2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor Showcase: Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

 

VTCRC - Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

Established in 1985, the 230-acre Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) boasts more than 33 buildings with nearly 3,000 employees and is home to more than 180 research, technology and support companies. The VTCRC is a for-profit wholly-owned, private subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation. The VTCRC strives to develop a growing, prestigious research park for high-technology companies and in collaboration with the university, advance the research, educational and technology transfer missions of Virginia Tech. www.vtcrc.com

Thank you, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, for sponsoring the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals!

Virginia Tech student teams will compete at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product, the $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service, and the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing or the Information Technology award will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $10,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge this August.

Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 12, from 1-6 p.m. Registration is free.

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, 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.

Global Partnership Alumni News

2017 Mentions:

weview_Feb 2017v2February 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 SpotlightPark & 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.

Latest 2016 Mentions:

Ledsreact_Dec 2016December Alumni SpotlightTeam 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 contact@ledsreact.be, or go to their website at www.ledsreact.be.

November Alumni SpotlightTeam 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.

2017 Global Partnership Opportunities

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership

 

innovationGlobal Challenge Virtual Preliminary

Full-time university student teams from anywhere in the world, outside of the U.S., have the chance to win up to $5,000 in travel expenses to attend and advance to the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge and compete on a global stage for the $25,000 grand prize, August 17-26, 2017, in the U.S. Teams will compete virtually to win one spot in the August Challenge, as they showcase their entrepreneurial ideas and test their business concepts. Registration is free.

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challenge_winnerGlobal Partnership Event

The Eighth Annual Global Partnership Event, August 17-26, 2017, offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks. Members of the partnership gather annually for an event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

VT KnowledgeWorks offers 14 universities worldwide an opportunity to nominate a student team to compete and present their business concepts for a $25,000 grand prize at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. The Eighth Annual Event includes a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., August 17-19, as well as a week-long celebration of entrepreneurship in Roanoke-Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, August 19-26, for both Student and University Track attendees. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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VTCRC Blacksburg VAUSA Summer Work Experience

The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is offering free summer work space to any student team that participated in the 2016 Global Partnership Event. Beginning June through mid-August, alumni teams can enjoy open work space and wi-fi for free who are interested in continuing to work on their concepts and pursuing them as businesses in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Teams are responsible for making their own personal arrangements for the summer. To learn more about this opportunity or to make your reservation for summer 2017, please contact info@vtkwglobal.com.

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.

2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor Showcase: Plastics One Inc.

Plastics One 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor

Plastics One is a full-service contract manufacturer located in Roanoke, VA. Since 1949, we’ve been partnering with OEMs worldwide for specific design and product needs – a track record that promises you the power of our connecting abilities in superior manufacturing and customer service. We are proud to design and custom manufacture medical cables and cable assemblies, connectors, and provide injection, insert, and cleanroom molding with in-house tooling and design services. The engineers and R&D teams are hands on, and ready to help bring ideas to life – we make things happen.
www.plastics1.com
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Thank you, Plastics One, for sponsoring the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals!

Virginia Tech student teams will compete at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product, the $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service, and the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing or the Information Technology award will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $10,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge this August.

Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 12, from 1-6 p.m. Registration is free.

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, 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.

Announcing the 2017 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

VTKW 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Sponsors

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to acknowledge and thank our 2017 sponsors who make possible the various programs and events we offer each year such as:

  • Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, awarding $25,000 in scholarships to Virginia Tech students, including:
    • $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product
    • $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service
    • $10,000 awarded as an additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
    • $5,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business
  • Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, giving one student team from anywhere in the world $5,000 in air travel reimbursement for a chance to compete on a world stage at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge
  • Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, awarding $40,000 in cash prizes, including:
    • $10,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product
    • $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service
    • $15,000 awarded as an additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
    • $5,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs
  • The Entrepreneurship Option workshop, an interactive workshop to help one identify what it takes and what it means to be a true entrepreneur instead of an employee

Our generous 2017 VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors who make this all possible are:

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&TThe 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, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals sponsors include Plastics One Inc., Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, and Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

Stay connected with us and the VT KnowledgeWorks events offered in 2017 at www.vtknowledgeworks.com/event/calendar.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at jim.flowers@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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.

