Entrepreneurship Challenge Sponsor Showcase

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. The last day to register for the E-Challenge is Friday, April 5. Register here

Thank you to our generous sponsors! You make the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge possible! 

Thank you to our Entrepreneurship Challenge sponsors!
CIT GAP Funds makes seed-stage equity investments in Virginia-based technology, life science and clean tech companies with a high potential for achieving rapid growth and generating significant economic return for entrepreneurs, investors and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jennifer M. O’Daniel, Senior Associate, CIT GAP Funds
[email protected]
Center for Innovative Technology
2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 600
Herndon, Virginia  20170
Phone:  703-689-3000

LeClairRyan is a law firm that has deep entrepreneurial roots, having originally been founded as a venture capital boutique.  With approximately 350 attorneys and offices from Virginia to New York to California, the firm provides business counsel and client representation in matters of corporate law and high-stakes litigation.  Its mission is to achieve excellence for its clients by providing integrated, responsive and timely services.  LeClairRyan has numerous attorneys and professional support staff focused on intellectual property, venture capital and the other legal needs that are often required by emerging businesses.  Our intellectual property team is nationally recognized in patent prosecution, interferences, reissues and reexaminations, and in patent litigation in the biotech, pharmaceutical, software, chemical, electrical and physical science fields.  This suite of services, coupled with expertise in venture capital and other types of equity financing, strengthens the firm’s ability to serve entrepreneurial, knowledge-based companies.

Michael P. Drzal, Attorney
[email protected]
1715 Pratt Drive, Suite 2700
Blacksburg, Virginia  24060
Phone: 540-443-3910

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science.  The college’s 6,000 undergraduates benefit from an innovative curriculum that provides a “hands-on, minds-on” approach to engineering education, complementing classroom instruction with two unique design-and-build facilities and a strong Cooperative Education Program.  With more than 50 research centers and numerous laboratories, the college offers its 2,000 graduate students opportunities in advanced fields of study such as biomedical engineering, state-of-the-art microelectronics, and nanotechnology.  Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

Dr. John "Jack" Lesko, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
[email protected]
3004 Torgersen Hall (0217)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone:  540-231-9171  

Register to attend the Entrepreneurship Challenge by Friday, April 5!

At the E-Challenge, 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.

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 - View the list of finalists!
  • 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 - View the list of finalists!
  • 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

Questions? 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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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 GroupLatimer IP Law, LLC , LeClairRyanNew River Valley IP LawScience Applications International Corporation (SAIC)The Branch Group, and Wordsprint

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