flow will contain a higher quality product to make the dispensers profitable, and offer a better customer service.

1:59: XSprintCT (Hao Gong): A carbon-nanotube (CNT) based multi-source micro-focus computed tomography (micro-CT) is proposed for low-radiation-dose and high-quality preclinical imaging. This next-generation micro-CT technology will enable longitudinal, non-invasive, and three-dimensional small animal studies for preclinical researchers.

2:21: Ryde (Blake Duncan and Neil Hartman): Ryde is a mobile application that facilitates college fraternities in delivering their designated driver service.

2:43: Break

3:00: Formy Interfaces (Sky Van Iderstine, Bruce Ayliff, Walker Sensabaugh, Jared Deane, Giancarlo Di Biase, and Tyler Campbell): Formy Interfaces is using additive manufacturing to create custom grips for hand-operated products that enable customers to personalize their most prized possessions in a way that was impossible until now.

3:22: Beyond Reality (Ojas Mhetar and Jordan White): A cloud based platform to host and deliver lag free, high quality virtual reality content via the Internet to the end user.

3:44: Calbico (Ben Newman and Jeremy Boone): The Calbico Channel Cleaning Tool is designed for cleaning hard to reach areas in semi-automatic rifles and pistols. Our cleaning tool cuts down on waste, provides a more thorough clean, and decreases the average cleaning time by forty percent.

4:06: Advanc3D Materials (Nicholas A. Chartrain, Alison R. Schultz, and Justin M. Sirrine): The development of new materials for Additive Manufacturing is required for the successful fabrication of customized orthotic inserts. Advanc3D Materials offers new photo-curable polyurethanes in order to comfortably balance strength and flexibility for each individual’s orthotic need.

4:30: Networking Reception and Awards Presentation

This year’s prizes include:

  • $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
  • $5,000 – 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 by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business

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

For more details about this event, visit our website at www.vtknowledgeworks.com or contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext. 3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

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: New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, PC

NRV IP LAW_Michele L  Mayberry EsqMichele L. Mayberry, Esq.

nrviplawlogoIntellectual Property (IP) Law is All We Do.

New River Valley IP Law, PC provides intellectual property procurement services for clients seeking to protect their innovations, minimize risk associated with using those innovations, and maximize revenue generated from commercial embodiments of their patent-pending or patented processes and products.

Legal and industry experience as well as quality credentials are important, and we have both, but our internal collegiality and teamwork makes us unique.

Our legal team capitalizes on our individual strengths to provide each of our clients the highest level of service in an individualized and dependable manner.

New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, PC is located at 1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 2200, Blacksburg, VA 24060.

Contact them at (540)605-8070 or visit their website at http://nrviplaw.com/.

Thank you, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, PC, 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 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Finalists Announced

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the finalist teams chosen to present their business concepts at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, taking place on Wednesday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

VTKW Global Challenge Semifinals

The eight Virginia Tech student teams competing for the grand prize include:

  • Advanc3D Materials
    Nicholas A. Chartrain, Alison R. Schultz, and Justin M. Sirrine

    The development of new materials for Additive Manufacturing is required for the successful fabrication of customized orthotic inserts. Advanc3D Materials offers new photo-curable polyurethanes in order to comfortably balance strength and flexibility for each individual’s orthotic need.

  • Beyond Reality
    Ojas Mhetar and Jordan White

    A cloud based platform to host and deliver lag free, high quality virtual reality content via the Internet to the end user.

  • Calbico
    Ben Newman and Jeremy Boone

    The Calbico Channel Cleaning Tool is designed for cleaning hard to reach areas in semi-automatic rifles and pistols. Our cleaning tool cuts down on waste, provides a more thorough clean, and decreases the average cleaning time by forty percent.

  • Flow
    Kelvin Aviles, Joaquin Bur, Gabriella Jacobsen, Megan Lorey, Joselyn Martinez, and Ryan Klavan

    Flow, the modern sanitary product dispenser aimed at alleviating stress from needing emergency sanitary products. Designed with the consumer in mind, Flow will contain a higher quality product to make the dispensers profitable, and offer a better customer service.

  • Formy Interfaces
    Sky Van Iderstine, Bruce Ayliff, Walker Sensabaugh, Jared Deane, Giancarlo Di Biase, and Tyler Campbell

    Formy Interfaces is using additive manufacturing to create custom grips for hand-operated products that enable customers to personalize their most prized possessions in a way that was impossible until now.

  • Orb
    Cody Short

    Orb integrates water flavor enhancers into the lid of a reusable water bottle helping its users develop a healthier life by altering their drinking habits.

  • Ryde
    Blake Duncan and Neil Hartman

    Ryde is a mobile application that facilitates college fraternities in delivering their designated driver service.

  • XSprintCT
    Hao Gong

    A carbon-nanotube (CNT) based multi-source micro-focus computed tomography (micro-CT) is proposed for low-radiation-dose and high-quality preclinical imaging. This next-generation micro-CT technology will enable longitudinal, non-invasive, and three-dimensional small animal studies for preclinical researchers.

This year’s prizes include:

  • $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
  • $5,000 – 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 by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business

For more details about this event, visit our website at www.vtknowledgeworks.com or contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext. 3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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