VT KnowledgeWorks Announces 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

On April 12, 2017, VT KnowledgeWorks will host its annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia. Virginia Tech student teams will compete for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product, the $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service, and the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing or the Information Technology prizes will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $10,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge this August.
The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals competitor registration deadline is February 10, 2017. Attendee tickets are free and include access to the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, networking reception, and awards presentation. Register as a competitor or attendee at www.vtknowledgeworks.com.

innovation VT KnowledgeWorks Announces Global Entrepreneurship Challenge SemifinalsBusinesses can get details about advertising during this event by contacting Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext. 3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals including Plastics One Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at jim.flowers@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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.

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.

Virginia Tech Team Registration Open – Win Up to $40,000

Virginia Tech students are invited to develop their entrepreneurship ideas, enhance their understanding of a successful business venture, and showcase their creativity at the ninth annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals.

Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

Students compete to earn $15,000 in scholarships and eligibility for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge finals next August, where student teams from around the world compete for the $25,000 grand prize. All participants must be full-time students at Virginia Tech, and the average age of the team must be less than 28.

To enter, submit a 1-page summary of your business concept by February 10, 2017, at www.vtknowledgeworks.com. A panel of faculty and local entrepreneurial business leaders choose semifinalists to then submit a 3-5 page business concept document by March 3, 2017.

Finalists are chosen by a panel of local entrepreneurial business leaders and investors. VT KnowledgeWorks assists the finalists in the preparation of their presentations. Finalists present their business concepts at the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on April 12, 2017, at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals contestant registration deadline is February 10, 2017.

Businesses can get details about advertising during this event by contacting Christine Spalding at 540-443-9100 ext. 3 or via email at christine.spalding@vtknowledgeworks.com.

VT KnowledgeWorks wants to thank our generous sponsors of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals including Plastics One Inc. and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at jim.flowers@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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.

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.

ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech Winner Announced

The winning team of the second annual ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech competition was selected on November 2, 2016, by a panel of local business leaders at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia. The ACC InVenture Prize is an innovation competition in which teams of undergraduates representing each ACC university pitch their inventions or businesses before a live audience and a panel of judges.

 

Tech Wound Solutions Winner in the ACC Inventure Prize @ Virginia Tech

Tech Wound Solutions winner in the 2016 ACC Inventure Prize @ Virginia Tech

Tech Wound Solutions, which included team members Juliana Downey, Tucker King, Kimberly Wyluda, and Elisabeth Rebholz, will advance to the ACC InVenture Prize competition at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 30 and 31, 2017, where they will deliver a 3-minute pitch before a live television audience to compete against other ACC universities for $30,000 in prizes. Tech Wound Solutions aims to bring better health care to patients with chronic wounds by implementing an innovative solution. This new form of treatment involves reforming the way you look at active care.

Tech Wound Solutions will also compete against Virginia Tech finalist student teams on April 12, 2017, at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award of $5,000 for the most outstanding tangible product, the $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service, and the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing or Information Technology awards will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $10,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge next August.

To read more about all finalists of the ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech, go to http://www.insidevtknowledgeworks.com/2016/10/acc-inventure-prize-virginia-tech-finalists-announced.html.

Tickets to the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals are free and include access to the student presentations, networking reception, and awards ceremony. Register online at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/gecsemifinals/2017/registration.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at jim.flowers@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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.

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.

