Announcing the 2017 Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary Winner

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, Team Cohex, who will advance to this year’s Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.VT Knowledgeworks virtual preliminary winner Team Cohex

Cohex is a system made to keep the perfect humidity level during fruit and vegetable exportation. Team members Luckas Fonck, Maurizio Canessa, and Josefa Villanueva represent Adolfo Ibáñez University in Santiago, Chile.

As part of their prize, Team Cohex 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 17-26, 2017. The event begins with a two-day trip in Washington, D.C., to enjoy sightseeing trips to museums and monuments, and participate in private tours.  The winning team will enjoy the rest of the event in Roanoke and Blacksburg, Virginia, for a week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, as they compete against other global finalist teams for the $25,000 grand prize in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.

There will be 13 student teams competing in the Eighth Annual Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for the $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge trophy from Alexandria University, Egypt; Ghent University, Belgium; King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico; University of British Columbia, Canada; University of Kent, England; University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; University of Trento, Italy; Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Virginia Tech, USA; ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland; and Adolfo Ibáñez University, Chile.

The Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas and showcase their creativity, as well as enhance their understanding of the requirements for a successful business venture. University teams tested their business concept by confirming that their idea meets a customer need, occupies a differentiated position in the marketplace, and has a viable business model and value proposition.

Learn more about Team Cohex and the four other finalists who competed in this year’s Virtual Preliminary by viewing their team profiles at

Admission to the Global Student Challenge finals on August 24, 2017, is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at

For more details about this event, visit our website at or contact Lindsey Eversole at 540-443-9100 ext. 2 or via email at [email protected]

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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