Open Business Concept Competition Finalists Announced

From VT KnowledgeWorks:

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the finalists selected to present in the Open Business Concept Competition on April 7 in conjunction with the VT KnowledgeWorks Second Annual Entrepreneurship Summit, April 7 and 8, 2010 at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. The two-day Summit is for prospective company founders, entrepreneurs launching or re-vamping a business, growing companies seeking expansion capital, and individuals interested in investing in early-stage companies.

The five finalist entrepreneurs will present their business concepts before a panel of angel investors, business leaders, and Summit attendees.

The entrepreneur with the winning concept will receive a customized suite of business acceleration services at VT KnowledgeWorks, as well as workspace in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center for the summer of 2010.

Presenting their businesses at 2:00 p.m. on April 7th in the Open Business Concept Competition are, in alphabetical order by company name: – Frederick Cook

CollabKode – Amjad Hussein

Handshake 2.0 - Anne Giles Clelland

Rural System - Robert H. Giles, Jr.

SmartCollegeVisit - Z. Kelly Queijo

Fred Cook of Blacksburg, Virginia is starting Actifity, a web application that provides a simple structure to track the healthy activities users perform, and to share them through social media.

Amjad Hussein of Dubai, a major in business information technology in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business, is developing CollabKode, which allows access to hosted projects from any device with Internet access.

Anne Giles Clelland of Blacksburg, Virginia heads Handshake 2.0, a business news, public relations, and business development site.

Bob Giles of Blacksburg, Virignia, Professor Emeritus of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Virginia Tech, will introduce Rural System, a prescription-based land and natural resource management system.

Z. Kelly Queijo of Blacksburg, Virginia, is the founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., a college visit travel planning company.


Registration for the Entrepreneurship Summit is open for attendees, advertisers and Technology Showcase displays as long as space is available until March 31, 2010.

In conjunction with the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit, the NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) will host its annual TechNite Awards Banqueton the evening of April 7 at The Inn at Virginia Tech.  NCTC’s TechNite Awards Banquet is an annual celebration of the NewVa region’s technology community and an opportunity to network with more than 300 leaders in business and innovation.  For more information and to register, please visit the NCTC website or call 540-443-9232.

For more information about the E-Summit, please contact Lindsey Eversole for details at 540-443-9100 or via email at [email protected].


VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge TrophyVT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce a Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 29 – September 4, 2010, in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA.  The Challenge celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the future of our global economy.  The name of the winning team, their university name, and their home city will be etched into the base of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy as a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort.  The winning team will earn a $25,000 cash prize.

DayOne Ventures @ VT KnowledgeWorks is an invitation-only seed stage investment and mentoring program for technology-based startups, funded and operated by experienced, successful entrepreneurs who are also angel investors. 


VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Latimer, Mayberry & Matthews IP Law, LeClairRyan, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

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