Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge Program

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the Fifth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge will be held 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 by Dr. Ben Knapp, Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech
  • 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. Tech Transfer Challenge

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
  • 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Buffet and Keynote Address by Michael Drzal of LeClairRyan (Latham Ballroom) – Building the Blueprint: The Continuum of Capital
  • 1:30 – 3:45 p.m. Student Business Concept Competition

The 2013 Student Business Concept Competition Finalists:

  • Campus Tech – Evan Franco and Brendan Cerniglia
  • Combined Sand Metal Printing – David Reeves
  • NanoSpin – Ravi Kappiyoor, Suvojit Ghosh, Chris Prohoda, Souvik Pal and Mehran Tehrani
  • PureAir: Emergency Asthma and COPD Inhalers – Stephen Epstein
  • the Card Aisle – David Henry, Adam Donato and Stephan Sabo
  • ViGLi – Ken Atavatkul, Chris Kwaramba and Irene John
  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception and Awards Presentation

Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students, and/or alumni will compete in the Tech Transfer Challenge.  Hoping to establish a new venture in Blacksburg using their Virginia Tech owned technology, the teams will compete to win $100,000 worth of mentorship and business support services.

Virginia Tech student teams will compete in the Student Business Concept Competition for $10,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage In August, 2013 for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Award during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge is made possible with the support of our generous sponsors CIT GAP Funds, LeClairRyan, and The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Read more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge sponsors.

Read more about the Entrepreneurship Challenge on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.

Questions? Please ontact Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext. 3 or via email at [email protected]com.

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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 Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks corporate sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&THarris Office FurnitureHodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law Group, Latimer IP Law, LLC , LeClairRyanNew River Valley IP Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)The Branch Group, and Wordsprint

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