VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge: The Teams

An exciting facet of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week is the convergence of elite student teams from around the world on Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 19-25, 2012, to celebrate global entrepreneurship and to compete in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize.

The objectives of the challenge are to celebrate the energy and creativity of university students, recognize their important contributions to the global economy, and encourage them to develop their entrepreneurial ideas. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for students to initiate and grow their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition.

The Teams

Teams from these universities will compete in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge. The universities are listed in alphabetical order:

Ghent University – Ghent, Belgium

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile – Santiago, Chile

Tech University of Malaysia – Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Tecnológico de Monterrey – Monterrey, Mexico

Télécom SudParis - Paris, France

Tongji University – Shanghai, People's Republic of China

Universidad del Norte – Barranquilla, Colombia

University of British Columbia – Vancouver, Canada

University of Kent – Canterbury, Kent, England

University of Technology Sydney – Sydney, Australia

University of Trento – Trento, Italy

Vienna University of Technology – Vienna, Austria

Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

The third annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will bring university students, faculty, and staff from all over the world together to congregate, collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks. The Global Partnership is a multi-layered, ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and business relationships.

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship building possible: The Allegheny Logistics Group, CCS-Inc., Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, G.J. Hopkins Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., NetVentures, Novozymes, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Rackspace, SAIC, Shentel, StellarOne Bank, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, The Branch Group Inc., Virginia Tech, Virginia Corporate Research Center, and VPT, Inc.

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 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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