VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the winner of the Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, Team weview, who will advance to this year’s Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.
Team weview’s goal is to revolutionize shopping by combining the medium of our time – video – with personal reviews of real users and interactive elements, so that customers can find the exact products they were looking for. Team members Jakob von Egidy, Leopold von Waldthausen, Christoph Proeschel, and Igor Suslov represent Technical University of Munich (TUM), in Munich, Germany.
As part of their prize, Team weview will receive up to $5,000 in travel expenses to Washington, D.C., Blacksburg, and Roanoke, Virginia, to participate in the Global Partnership Event, August 11-20, 2016. The event begins with a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., where student teams will sightsee at museums and monuments and participate in tours. The group then travels to Roanoke and Blacksburg, Virginia, August 13-20, where student teams will be housed by local families, receive coaching from successful technology companies, and enjoy fellowship and celebratory meals with Virginia Tech students and other regional attendees.
There will be 15 student teams competing in the Seventh Annual Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for the $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge trophy from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, and USA (Virginia Tech).
This year’s prizes include:
- $10,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
- $10,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
- $15,000 – An additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
- $5,000 – People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs
VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., Blacksburg, and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing, cooperative association of regions building permanent social and academic relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a weeklong Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.
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, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust Company, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool Assessment & Analytics, Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBW, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.