We Invite You to Serve as a 2017 Global Host Family


VT Knowledgeworks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge

VT KnowledgeWorks invites you to be a host family for this year’s Global Partnership Event, August 17-26, 2017. Rounding up enough host families for our group of eager, global university students seems to be the most challenging component each year, so we would appreciate you joining our team of hosts or referring us to others who may be interested.

The 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 Blacksburg and Roanoke.

The Student Track celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy by means of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for students to compete globally for a $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks trophy.  While in Blacksburg, the teams are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, enjoy fellowship with Virginia Tech students, and attend a formal awards banquet.

VT KnowledgeWorks host family for Global Entrepreneurship Challenge

Thanks to the generous support of host families, participating global university students are housed with local residents of the New River Valley during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event (GPE), August 19-26.  In summary, host families provide:

  • Lodging for one or more visiting global students from Saturday night, August 19 through Friday morning, August 25.
  • Some of the dinners during the week and breakfast every morning except for Thursday, August 24.
  • Some of the daily transportation needs of student(s) throughout the event week.

As a token of our appreciation, VT KnowledgeWorks invites host families to attend the awards banquet and celebration. The event agenda listed below ONLY highlights the host family responsibilities. Closer to the event, we will provide a more detailed event agenda. A summary of the activities and events offered to our visiting, global students will be continuously updated at www.vtkwglobal.com/2017studentagenda.

Let us know you will be a global host family!

Contact Lindsey Eversole, [email protected] for more information or if you have questions.

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vtkw squareVT 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.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include: Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentelSunTrust 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.

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