Growing Global Businesses, One Handshake at a Time

VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge 2010 VT KnowledgeWorks presents the inaugural Global Student Business Concept Challenge, a celebration of the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy to be held August 29 – September 4, 2010.  The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for student teams from all over the world to compete for a $25,000 grand prize and to initiate their personal global networks, through learning, socialization, and friendly competition. 

Here is the schedule of events:

Sunday, August 29

• Student teams arrive and meet host families

Monday, August 30

• Late start for jet-lag relief
• Student teams meet their host companies
• Formal welcome dinner hosted by Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs

Tuesday, August 31

• Student teams continue host company experience
• Student teams meet Virginia Tech student hosts for campus tour and shopping
• Informal indoor/outdoor dinner

Wednesday, September 1

• Student teams shift to the Hotel Roanoke
• Founders’ Readiness Workshop
• Networking Reception
NewVA Corridor Technology Council Annual Gala Dinner

Thursday, September 2

• Global Student Business Concept Challenge and Awards
• Return to Blacksburg for reception, informal dinner, and further recognition of student team winners

Friday, September 3

• Student teams re-join host companies
• Extended shopping opportunity at New River Mall
• Student teams join VT students for social evening

Saturday, September 4
• Departure

Here's the VTKW Global Student Challenge event agenda brochure (.pdf).

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge is made possible thanks to the generous Global Challenge Event Sponsors, including G.J. Hopkins Inc., HCA VA Health System, Novozymes, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Rackspace, TechLab, and The Branch Group Inc.

Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs, Panera Bread, and Custom Catering will sponsor meals during the Global Challenge Celebration. 

Goodie bags presented to each student finalist are sponsored by University Bookstore/Volume II Bookstore, the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., Virginia Tech Graduate School, and the Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech.


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

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