2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Common Wealth Growth Group

Thank you, Common Wealth Growth Group, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!


Common Wealth Growth Group (CWCommon Wealth Growth logoGG) is a venture capital investment firm founded in Roanoke, Virginia in 2016. We believe that people are the key to any successful business, and therefore we invest in exceptional individuals. We use our capital, investor network, industry expertise, and network of connections to accelerate company growth and increase company value. The mission of CWGG is to exponentially improve the growth path of the companies we invest in, and to create jobs and wealth in our region. Though CWGG does invest in other sectors, our primary focus is on regional SaaS (Software as a Service) companies.

Common Wealth Growth CEO Jon Hagmaier

Jon Hagmaier, CEO

Jon Hagmaier is the founder and CEO of Common Wealth Growth Group. As the CEO, he works closely with outside investors to secure financing and industry expertise, and to provide businesses in Common Wealth’s portfolio with the connections and consulting that they need to grow.

Russ Ellis, President of Common Wealth Growth Group

Russ Ellis, President



Russ Ellis has been a technology company founder and entrepreneur for over 25 years. As President he works with prospective companies seeking funding to find creative solutions to fund and inspire growth, with the goal of creating jobs and wealth in the region.

Tom Haus, Common Wealth Group CFO

Tom Haus, Chief Financial Officer


Tom Haus has been involved in all stages of technology businesses, from start-up growth to acquisition over the past 20 years, including 6 years in public accounting. As CFO, Tom calls on his deep experience to establish sustainable processes and accounting practices that scale with business expansion.

Matt Muller, Common Wealth Group

Matt Muller, Technology Guru

Matt Muller comes to the Common Wealth team with 25 years of in-depth engineering and development experience. As a full stack developer, Matt has built everything from platform design and architecture to product implementation. Matt utilizes his experience and skills to evaluate prospective companies to create high growth technology solutions.

Charlie Dorsey, Common Wealth Group

Charlie Dorsey, Associate

Charlie Dorsey is from Roanoke originally, coming to Common Wealth after working in software and compliance. He studied political science at Davidson College, and his business interests are in the areas of technology, efficiency, data, and statistical analytics.


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 Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, 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 week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability, and the event will include a one-hour break to get lunch on your own. Details here.
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  • Serve as a global host family.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Event, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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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

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 CouncilShentel, 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.

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