Meet the Winners of the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

We’re excited to share with you pictures of the winners of the the Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event held on August 11-20, 2016. This unique opportunity gave student teams and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

The competition winners are:

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Grand Prize Winner ($15,000) and Winner of the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award ($10,000) – $25,000
Pictured left to right: Jordan Klein and David Hall of Virginia Tech, USA


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Winner of the VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award – $10,000
Pictured left to right: Dr. Joe Meredith, of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, as well as Jan Schroeder, Tommaso Armstrong, Hartley Pike, Samuel McDonnell, and Monique Potts from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.


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Winner of the People’s Choice Award – $5,000
Pictured left to right: Rayyan Sorefan, Dr. Karl Markgraf of Virginia Tech’s Outreach & International Affairs, Cesare Dunker, and Marcus Wright of the University of Kent, England, as well as Dr. Joe Meredith of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

To learn more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, visit our website at To view a list of all participating University Partners from around the world, go to

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship-building possible: Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchoolRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust 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.

For a complete list of other contributors of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event, please visit our website at

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 is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

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