A World of Thanks to Sponsors of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge

The First Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge was held on August 29 – September 4, 2010 and rovided a unique opportunity for student teams from all over the world to compete for the $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy.  Students from England, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Uruguay, and the USA took advantage of this unique opportunity to initiate personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition.

Our sponsors made that happen. 

Sponsors made the VTKW Global Student Challenge happen.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge was 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.

Meal sponsors include Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, MCDED, Panera Bread, Custom Catering,  Allegheny Brokerage Company, Inc., and Sub Station II.

Allegheny Brokerage Company, Inc. sponsored the winning student team, Ecosy from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.   Special thanks to the i3Network for their collaboration and support during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge. 

Welcome bags presented to each student finalist were sponsored by University Bookstore/Volume Two Bookstore, the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., Virginia Tech Graduate School, the Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech, and Mountain Lake Conservancy & Hotel, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and VT KnowledgeWorks.

Other contributors to the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge include Schultz-Creehan, Matthew Moore, Industrial Design Student at Virginia Tech, East West DyeCom, Inc., Paul Fleming, The German Club, Handshake 2.0, New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, Cranwell International Center at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Office for Research, Virginia Tech Graduate School, and Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

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.

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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