Line-up of Competitors for Global Student Challenge

Citizens of the New River and Roanoke Valleys of Virginia are invited to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge free of charge on Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Dumas Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Julie Newman will be the Master of Ceremonies.  The finalist teams will present their business concept presentations before a panel of business leaders and compete for the $25,000 cash prize and VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy. The top two runners-up will receive $5,000 cash prizes.  Please register to attend the Global Student Challenge.

The finalist student teams are listed in alphabetical order by business concept.  Included in each listing is the team's university, country and business concept description.  Links lead to posts on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks with more information about each team.

Bio-Sense Diagnostics, University of Kent, United Kingdom

Bio-Sense Diagnostics offers a simple diagnostic test for the fast and efficient diagnosis of specific tumors.  Based on the concept of the home pregnancy test, the idea is easily adapatable towards other diseases.

INKeyboard, University of Trento, Italy

INKeyboard is an innovative technology-based keyboard. The new product innovates the keyboard experience by introducing e-ink buttons, which allows for more flexibility, fulfilling a widespread need among computer users.

Kera10, Wake Forest University, USA

Kera10 is the cosmetics arm of bio-materials regenerative company KN LLC. Kera10 has exclusive access to the proprietary biomedical grade keratin. Its parent company, KN LLC, manufactures and protects with 26 patents. Kera10 has demonstrated that this purified keratin performs better than the crude industry norms, and will provide innovative solutions to meet the ever changing demand for new products in numerous multi-billion dollar cosmetic industries.

Kimeltu, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Kimeltu is a web platform which allows educators to measure students performance and to monitor their progress by taking easily generated tests. It’s a freemium service where any person can create tests to be taken by a limited amount of students by choosing questions from a “public question bank” or by adding their own questions to the bank. Institutions can pay to generate their own, private question bank and to have access to detailed analysis of their students’ progress with easy-to-understand statistics. It also helps to validate and measure questions' difficulty, guaranteeing high quality tests. In the future, it will become an e-market where institutions can sell or share their question banks with others.

Lujure, Virginia Tech, USA

Lujure provides an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop platform that empowers everyone to easily create stunning Facebook fan pages. Our platform allows folks to grow their brands by creating fan pages that help with engaging their fans. We are constantly trying to stay ahead of our competition and it is important to us that we provide the best and most reliable fan page creation service.

OOHLALA Mobile, University of Toronto, Canada

OOHLALA is a mobile application that helps college students navigate their campus life, and provides a platform to student unions, and services to engage with students.

Protor, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

The Protor is an innovative propulsion system that will revolutionize the international shipping industries, as it promises fuel reductions of up to an incredible 15%.

We Pulse, Telecom SudParis, France

With We Pulse you can buy tickets for almost anything from your Smartphone, in front of an ad in the metro or in a newspaper and in just 2 steps. Scan the QR-Code on the advertisement and We Pulse will provide you with information on the product and let's you buy it! Thanks to We Pulse, shopping has never been so easy…and advertising has never been that effective!


The Global Student Challenge finals are part of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, August 21-27, 2011, a week-long celebration of student entrepreneurship. While in Blacksburg, Virginia the teams are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, enjoy fellowship with Virginia Tech students, and attend several celebratory meals, including the Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception on Wednesday, August 24.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge
Thursday, August 25, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dumas Center
108 Henry Street
Roanoke, Virginia
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Dumas Center, Roanoke, Virginia 
(Note:  Henry Street and 1st Street have recently been renamed in Roanoke, Virginia.  Here's a Google Maps link to the Dumas Center with its 108 1st Street Northwest address.)

Sponsors of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week include: Allegheny Brokerage Company, Inc., CCS-Inc., Economic Development Authority of Montgomery County, VA, G.J. Hopkins Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., LeClairRyan, LewisGale Hospital – Montgomery, Newport News Shipbuilding, a Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Novozymes, Rackspace, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), StellarOne, TechLab, Third Security, The Branch Group Inc., VPT, Inc.

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