VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week held on August 17-23, 2014, provided a unique opportunity for student teams and faculty from all over the world to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition. During this week-long celebration, over 35 global students and faculty members from 12 universities around the world visited the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Three finalist teams were awarded $35,000 collectively in cash prizes to encourage their entrepreneurial endeavors, plus over 250 regional participants were involved or supported the event, including 12 regional technology companies, 18 host families, and 29 sponsors, just to name a few.
Opportunities for the participating teams don’t end with the competition, however. VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to offer further benefits to Global Partnership Week participants.
As an event alumni, contact the VT KnowledgeWorks staff at [email protected] with news to share about your team and/or company successes to feature in the Global Partnership Alumni e-Newsletter.
VT KnowledgeWorks and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center offer all student teams that participated in the 2014 Global Partnership Week free summer work space (beginning June to mid-August 2015) in our research park! Contact the VT KnowledgeWorks staff at [email protected] to make your reservation. Open work space and wi-fi will be available for those teams interested in continuing to work on their concepts and pursuing them as businesses. The teams will be responsible for making their own personal arrangements for the summer but we would be delighted to offer you a home for your business in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center!
Testimonial from the $25,000 Grand Prize Winner, Team feelSpace from the University of Trento, Italy, including Leonardo Stenico, Galena Kostoska, Alberto Parrella, and Julia Wache:
“This event not only educated us from a business standpoint but it was a special cultural experience. Being hosted by local families gave us insights about the culture and we significantly enjoyed our time with them… It was a great opportunity to broaden our business and personal networks in this wonderful, positive atmosphere.” Read more testimonials here.
For more insights into VT KnowledgeWorks Fifth Annual Global Partnership Week, watch this video produced by Virginia Tech’s Outreach & International Affairs.
Feel free to share the video with others. You can also:
- watch the finalist presentations of the Global Student Business Concept Challenge
- view the event photos
- review the publicity generated from this year’s event
- read Outbursts, a monthly publication of Virginia Tech’s Outreach & International Affairs, which shares the best of Virginia Tech with communities across Virginia and around the world.
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 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 Sponsors
Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.