Registration Opens Virginia Tech’s ACC InVenture Prize

Registration is open for Virginia Tech undergraduate students with a business idea to enter the second annual VT KnowledgeWorks ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech competition. Selected finalists will deliver their ideas and inventions in a 3-minute pitch at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on November 2, 2016.

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The winning team will receive transportation and accommodations to compete against other ACC universities in Atlanta on March 31, 2017, at the ACC InVenture Prize competition, a Shark Tank-style pitch competition offering $30,000 in prize money.

Teams that apply for the ACC InVenture Prize @ Virginia Tech competition will also be automatically entered into the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals 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.

Student teams must register by September 23, 2016, at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/accinventureprize/2016/registration.

Obtain a free ticket to watch the teams present their pitches on November 2, 2016, at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/accinventureprize/2016/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.

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., and Wordsprint.

Register Soon for the 2016 VTKW Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

Register to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals taking place at The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.  The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders.

Agenda:

12:30:  Registration

1:00:  Welcoming Remarks

1:15: iWaste (Shuai Luo, Katherine Olson, Mohan Qin, and Hayden [Hei Tsun] Tse): The integrated microbial electrolysis cell and forward osmosis (MEC-FO) system can achieve the recovery of valuable resources while treating livestock wastewater.  During the treatment process this system can simultaneously recover fresh water, electricity, and ammonia for industrial and agricultural applications.

1:37: Park and Diamond, Inc. (Jordan Klein and David Hall): Our mission is simple: to disrupt the cycling industry with revolutionary products to protect both avid cyclists and commuters.

1:59: Biological Systems and Solids (Jacob Cantor): Biological Systems and Solids is a sewage waste to biofuel producer that helps cement kilns save money on fuel, concrete mixers save money on transporting ash, and municipal wastewater systems save money on disposal.

2:21: Aerial Robotics Foundation (Yuan Lin, Dalton Hare, David Jensen, Atul Kumar, Jason Lin, Jonah Orevillo, and Karim Said): Aerial Robotics Foundation is a community of roboticists and entrepreneurs at Virginia Tech who are committed to developing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle platform for education.

2:45: Break

3:00: Yard Mapper (David Evans and Patrick Acker): Yard Mapper tracks trailers and shipping containers at distribution centers significantly reducing the time required to locate trailers while also reducing related penalty fees.  The system does not require any extensive infrastructure (including Wi-Fi) and can be installed in a matter of hours.

3:22: Leva (Martin Trapero, Marco Perez-MacCollum, and Guillermo Semidey): Leva is designing a wristband device tailored to help individuals learn and improve new skills through haptic passive feedback.  Our product combines neuroscience and wearable technology to provide a new way of learning.

3:44: Haven (Emily Wills, Kirby Emerson, Ruby Kang, Sean Palmer, Chris Dare, Dennis Ahn, and Ashlyn Jenkins): We are Haven.  Our goal is to provide peace of mind through wearable technology and a distinct understanding of our market combined with human nature.  Haven is inconspicuous and fashion-forward, while providing a faster connection to responders.

4:15: Networking Reception and Awards Presentation

This year’s prizes include:

  • $5,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
  • $5,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
  • $10,000 – 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

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 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.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

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.

Attend the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

VTKW Global Challenge SemifinalsVT KnowledgeWorks will host its 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on March 30th at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders.

 Watch as Virginia Tech student teams present their business concepts before a judging panel and live audience and are awarded these amazing prizes:

  • $5,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
  • $5,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
  • $10,000 – 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 byVirginia Tech Pamplin College of Business

Winning student teams will also have the opportunity to compete on a world stage next August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Award.

New this year:

Teams chosen as semifinalists for the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals and consisting only of undergraduate students will also be entered into the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize competition. These teams will deliver a 3-minute pitch in Blacksburg on March 3.

The winning team will represent Virginia Tech in Atlanta on April 6 in a “Shark Tank”-style pitch competition, competing for cash prizes against the best of the ACC’s entrepreneurs before a live audience and panel of judges.

The competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at Virginia Tech. All participants must be full-time, registered students at Virginia Tech with an average team age of 27 years or less to participate and receive prizes if selected as a finalist team. Up to six finalist teams will be selected to present at the Challenge.

The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals contestant registration deadline is February 5, 2016. Attendee tickets are free and include access to the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, networking reception, and awards presentation. Register as a contestant or attendee online at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/gecsemifinals/2016/rules.

