Announcing the Third Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit

The Third Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit will be held on April 13 – 14, 2011, at The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Please join us for this two-day informative workshop designed for prospective company founders, entrepreneurs launching or re-vamping a business and growing companies seeking expansion capital.

Student teams compete for two $5,000 grand prizes and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August, 2011 for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award.  Outstanding speakers will provide new perspectives on early-stage funding, global economics, and regional growth.  And the Open Angel Forum, presented by the NCTC Access to Capital Committee, features a live pitch session, providing a unique opportunity to see how raising capital is done, with real companies and investors. 

Wednesday, April 13

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Welcome Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome Address
9:30 – 11:45 a.m. Virginia Tech Student Business Concept Competition
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Technology Showcase and Lunch Buffet
1:30 – 3:45 p.m. Regional Student Business Concept Competition
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception and Student Awards Presentation

Thursday, April 14

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Bob Reiss, author of Bootstrapping 101
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. BB&T/Pamplin Speaker Series presents Greg Ip, author of The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World (Little Books. Big Profits)
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Buffet and Keynote Address Presented by Michael Drzal, LeClairRyan, Building a Regional Economy on Innovative Technologies
1:30 – 4:15 p.m. Open Angel Forum
4:30 p.m. Closing comments

Read more about the Summit, register for the Summit, learn about the Student Competition, feature your company in the Technology Showcase, find out about the Angel Funding Sessions, view the Summit's sponsors, and see last year's Second Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit.

Read the latest news and the history of the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.

Questions? Please contact Christine Pushaw, [email protected]


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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