Finalists Announced for VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge

Thanks to its sponsors, the 4th Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Skelton Conference Center at The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. This full-day event is designed for prospective company founders, entrepreneurs launching or re-vamping a business, and individuals interested in investing in early-stage companies.

The Challenge features two business concept competitions, the Virginia Tech Student Business Concept Competition and the Open Business Concept Competition. Student teams compete for $10,000 in scholarships and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award. Local entrepreneurs compete for $5,000 in start-up services from VT KnowledgeWorks.

Finalists for the Virginia Tech Student Business Concept Competition

AcMo Technologies: AcMo technology is developing a breakthrough in touchscreen ergonomics which allows women to fluidly interact with their touchscreen devices.

ECLIPSE:  Using simple software solutions, ECLIPSE promises to help institutions and individuals in the geological community to better manage their collections and materials.

GreenStar:  An Affordable, Modular and Fun Solution to Energy Management and Home Automation.

HALO:  Opaque and Transparent Impact/Kinetic Energy Attenuating Systems.

YouFolio:  YouFolio changes the paradigm of the resume with its Web 2.0 content management system that allows members to upload their works and make a portfolio of their abilities that they can share with the world. 

Finalists for the Open Business Concept Competition

Cloud Conservatory:  Provides on-demand university level music education through the use of recorded music lectures and private webcam lessons.

Dive Into Research:  Helps researchers raise research resources from public and industry; presents researchers’ work in popular science language to public in real time.

Feel. Think. Choose.:  Algorithm-based, customizable, "white label" enterprise software, available to users in both web and mobile versions, offered to organizations and corporations who serve populations with behavioral health management needs.

Out of the Box-Informed Choice:  College Snapshot: Web presence database of virtual classroom sample (segments/class) linked by program profile and potentially to work/business connections and eventually to plug in analysis.

Universities Inc.: Powering the new business model of education through technology driven relationships.

Because of the generous sponsorship of LeClairRyan and CIT, the fees for this all-day event including competitions, luncheon, and awards presentation are only $30 for students and $50 for non-students.

Please see more about the Fourth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Please see highlights of Entrepreneurship events on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.

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VT KnowledgeWorksVT 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 are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

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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).

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