February Alumni Spotlight – Team weview, winner of the 2016 Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary and finalist of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, officially launched their website and new platform – https://weview.tv. With weview, customers can find the exact products they were looking for online by using their platform that combines user videos with personal reviews, as well as interactive elements to revolutionize the shopping experience. The company has expanded to four employees and they are currently raising their first financial round.
January Alumni Spotlight – Park & Diamond, the $25,000 grand prize winner of the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, is making progress with their product’s intellectual property and final design. David Hall and Jordan Klein, the founders of Park & Diamond, desire to improve cycling safety by creating an ultra portable helmet that eliminates bulkiness and the stigma of current bicycle helmets. They are working with the Virginia Tech Investor Network (VTIN) to begin a round of seed funding in the near future.
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December Alumni Spotlight – Team Ledsreact, a 2016 finalist of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, will release their first indoor product version around March 2017. “Direction Indoor” is a smart, interactive sports cone that will train the reaction speed and agility of athletes. You can support them on Kickstarter by the end of February. To learn more, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to their website at www.ledsreact.be.
November Alumni Spotlight – Team CoatChecker from the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge won stage one of Venture Kick in the amount of $10,000! CoatChecker will advance to Venture Kick’s second stage and compete in March 2017 for the $20,000 prize. Their company will be founded this month, as they continue to work on their business model. CoatChecker is a new and innovative measuring device that can measure the thickness of sealing layers used widely in the construction sector. The device uses a new method which significantly improves measuring time and does not destroy the measured layer. It will help construction companies around the world to save time and money.
VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.