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

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

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.

VT KnowledgeWorks Announces Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

On March 30, 2016, 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 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award of $5,000, 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 and 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 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge this August.

The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals contestant registration deadline is February 5, 2016. Attendee tickets are free and include access to the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, networking reception, and awards presentation. Register as a contestant or attendee online at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/gecsemifinals/2016/registration.

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.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

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

Automation Creations, Inc.BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.MeridiumNational Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, 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.

Enter the 2016 VTKW Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

Enter the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, March 30, 2016

VT KnowledgeWorks will host its annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on March 30, 2016. The objectives of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals are to encourage students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, enhance understanding of requirements for a successful business venture, and showcase the creativity of students at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech student teams will compete for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes:

  • The $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
  • The $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service
  • An additional $10,000 grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
  • The $5,000 People’s Choice Award

Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors, the grand prize winner of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals will also receive:

View last year’s grand prize winner here.

People’s Choice
The People’s Choice award will be selected by vote of the event attendees. VT KnowledgeWorks would like all contestants and audience members to participate in honoring the most outstanding teams, based on the judging criteria.  The formal judging panel uses these same criteria to determine the winning team. The team/concept with the highest overall ranking by the attendees, and which is not selected by the judging panel as the grand prize winner, will earn the $5,000 People’s Choice award. The $5,000 will be awarded to the selected team in the form of scholarships.

View last year’s People’s Choice winner here.

The competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at Virginia Tech. All participants must be full-time, registered students at Virginia Tech with an average team age of 27 years or fewer to participate and receive prizes if selected as a finalist team. Up to five finalist teams will be selected to present at the Challenge.

A business concept is an attractive and well-researched market opportunity for which the team has devised a powerful and innovative response, including a viable financial business model. The prize is focused on supporting educational entrepreneurship at an early stage of development. Therefore, applicants are encouraged and expected to have a working prototype, but they must not have received cash investments from private investors, government agency funding beyond research grants, nor offered product(s) for sale except in market survey mode at the time the application form is submitted: February 5, 2016. The judges consider the viability of the market opportunity, the strength of the team’s response, the strength and balance of the team, the overall predictability of a success, and the professionalism of the presentation.

Proposed products/services that support a sustainable environment or specifically address needs of underdeveloped countries are encouraged, but no special credit will be assigned to such business concepts.

The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals contestant registration deadline is February 5, 2016. Attendee tickets are free and include access to the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, networking reception, and awards presentation. Register as a contestant or attendee online athttp://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/gecsemifinals/2016/registration.

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.

New This Year! – ACC Innovation Competition

For undergraduates only, teams chosen as semifinalists will also be entered into the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Innovation Competition. These teams will deliver a 3-minute pitch in Blacksburg on March 3, and the winning team will represent Virginia Tech at the ACC Innovation Competition in Atlanta on April 6.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Semifinals Sponsors include Plastics One Inc.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Watch the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Video

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VT KnowledgeWorks hosted its seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 8.  The Challenge provided a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders.

Virginia Tech student teams competed for $15,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage next August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Award.  Additionally, members of the audience selected their favorite team to win the People’s Choice award of $5,000 in scholarships.

Watch the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals video below, produced by Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs!

 

The winners of the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals are featured here.

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

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

VTKW Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Winners Announced

VT KnowledgeWorks hosted its seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 8.  The Challenge provided a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders.

The Challenge began with welcoming remarks by Dr. Joe Meredith, president of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC).  The VTCRC develops a growing, prestigious research park for high-technology companies.  In collaboration with Virginia Tech, the VTCRC advances the research, educational and technology transfer missions of the university.

Calbico

Left to right: Jeremy Boone and Ben Newman

The grand prize of $15,000 in scholarships was awarded to Calbico, which included team members Ben Newman and Jeremy Boone.  Their prize package included the $10,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product.  In addition to that, they were awarded another $5,000 in scholarship assistance and summer workspace at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.  The Calbico Channel Cleaning Tool is designed for cleaning hard to reach areas in semi-automatic rifles and pistols.  Calbico will also advance to the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge on August 20, 2015, where they will compete on a world stage as teams pitch their business ideas for a $25,000 grand prize.

Beyond Reality

Left to right: Jordan White and Ojas Mhetar

The $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service went to Beyond Reality, represented by Ojas Mhetar and Jordan White.  Beyond Reality is a cloud based platform to host and deliver lag free, high quality virtual reality content via the Internet to the end user.

