2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Thank you, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

Apex Systems CIE

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 KnowledgeWorksVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia 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.
  • Advertise
  • 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].

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

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 GroupApex Systems Center for Innovation and EntrepreneurshipAutomation Creations, Inc.BAE SystemsBB&TThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & Company, LLPCarilion ClinicCelaneseCity of RoanokeClick & PledgeCommonwealth GroupEDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc.Meridium from GE DigitalNational BankPlastics One Inc.RackspaceRoanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentelSMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgUnion Bank & TrustVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech’s Outreach and International AffairsVPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Global Partnership Alumni Updates

Updates on Some of the Past Global Student Challenge Finalists

 

US flag$25,000 Grand Prize Winner in 2016

Park & Diamond, Virginia Tech, USA

Jordan Klein and David Hall

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Park & Diamond is dedicated to improving cycling safety and is excited to say that their ultraportable helmet is progressing towards production. The success and momentum from the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge has led the team to continue product development, draft utility patents, participate in additional competitions, and approach marketing firms and manufacturers. In April 2017, Park & Diamond took first place and $7,500 at the Union Innovation Challenge at Virginia Tech, as well as the $100,000 grand prize at the EIX E-Fest in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They recently won the Red Bull Launchpad competition held in New York City and were accepted to the 2020 Startups NYC (www.2020startups.nyc). The company is headquartered in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, as they work towards a product launch of Q1 2018 to have their helmets available at the start of the cycling season. With the encouragement and guidance of VT KnowledgeWorks, they continue to progress toward their goal of making every bike ride a safe ride.

Australia flag$10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award in 2016

Construction Cloud, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Hartley Pike, Samuel McDonnell, Tommaso Armstrong, and Jan Schroeder

Construction Cloud offers a photo library stored in the cloud for construction teams, allowing them to create a visual timeline of their project from start to finish. Construction Cloud saves the construction industry time, improves team communication, and protects companies in disputes. Since the Challenge, Construction Cloud has secured 10 paid projects, closed a $500,000 angel round, and continues to grow their team. As a result of the Challenge, they received positive media coverage, used their prize money to continue to grow their company, and completed their site visit and customer discovery with Branch Constructions, a US construction firm. They are preparing their product for global scalability and completed an accelerator program at Startmate, which is ranked one of the top five accelerators in the world.

$5,000 People’s Choice Winner in 2016

eLog, University of Kent, England

Cesare Dunker and Rayyan Sorefan

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eLog continues to advance and turn their humanitarian enterprise into a reality. eLog has created a revolutionary application to help displaced people across the world fleeing political persecution and war by assisting refugees as they map their migration and provide evidence of their journey when applying for asylum. Cesare and Rayyan continue to work on the project and their team has doubled in size. Their prototype is being developed summer of 2017 within the University of Kent and the technology will be ready for testing at the end of the year. While development is underway, the entrepreneurs continue to expand their network and focus on showcasing the product to the right audience. If you wish to follow the progress of eLog, go to www.eLog.guide. Team eLog is looking forward to delivering this service to the people who need it the most and thanks VT KnowledgeWorks for their support of projects around the world.

Other Finalist Mentions from the 2016 Challenge

CoatChecker, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland: CoatChecker won two stages of Venture Kick, amounting in $30,000. CoatChecker will advance to Venture Kick’s final stage and compete for the $100,000 grand prize. Their company is founded, and 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 save time and money.

Ledsreact, Ghent University, Belgium: Ledsreact released 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. It will be used in rehabilitation and sports all over the world, for example in Greece and Singapore. To learn more, go to their website at www.ledsreact.be.

weview, Technical University of Munich, Germany: weview, winner of the 2016 Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, 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 include seven employees and raised a seed round of 300K € with two experienced business angels. The money will be spent to achieve a proof of market, validate the business model, and collect key performance indicators for a larger round of fundraising.

