VT KnowledgeWorks Announces Merger and Expansion

VT KnowledgeWorks and the Virginia Tech Business Technology Center have joined forces under the VT KnowledgeWorks umbrella to create a comprehensive entrepreneurship program serving the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships.  It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual.  Its world headquarters is in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks, headed by Executive Director, Jim Flowers, recently extended its service offerings throughout the Commonwealth via the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Alliance, a network of regional partner centers, sharing best practices, entrepreneurship events, curriculum, and public outreach.  Soon it will initiate a powerful in-reach program for Virginia Tech inventors to accelerate the process of preparing innovative discoveries for commercial markets.  Dick Daugherty, long-time director of the Virginia Tech Business Technology Center, in his new role as Director of Strategic Services for VT KnowledgeWorks, will spearhead the in-reach program and other active mentorship initiatives.  Details on the new program will be released early in December, 2011.  In addition, Dick will continue to provide market research and business plan development services statewide.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

VT KnowledgeWorks university sponsors include the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs, and the Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  

VT KnowledgeWorks municipal sponsors include the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, the Town of Christiansburg, and the Town of Blacksburg.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership sponsors 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, aDivision 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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