Jim Flowers Receives Virginia TradePort Innovator of the Year Award

From the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance:

Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks, was recognized at the 64th Annual Virginia Conference on World Trade.  Mr. Flowers was the recipient of the Virginia TradePort Innovator of the Year Award for 2012 presented at the conference in Roanoke, VA.  The Virginia TradePort recognizes a company or individual that has made a significant impact on international trade and business development in and around the Virginia TradePort.

Jim Flowers - Virginia TradePort Innovator of the Year
Pictured left to right: Jim Loux, Cornelia Steinert, Jim Flowers, David Denny

Mr. Flowers was recognized for his efforts and leadership role with the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership.  The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, VA, USA.  The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

This year marked the Third Annual Global Partnership Week, which occurred August 19-25th, 2012.  During the week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, 13 student teams from China, Australia, France, Mexico, England, Italy, Chile, Belgium, Colombia, Canada, Austria, Malaysia and the United States competed for a $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy as they pitched their business concepts. 

Attendance of global students and faculty members from around the world nearly doubled this year from the previous years.  There were a total of 55 participants from around the globe and approximately 250 citizens of the region who supported the effort.  The Third Annual Global Partnership Week marked the greatest amount of regional support when compared to years past, including the involvement and participation of 19 event sponsors, 13 businesses that served as host companies, 23 host families that provided lodging for the students, and over 30 other organizations or companies that contributed to the event in some way.   

Mr. Flowers’ experience includes over four decades as a senior executive and consultant to technology based companies, most recently as architect and Executive Director of the VT KnowledgeWorks business acceleration program at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.


The Fourth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 18 – 24, 2013.

For more information about VTKW Global Partnership Week 2013, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Global Partnership Manager, VT KnowledgeWorks, at [email protected].

The third annual Global Partnership Event was made possible by generous Sponsors, including 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 Tech Corporate Research Center, and VPT, Inc.

For a complete list of other contributors of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week please visit our website.

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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