Meet the VTKW Global Student Challenge Teams – EasyCheck

As part of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge, August 29 – September 4, 2010, you're invited to attend and observe student teams from around the world compete for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy at the Global Student Business Concept Challenge on September 2, 2010 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center

You can also attend "Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century," a workshop led by Jim Flowers, Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, on September 1, 2010 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. Please register for the Challenge and Workshop by August 25.

Please meet Team EasyCheck, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel!

From EasyCheck:

Imagine a reliable, easily-operated, non-invasive device that enables early detection of breast cancer, before the tumor evolves. The device suits all women, shows results in minutes, and is IP-protected. EasyCheck develops such devices for early detection of breast cancer.

Efrat Nel is a breast cancer survivor. With no family history of breast cancer, and not related to a risk group, shockingly, Efrat  discovered another world – a world of sickness, fear, and suffering.  Lives and families are being destroyed every day this way. It was clear that something had to be done.

VTKW Global Student Challenge - Team EasyCheck Our team members met at the Ruppin Academic Center as MBA students and we signed up together in an entrepreneurship course.  One of the aims of the course, and the 'BizTec' competition in which the group participated, was to develop a patentable technological concept. Efrat Nel brought up the subject of breast cancer and her wish to come up with a home device that would enable women a routine, simple, reliable and friendly self-exam. The device would significantly improve and save lives of other women.  Only then did we understood that the biggest problem of all is early detection.

At BizTEC, an Israel National Entrepreneurship Competition, EasyCheck won second place nationally, and first place in the life science category.  The final competition was conducted on June 10, 2010, with more than 200 groups competing.

Our team members are Mrs. Efrat Nel, MBA graduate, Global Marketing Management, Management & Organization Development; Mr. Shahar Peled, MBA graduate, Global Marketing Management, Management & Organization Development; Mrs. Hadas Geva, MBA graduate, Global Marketing Management, Management & Organization Development; Mrs. Inbal Gutman, MBA graduate, Global Marketing Management & Financing.

Our post-graduation plans include raising money for EasyCheck and developing the MyBK™(My breast keeper) device and technology.
 
At the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge, we hope to achieve First Prize.  That will be the first step toward raising money for our product and technology, the first step towards our vision.

Good luck to Team EasyCheck!

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To fully experience the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge, you're invited to:

Learn about "Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century," in the workshop led by Jim Flowers, Director of VT KnowledgeWorks during the day of September 1 at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, attend the NCTC Fall Gala on the evening of September 1, lodge that night at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, then attend and observe student teams from around the world compete for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge beginning the morning of September 2, 2010.

Here's more about The Challenge and the schedule of events, here's where to register for the Workshop, Challenge, or as an advertiser, and here's where to register for the NCTC Fall Gala.

Learn more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge on the VT KnowledgeWorks site, through individual posts with news and updates via VTKW Global Student Challenge on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks, and by visiting the VTKW Global Student Challenge on Facebook.

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

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

Welcome 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, the Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech, and Mountain Lake.

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