SmartCollegeVisit Wins Business Concept Competition

This post first appeared on Handshake 2.0.

Having the smarts to see a market need and the idea to fill it, Z. Kelly Queijo did what entrepreneurs do best.  She started a company.

Five months after launch, it’s a prize-winning company.

Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of SmartCollegeVisit, won first place in the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit Open Business Concept Competition The panel of angel investors and business experts judging the Open Business Concept Competition at the second annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit applauded Quiejo’s smarts and can-do and awarded her company, Smart College Visit, Inc., first place on April 7, 2010. 

Queijo's first place prize includes a suite of business acceleration services at VT KnowledgeWorks.

"It's an honor to win the Business Concept award," Queijo said. "I'm looking forward to having access to the high level of business expertise VT KnowledgeWorks offers."

Smart College Visit, Inc.’s first enterprise is SmartCollegeVisit, a college travel planning and resource site for college-bound students and their families.

One of the most-visited features on SmartCollegeVisit is Smart See, Smart Do, a free service offered to colleges and universities which showcases their answers to this college visit question:  "What is the one thing to do, or place to see, that you don't want prospective college students and their families to miss when visiting campus?"  The current list of colleges featured on Smart See, Smart Do includes more than a dozen schools.

Given they're on an award-winning site, those are smart colleges.

An award-winning slide from SmartCollegeVisit's Business Concept presentation


Entrepreneurs pitch business ideas, an article by Sarah Watson for The Roanoke Times, provides excellent coverage of the two-day Business Concept Competitions at the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit.

Photo credit: Shirley Gillispie


VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge TrophyVT KnowledgeWorks has announced 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.


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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