Thailand flag$25,000 Grand Prize Winner in 2015

Visionear, King Mongkuts University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand

Nuntipat Narkthong, Budsapanee Pongsiriyaporn, Natthaphat Laoharawee, Gaywalee Laimloha

Two of the team members, Nuntipat and Budsapanee, are continuing to work on Visionear, smart glasses for those who are visually impaired. Visionear will incorporate this July under the name of InGarage Assistive, Co., Ltd. Currently, the new company is preparing to launch the first Visionear in its product line, which will be the mobile app for the blind. In addition to the $75,000 raised previously, the new company received an additional $55,000 in 2017 from a Thai government agency. This amount will be used to fund the effort in research and development of extra features and launching of a mobile app. They continue to expand their network with organizations for the visually impaired, as well as potential investors.

Colombia$15,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award in 2015

Animus, Universidad del Norte, Colombia

Alfonso Quijano Jesurum, Jose Gómez Castro

Animus Ingeniería is a technology-based company with expertise in video analytics and telemetry that combines face recognition, automatic vehicle location, and inventory control technology that helps companies in Latin America affected by highway banditry or merchandise theft in vehicles transporting goods over land. Animus recently joined forces with a company, DCT (Digital Com Tech), utilizing some of their hardware and software services, while tapping into their clientele network to grow. They are in the process of seeking outside funding, and they have hired two new engineers to assist with their continued growth.

Italy$25,000 Grand Prize Winner in 2014

feelSpace, University of Trento, Italy

Leonardo Stenico, Galena Kostoska, Alberto Parrella, Julia Wache

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The feelSpace company, based on the business model of the tactile compass belt, has been founded since November 2015. Julia Wache continues to work for feelSpace. During 2016, the navigation belt hardware was further developed and financed through eXIST seed financing from Germany. In February 2017, a local investor invested 600K € into the company to secure final stages of development. feelSpace launched their first beta series in March and they are currently delivering navigation belts to their first customers. In April 2017, they participated in a major design exhibition where they presented the belt from a different angle: as an inclusive fun game for everyone. To learn more, go to their website at www.feelSpace.de or contact them at [email protected].

Chile$5,000 People’s Choice Winner in 2014

DD-MOff, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Andrea Carolina Mohr Beckdorf, Trinidad Schlotterbeck Suárez, Alison Kareen Scheuch González

DD-MOff is a natural product designed to be applied on any object that is in contact with the algae Didymo to reduce the chance of dissemination to new environments, while not affecting other ecosystems. Recent external studies validated the technical components of their business idea, by validating the effectiveness of the product. They are currently evaluating economical options to register the product and go to market.


France$25,000 Grand Prize Winner in 2013

Auticiel, Télécom Ecole de Management, France

Sarah Cherruault, François Dupayrat

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Auticiel develops innovative digital solutions to help people with cognitive and mental disabilities lead independent lives. Auticiel apps and tablets are assistive learning tools that can be adapted to the needs and abilities of each individual, such as communication, spatial-temporal references, or social skills. An experienced team of engineers design and test its solutions in collaboration with the final users and their caregivers (parents, professionals, etc.), as well as medical and educational institutions (UNAPEI, French Federation Sesame Autism, John Bost Foundation, Léopold Bellan Foundation). Development is overseen by a scientific committee composed of neuroscientists, psychologists, and speech therapists. The company delivers AMIKEO apps, the broadest range of tablet apps dedicated to children and adults with cognitive and mental disabilities, which 120,000+ users worldwide have downloaded to date. With the conclusion of a Series A round of 1M€ in early 2017, Auticiel is now expanding into the field of empowering the caregivers, whether they are professionals or not. A new set of smart tools ranging from data analytics to remote coaching enables them to better understand and leverage these digital solutions throughout their caregiving process. Auticiel has been awarded with several acknowledgements in Europe where it operates, including “Handicap and Innovation, autonomy to all ages of life and universal design,” from a national competition organized by the French Ministry of Health in February 2017. To learn more, please email [email protected] or visit http://auticiel.com.


