Meet the VTKW Global Student Challenge Teams – Sauna Savu

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 Sauna Savu from Aalto University School, Finland!

Q. Who are your team members?

A.  Otso Virtanen, graduating, Architecture; Matti Rekonen, 3th year, Mechanical engineering; team members not attending: Pekka Huima, architecture: Jouko Kallio, energy technology

Q. What is your business concept/idea?

Sauna Savu – Savu Oy (Savu Ltd).  Our concept is to produce, market and distribute a Finnish-designed Sauna with its own trademark to international markets.  Sauna Savu, a modular Finnish sauna, is a sensitive mixture of Finnish vernacular architecture and Scandinavian contemporary design.

Sauna Savu, an entry in the VTKW Global Student Challenge

Q. What encouraged you to pursue this business idea?

A. Positive feedback after the Finnish design show Habitare 2009.

Q. When was the first inception of your business idea/concept?

A. The first inception was when we participated in Venture Cup, March 2010.  We finished in the final 10 amoung 94 teams.

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Good luck to Team Sauna Savu!

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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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