2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor: Pamplin College of Business

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Pamplin photoPictured left to right: Ted Hanson, Brian Callaghan, Edwin Sheridan, and Jeffrey Veatch

Virginia Tech renamed the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Pamplin College of Business In November 2014 in recognition of a joint commitment of $5 million by university alumni Brian Callaghan, Ted Hanson, Edwin “Win” Sheridan, and Jeffrey Veatch. The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is named after the information technology staffing and services company that Callaghan, Sheridan, and Veatch founded in 1995, which Hanson joined as chief financial officer in 1998.

Thank you, Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, for sponsoring the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals!

Virginia Tech student teams will compete at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for $10,000, the $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service, and the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing and the Information Technology prizes will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $5,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge this August.

Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 8, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Registration is free and all attendees will be entered a raffle contest to win a Kindle Fire donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

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