Flow

Left to right: Megan Lorey, Kevin Aviles, Joselyn Martinez, Ryan Klavan, Joaquin Bur, and Gabriella Jacobsen

Audience members selected their favorite student team to win the People’s Choice award of $5,000 in scholarships, generously sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.  The winning team of the People’s Choice award was Flow, which included team members Kelvin Aviles, Joaquin Bur, Gabriella Jacobsen, Megan Lorey, Joselyn Martinez, and Ryan Klavan.  Flow, the modern sanitary product dispenser aimed at alleviating stress from needing emergency sanitary products.

Other teams that competed in the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals included Advanc3D Materials, Formy Interfaces, Orb, Ryde, and XSprintCT.

RDA

Team RDA: Peter Athanas, Ali Sohanghpurwala, Ryan Marlow, and Krzysztof Kepa

The 2015 Tech Transfer Challenge winner was formally announced at the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals networking reception and awards presentation.  The team of Ryan Marlow, Krzysztof Kepa, Ali Sohanghpurwala, and Peter Athanas was selected as the 2015 winner of the Tech Transfer Challenge.  They are developing the Rapid Design Assembly (RDA) technology to assist hardware engineers who target Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) in electronic designs.  They are currently part of the Configurable Computing Laboratory at Virginia Tech, within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  FPGAs are integrated circuits designed to be configured and reconfigured by the designer after manufacture; they are used extensively in networking, communications, automotive, and aerospace applications.  The current FPGA configuration process is both complicated and time consuming, and their tool, RDA, provides a solution to both of these issues.

RDA receives $100,000 worth of mentorship and business support services over a two-year period, including assistance in developing the overall business strategy as well as the presentations and plan documents needed for investor discussions and product launch.

The Tech Transfer Challenge provides an opportunity for Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students and/or alumni proposing to establish a new venture in Blacksburg, a chance to accelerate their innovative technology transfer from the university to the private sector.

“Congratulations to our winners.  They have exciting prospects, both personally and professionally.  But, just as important, the overall competition was outstanding.  According to our judges, and based on follow-up inquiries by local investors and entrepreneurs, we have possibly identified as many as half a dozen viable startups for our region.” – Jim Flowers, Executive Director, VT KnowledgeWorks

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 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.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

Register by Friday to Attend the VTKW Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

2014 VTKW E-Challenge Step Up To The ChallengeRegistration ends Friday, April 3, for the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals.

Register for free today!

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The Semifinals take place at The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Agenda:

12:30: Registration

1:00: Welcoming Remarks by Joe Meredith, President of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

1:15: Orb (Cody Short): Orb integrates water flavor enhancers into the lid of a reusable water bottle helping its users develop a healthier life by altering their drinking habits.

1:37: Flow (Kelvin Aviles, Joaquin Bur, Gabriella Jacobsen, Megan Lorey, Joselyn Martinez, and Ryan Klavan): Flow, the modern sanitary product dispenser aimed at alleviating stress from needing emergency sanitary products. Designed with the consumer in mind, Flow will contain a higher quality product to make the dispensers profitable, and offer a better customer service.

1:59: XSprintCT (Hao Gong): A carbon-nanotube (CNT) based multi-source micro-focus computed tomography (micro-CT) is proposed for low-radiation-dose and high-quality preclinical imaging. This next-generation micro-CT technology will enable longitudinal, non-invasive, and three-dimensional small animal studies for preclinical researchers.

2:21: Ryde (Blake Duncan and Neil Hartman): Ryde is a mobile application that facilitates college fraternities in delivering their designated driver service.

2:43: Break

3:00: Formy Interfaces (Sky Van Iderstine, Bruce Ayliff, Walker Sensabaugh, Jared Deane, Giancarlo Di Biase, and Tyler Campbell): Formy Interfaces is using additive manufacturing to create custom grips for hand-operated products that enable customers to personalize their most prized possessions in a way that was impossible until now.

3:22: Beyond Reality (Ojas Mhetar and Jordan White): A cloud based platform to host and deliver lag free, high quality virtual reality content via the Internet to the end user.

3:44: Calbico (Ben Newman and Jeremy Boone): The Calbico Channel Cleaning Tool is designed for cleaning hard to reach areas in semi-automatic rifles and pistols. Our cleaning tool cuts down on waste, provides a more thorough clean, and decreases the average cleaning time by forty percent.

