Exciting Updates from Global Partnership Week Alumni

VT KnowledgeWorks invites alumni of the Global Partnership Week to share the progress and milestones they have made with their business concepts through the years. We would love to inform others in the Global Partnership network and beyond about successes and milestones achieved.

Please contact Lindsey Eversole, Global Partnership Manager, VT KnowledgeWorks, at [email protected] with your news so we can share your accomplishments in our monthly Global Partnership Alumni e-Newsletter.

VTKW Global 2013 Grand Prize Winners

We’ve excerpted exciting updates from Global Student Business Concept Challenge finalists below. Read their full stories here (.pdf).

VersiCool – Vancouver, Canada
Mayank Kalra, Annelies Tjebbes
University of British Columbia

After the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, VersiCool pivoted to utilize a new technology because of the limitations of the previous concepts. VersiCool is a medical device concept, designed to induce therapeutic hypothermia in cardiac arrest patients.
Read more.

VIBEAT – Vienna, Austria
Michaela Naszada, Jennifer North, Jozef Streženec, Philipp Zbornik
Vienna University of Technology

The team members of VIBEAT are completing their Masters degrees at Vienna University of Technology, before they pursue their concept. VIBEAT aims to solve a basic problem: Deaf people can’t hear music but still want to be part of our music culture. VIBEAT enables the hearing-impaired to feel music.
Read more.

CARmunity – Sydney, Australia
Alice Batts, Lucy Burne, Vanessa Elias, Megan Williams
University of Technology Sydney
Preparation for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge was foundational in progressing with our idea. After the competition we were able to confidently present our idea to other like-minded business enthusiasts.
Read more.

Blink Me/Nixpic – Santiago, Chile
Max Rencoret
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

After the 2012 Global Partnership Week, I came back and froze my studies so that I could completely focus on my project. Blink Me/Nixpic is an app that allows you to view and send pictures, without keeping record of them. In October 2012, we closed our first seed round for $250K including government and angel money.
Read more.

METACOLORS – Trento, Italy
Gleb Mikulich, Luca Mirabella, Jing Zhu
University of Trento

After the 2012 Global Partnership Week, team METACOLORS received several emails and calls from investors. MetaColoursGuard (MCG), a new revolutionary method of printing protection against falsification, was patented and is being used in Belarus.
Read more.

The Specialty Coffee Roaster (La Tostadora) – Barranquilla, Colombia
Iliana Delgado Chegwin
Universidad del Norte

Since last year, Café ISABELITA (my organic coffee brand) has increased its local market share to almost 20%. We have expanded and now participate in local markets in the cities of Bogota and Cartagena, where initially we were based in Barranquilla only.
Read more.

YouFolio – Virginia, USA
Ingrid Christ, Alex Freedman, Matthew Moore, Kayvon Nikbakhshian
Virginia Tech

YouFolio presented at the Kairos Global Summit this past February in front of many world leaders, raised $200,000 in angel investment, and they have been accepted to the premier, Washington D.C. Incubator 1776.
Read more.

View the video of Student Startups Competing in the Global Challenge.

View the 85-photo album of the Global Student Business Concept Challenge on Facebook.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be August 17-23, 2014.

The 2013 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week was made possible thanks to the generous Global Partnership Event Sponsors, including Allegheny Logistics Group, BAE SystemsCCS-Inc., G.J. Hopkins Inc.Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, Rackspace, Phoenix Packaging Operations, SAIC, Shentel, StellarOne Bank,SunTrustTechLabThird SecurityThe Branch Group Inc., Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVPT, Inc., and our contributors.

For more information about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership, and the VTKW Global Partnership Week 2014, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Global Partnership Manager, VT KnowledgeWorks, at [email protected].

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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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