Announcing the 2017 VTKW Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary

VT KnowledgeWorks presents the third annual Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, where university teams from anywhere outside the U.S. have the opportunity to test the strategic essence of their business concept for a chance to compete on a world stage next August at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.  The Virtual Preliminary celebrates the energy and creativity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy, while encouraging them to develop their entrepreneurial ideas.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership

Preliminary contestants compete to earn up to $5,000 in air travel reimbursement to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge finals, August 17-26, 2017.  The August finals begins with a two-day trip to Washington D.C., where student teams will sightsee at museums and monuments, participate in private tours, and enjoy celebratory meals.  The group then travels to Roanoke and Blacksburg, Virginia, August 19-26, where the winning team of the Virtual Preliminary will compete against other student teams from around the world for the $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks trophy.  During this week-long celebration of entrepreneurship in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region, students are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, and enjoy fellowship with each other and with Virginia Tech students during festive meals and social gatherings.

For more information on the eligibility requirements, rules, and guidelines for the preliminary, go to http://www.vtkwglobal.com/2017/prelim.  The first deadline requires institutions to submit an “intent to support” online registration by midnight EDT of March 3, 2017, committing that at least one student team from their university will participate in the Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary.  Registration is free. After submissions are received, institutions will receive an electronic participation package of helpful resources to help teams maximize their chances of winning. Student teams will then submit a one-page summary of the business concept by following the one-page submission guidelines by midnight EDT of March 31, 2017.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at jim.flowers@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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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 are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

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.

ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech Finalists Announced

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the finalist teams chosen to present their business concepts at the second annual ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech competition taking place on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

acc inventure @ virginia tech competition

The ACC InVenture Prize is an innovation competition in which teams of undergraduates representing each ACC university pitch their inventions or businesses before a live audience and a panel of judges. Teams will compete for $30,000 in prizes and a chance to be the next ACCIP winner. Virginia Tech teams will deliver a 3-minute pitch in Blacksburg on November 2, and the winning team will represent Virginia Tech at the ACC InVenture Prize competition in Atlanta in March 2017, broadcast live on television and streamed online.

The five Virginia Tech student teams competing for the grand prize include:

  • BioactiVT (Andy Cohen, Ahmad Edrees, Angad Verma, David Hall, Eddie Krutyanskiy, Elan Ahronovich, Eryney Marrogi, Ethan Hodges, Gavin Vess, Gina Muan, Harrison Lavery, Jay Pennington, Kevin Dennis, Lan Le, Lucy Epshteyn, Mishu Barua, Sarah Adam, Sarah Sandquist, Skyler Grunberg, and Travis Swann): Tempo is a solar-powered pulse oximeter designed to improve medical monitoring in low-resource settings such as developing regions.
  • DESA (Anusha Kumar, Srikar Manjuluri, Alyssa Bushhouse, Stephen Lynn, Loukas Valaes, Jonathan Briganti, and Brian Elliott): DESA is a platform application for smart devices, tablets, and computers that houses multiple modules to assess mental well-being and securely integrates with the existing hospital electronic health records.
  • Dough 4 Degrees (Danielle Jeffers): Dough 4 Degrees has been teaching students how to earn scholarships and graduate debt-free since January of 2016. We are pivoting to simplify the scholarship process for applicants through a scholarship tracking app. It will make it easier to track your success and communicate with your team of editors, recommenders, and resources.
  • Exercise Experience (David Thames and Noah Miller): Making virtual reality exercising enjoyable and affordable. Using our cheap DIY bike rig, a smartphone, and crowdsourced 360-degree videos collected from our partners and motivated users, users can virtually bike through adventurous trails and exotic locations from the comfort of their home.
  • Tech Wound Solutions (Juliana Downey, Tucker King, Kimberly Wyluda, and Elisabeth Rebholz): Tech Wound Solutions aims to bring better health care to patients with chronic wounds by implementing an innovative solution. This new form of treatment involves reforming the way you look at active care.

Teams that applied for the ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech competition will also be automatically entered into the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals competition on April 12, 2017, to compete for $15,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to face global contenders on a world stage next summer for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Award.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at jim.flowers@vtknowledgeworks.com. 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.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust Company, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchool, Rackspace, Shentel,SimulTV, SMBW, SunTrust 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., andWordsprint.