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. It includes two Business Concept Competitions, one for students and one for local entrepreneurs.
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.
AcMo Technologies – Joe Acanfora, Derick Haydin, Tarun Aggarwal & Jeffrey Morris
AcMo technology is developing a breakthrough in touchscreen ergonomics which allows women to fluidly interact with their touchscreen devices.
Eclipse – Sarah Timm
Using simple software solutions, ECLIPSE promises to help institutions and individuals in the geological community to better manage their collections and materials.
10:25 – 10:45 a.m. – Break
GreenStar – Blake Sawyer & Steve Ressler
An Affordable, Modular and Fun Solution to Energy Management and Home Automation.
HALO – Christopher Mears
Opaque and Transparent Impact/Kinetic Energy Attenuating Systems.
You Folio – Matthew Moore, Kayvon Nikbakshian, Robert Wagner, Alex Freedman & Steven Zimmerman
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.
12:00 p.m. – Keynote Address – Mike Drzal with LeClairRyan: "Raising Capital: The Fundraising Toolbox." (Read Mike Drzal's Three Fundamental Tools in The Fundraising Toolbox.)
Local entrepreneurs compete for $5,000 in start-up services from VT KnowledgeWorks.
Cloud Conservatory – Braden Croy & Eric Wimberley
Provides on-demand university level music education through the use of recorded music lectures and private webcam lessons.
Dive into Research – Guanhong Pei, David George & Hongbo Zhang
Helps researchers raise research resources from public and industry; presents researchers’ work in popular science language to public in real time.
2:25 – 2:45 p.m. – Break
Feel. Think. Choose – Anne Giles Clelland, Wil Collins, Alex Edelman & Kelsey Sarles
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 – Rita Evans, Morgan Evans & Gerry McCarthy
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. – Kim Griffo & Wes Adams
Powering the new business model of education through technology driven relationships.
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Networking Reception and Awards Presentation
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.
Read more about the 2012 Entrepreneurship Challenge – event details, finalists, agenda, speakers, links to more information
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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 are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
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).