Register to See Finalists Compete in Entrepreneurship Challenge

VT KnowledgeWorks, a regional business acceleration center that helps companies bring ideas to market, is excited to present the Fourth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the Skelton Conference Center at The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.  This full-day informative workshop is designed for prospective company founders, entrepreneurs launching or re-vamping a business, and individuals interested in investing in early-stage companies. Register now!


Student Competition

AcMo Technologies, ECLIPSE, GreenStar, HALO, and YouFolio 

Open Competition

Cloud Conservatory, Dive Into Research, Feel. Think. Choose., Out of the Box-Informed Choice: College Snapshot, and Universities Inc.

Read more about the Finalist Teams.


Welcome Address

The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with a welcome address delivered by Tom Weithman of CIT GAP Funds followed by two business concept competitions, with one session before lunch and one after.

Business Concept Competitions

Finalist Teams from both the Student Business Concept Competition and Open Business Concept Competition will take the stage at 9:30 a.m. and pitch their business concepts throughout the day. Student teams compete for $10,000 in scholarships and the opportunity to compete on a world stage in August, 2012 for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award. Local entrepreneurs compete for $5,000 in start-up services from VT KnowledgeWorks.

Keynote Address

Join us for lunch at 12:00 p.m. to hear Mike Drzal with LeClairRyan deliver the Keynote Address: "Raising Capital: The Fundraising Toolbox."  Read Mike Drzal's Three Fundamental Tools in The Fundraising Toolbox.

Business Concept Competitions resume at 1:30 p.m.

Networking Reception and Awards Presentation

The day concludes with a networking reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., where winners of the competitions are announced and awarded their prizes! Catered by The Inn at Virginia Tech, this reception will provide the opportunity to build on the business relationships and connections made throughout the day.

Thanks to our generous Challenge Sponsors, CIT and LeClairRyan, the fees for this all-day event, including competitions, luncheon, awards presentation and reception, are only $30 for students and $50 for non-students.

Register for the VTKW E-Challenge

See more about the Fourth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge.

See highlights of Entrepreneurship events on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.


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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