4:06: Advanc3D Materials (Nicholas A. Chartrain, Alison R. Schultz, and Justin M. Sirrine): The development of new materials for Additive Manufacturing is required for the successful fabrication of customized orthotic inserts. Advanc3D Materials offers new photo-curable polyurethanes in order to comfortably balance strength and flexibility for each individual’s orthotic need.

4:30: Networking Reception and Awards Presentation

This year’s prizes include:

  • $10,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
  • $10,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
  • $5,000 – 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

Win a Kindle Fire!  All attendees will be entered into the raffle contest.  Must be present to win.  Raffle prize donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

For more details about this event, visit our website at www.vtknowledgeworks.com or contact 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.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

VTKW Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Finalists Announced

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the finalist teams chosen to present their business concepts at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals, taking place on Wednesday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia.

VTKW Global Challenge Semifinals

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

  • Advanc3D Materials
    Nicholas A. Chartrain, Alison R. Schultz, and Justin M. Sirrine

    The development of new materials for Additive Manufacturing is required for the successful fabrication of customized orthotic inserts. Advanc3D Materials offers new photo-curable polyurethanes in order to comfortably balance strength and flexibility for each individual’s orthotic need.

  • Beyond Reality
    Ojas Mhetar and Jordan White

    A cloud based platform to host and deliver lag free, high quality virtual reality content via the Internet to the end user.

  • Calbico
    Ben Newman and Jeremy Boone

    The Calbico Channel Cleaning Tool is designed for cleaning hard to reach areas in semi-automatic rifles and pistols. Our cleaning tool cuts down on waste, provides a more thorough clean, and decreases the average cleaning time by forty percent.

  • Flow
    Kelvin Aviles, Joaquin Bur, Gabriella Jacobsen, Megan Lorey, Joselyn Martinez, and Ryan Klavan

    Flow, the modern sanitary product dispenser aimed at alleviating stress from needing emergency sanitary products. Designed with the consumer in mind, Flow will contain a higher quality product to make the dispensers profitable, and offer a better customer service.

  • Formy Interfaces
    Sky Van Iderstine, Bruce Ayliff, Walker Sensabaugh, Jared Deane, Giancarlo Di Biase, and Tyler Campbell

    Formy Interfaces is using additive manufacturing to create custom grips for hand-operated products that enable customers to personalize their most prized possessions in a way that was impossible until now.

  • Orb
    Cody Short

    Orb integrates water flavor enhancers into the lid of a reusable water bottle helping its users develop a healthier life by altering their drinking habits.

  • Ryde
    Blake Duncan and Neil Hartman

    Ryde is a mobile application that facilitates college fraternities in delivering their designated driver service.

  • XSprintCT
    Hao Gong

    A carbon-nanotube (CNT) based multi-source micro-focus computed tomography (micro-CT) is proposed for low-radiation-dose and high-quality preclinical imaging. This next-generation micro-CT technology will enable longitudinal, non-invasive, and three-dimensional small animal studies for preclinical researchers.

This year’s prizes include:

  • $10,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
  • $10,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
  • $5,000 – 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

For more details about this event, visit our website at www.vtknowledgeworks.com or contact 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.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor: Plastics One Inc.

2015 VTKW Sponsor: Plastics One Inc.

Plastics One has been partnering directly with OEMs worldwide since 1949 by working together to provide solutions to industry needs.

As an ISO 13485 and 9001 certified full-service medical component manufacturer the focus is on designing and building custom cable and connector assemblies with unique design requirements. The engineers and R&D teams are hands on, and ready to help bring ideas to life – we make things happen.

The facility encompasses over 85,000 square feet and offers in-house design engineering, research and development, a state of the art toolroom, diverse plastic injection molding, assembly and packaging services. The quality management system subjects products to rigorous inspection before they are shipped to the customer. Plastics One also has nine ISO Class 8, 100,000 Cleanrooms with two ISO Class 7, 10,000 Cleanrooms which are utilized for molding, assembly and packaging parts for the medical device industry.

Thank you, Plastics One Inc., for sponsoring the 2015 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 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for $10,000, the $10,000 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 and the Information Technology prizes will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $5,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge this August.

Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 8, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Registration is free and all attendees will be entered a raffle contest to win a Kindle Fire donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

Keep in the know about VT KnowledgeWorks through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

VT KnowledgeWorks 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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, PC, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint