Tech Transfer Challenge Finalists Announced

The Tech Transfer Challenge is a featured event of the Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

The Tech Transfer Challenge is an initiative to accelerate innovative technology transfer from the university to the private sector. The winning team will be comprised of Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students and/or alumni proposing to establish a new venture in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA based on Virginia Tech-owned technology. The teams will compete to win $100,000 worth of mentorship and business support services.

The 2013 Tech Transfer Challenge Finalists (in alphabetical order by venture name):

  • Keraesthetics – Application of Keratin Biomaterials as an Aesthetic Dermal Filler; Mark Van Dyke, team leader
  • Laser Light Energy Applications in Wood Products Production; Dr. Scott Renneckar, team leader
  • NanoMed, LLC – Targeted Drug Delivery and Vaccine Development using Bio-nanoparticles; Dr. Mike Zhang, team leader
  • NanoSpin – Suvojit Ghosh, proposed venture CTO
  • VT Transportation Technologies – Saied Taheri, team leader

To see the finalists compete, register here for the Fifth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

Schedule of the day's events:

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Welcome Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome Address
9:30 – 11:45 a.m. Tech Transfer Challenge
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Buffet and Keynote Speaker
1:30 – 3:45 p.m. Student Business Concept Competition
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception and Awards Presentation

Cost to attend this full-day event including the competitions, luncheon, and reception is only $30 for students and $50 for non-students.  Register to attend the Entrepreneurship Challenge here.

Businesses can advertise in multiple ways during the Entrepreneurship Challenge. For more details, contact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext. 3 or via email at [email protected].

Read more about the Entrepreneurship Challenge on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.

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