Student Business Concept Competition Finalists Announced

From VT KnowledgeWorks:

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the finalists selected to present in the Student Business Concept Competitions 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 student teams will present their business concepts before a panel of angel investors  business leaders, and Summit attendees. The competition encouraged students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, enhance their understanding of the requirements for a successful business venture, and showcase the creativity of students in Virginia and western North Carolina.

The finalist student teams from Virginia Tech, North Carolina A&T State University, and the University of Virginia will present their business concepts at 10:00 a.m. on April 7th and compete for a $5,000 cash prize and workspace provided in the VT Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia during the summer of 2010.  

The finalist teams in the Student Business Concept Competition are:

Eco-Health Cube


Nomuda Games

UltraGenome LLC

Eco-Health Cube, an air purifier that uses solar ultraviolet light to sterilize air for buildings with high person-to-person contact, was invented by Jashaun Carter, Larrishia Jacobs, and Ardarion Richardson of North Carolina A&T State University.

mapMonkeys was created by Virginia Tech students Wade Hammes of Roanoke, a senior in management in the Pamplin College of Business; Rishi Ishairzay of Centreville, a junior in computer science in the College of Engineering; and Pushpit Thohan of Leesburg, a sophomore in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering, to provide information to gamers.

Nomuda Games, story-based games for mobile platforms, was created by Joe Chard and Jacob Richardson of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. was designed by Steven Cunningham and Mike Fallon to provide the ability to share information, join community networks, buy and sell goods, and review local services based on a user’s military location.  This team is from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

UltraGenome LLC was created by Rahul Ranjan of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia to aid in cancer diagnosis.


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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