Students Teams from Around the World Coming to Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia

From VT KnowledgeWorks:


It’s the inaugural VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge – a celebration of the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy. Teams of University students from around the world are coming to Blacksburg and Roanoke to compete for a $25,000 grand prize and a traveling trophy. The top two runners-up will receive $2,500 cash prizes as well.  Finalists teams selected to compete in the Challenge have previously won a significant student competition in their respective region, state, or country.  The teams will present their ideas to regional entrepreneurs and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization and friendly competition. 

The competition finals are part of a week-long celebration of student entrepreneurship. While in Blacksburg, the teams will be housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, enjoy fellowship with Virginia Tech students, and attend a formal welcome dinner hosted by the Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs.   On September 1-2, student teams will shift to Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center to compete in The Challenge, participate in an Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Workshop presented by Jim Flowers, Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, and attend the NewVa Corridor Technology Council Gala Dinner.


Student teams from France, United Kingdom, Israel, Mexico, Italy, USA and Uruguay. Meet them here and on VTKW Global Student Challenge on Facebook.


August 29-September 4, 2010.

Monday, August 30
• Student teams meet their host companies at a Welcome Lunch, Custom Catering, Blacksburg
• 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 dinner

Wednesday, September 1
• Student teams shift to the Hotel Roanoke
• Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Workshop
• Networking reception
• NewVA Corridor Technology Council Annual Gala Dinner, Hotel Roanoke

Thursday, September 2
• Global Student Business Concept Challenge and Awards, Hotel Roanoke
• 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 Valley Mall
• Student teams join VT students for social evening

Saturday, September 4
• Departure


More about The Challenge and the schedule of events, where to register for the Workshop, Challenge, or as an advertiser, and where to register for the NCTC Fall Gala.

About VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks is a unique growth enhancement program open to entrepreneurs in the New River Valley and beyond.  Acceleration center and incubation facilities are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Programs for Members are divided into two categories according to the evolutionary status of the member company.  Pre-Launch program components are carefully constructed to help market-worthy ventures organize, formulate strategy, obtain outside investment, and launch in an efficient manner.  Enterprise class members benefit from emphasis on strategic support for ongoing growth, continuing intra-preneurship, and professional development for the corporate leader.


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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