Australia$5,000 Second Place Winner in 2013

Roka, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Conchita De Souza, Janek Gonsalkorale, Paridhi Jain, and Natalia Krslovic

The founder of Roka, Kimberley Abbott, handed Roka back to the 40K Group, a leader in social entrepreneurship space, in order to progress the business further. Roka was a social microenterprise project established to improve the status of women and to increase education and economic empowerment for the women of Maranahali Bande quarry in Bangalore, India, by employing them to make jewelry. One of the original team members, Conchita, continued her passion for international development and social enterprise and has been working in India for the last few years on social entrepreneurship in underprivileged communities, while the other team members went on to work at consulting and marketing companies.

Italy$5,000 People’s Choice Winner in 2013

GraphInsight, University of Trento, Italy

Michele Dallachiesa, Gintare Simkute, Alice Porrà

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GraphInsight is now an open-source project. Former team member Michele Dallachiesa has launched a new business. Skysense builds commercial-grade Drone Charging Stations and Turn-Key Solutions, based on proprietary technology, enabling businesses to deploy drones at scale, without human intervention. Skysense partners with enterprises at the forefront of the security, inspection, logistics, and defense markets. After spending six months at Start-Up Chile, Skysense joined the first class of the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars. They were the first place winners of the 2016 NASA Europe Challenge. Recently, Michele moved on to Minodes.com in Berlin as Senior Data Engineer.

     

Canada$5,000 Runner-up Team in 2011

OOHLALA Mobile, University of Toronto, Canada

Peter Cen, James Dang

OOHLALA is a mobile platform running in over 200 colleges in eight countries, enabling students to interface with every aspect of their campus. The company is already profitable, tripling in size in 2016 and two thirds of its customers sign on for three years up front. They recently participated in the Y-Combinator accelerator and raised $4 million for a Series A Round. OOHLALA is located in Montreal with a team of over 20 people and was selected for Top 30 Under 30 in Education for Forbes Magazine in 2015.

     

UK$25,000 Grand Prize Winner in 2010

Ecosy, Queen’s University, Northern Ireland

Colm Connolly, Vincent Murray

Although Team Ecosy’s original concept, a renewable energy heating system, is not being pursued, Colm Connolly has launched a new business. Connolly founded and successfully launched Rucksnacks in July 2016. Rucksnacks signature product is a high protein 100% Irish beef jerky snack. It has proved popular in Ireland with demand regularly outstripping supply! Since launching, Rucksnacks has started to supply local gyms and a major retailer. In 2016, Rucksnacks won the Ireland Most Innovative Packaging Award for its cracked black pepper packaging. Continuing to build on early success, Rucksnacks continues to develop and innovate continuously while working on new flavors. They only use 100% Irish beef and natural ingredients, nothing artificial! They are in the process of establishing their own production facility in Co. Monaghan, Ireland, allowing them to expand into more markets and grow, with the hopes of exporting into the USA in the future. Learn more at https://rucksnacks.com.

Israel

$5,000 Runner-up Team in 2010

EasyCheck, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel

Shahar Peled, Hadas Geva, Inbal Gutman

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Although EasyCheck is no longer being pursued as a business, one of the team members, Shahar Peled, started his own company called ArTack Medical. ArTack Medical is developing the “eTack,” which is a novel, motorized, articulated hernia mesh fixation device. It is designed for laparoscopic repair, as well as open surgery, and can be adapted into robotic surgery platforms and used with any current available mesh. ArTack Medical is a privately held medical device company, and is currently pursuing strategic partners in the USA and China.

A Global View of the Eighth Annual Global Partnership Event

The Eighth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event will bring together university students and faculty from all over the world to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington D.C., and Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, August 17-26, 2017.

During this event, elite student teams will compete in a Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge as they pitch their business ideas for a $25,000 prize.

We mean “from all over the world.” Here’s a global view of our University Partners who will bring students and faculty to Washington D.C., and Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, August 17-26, 2017.

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, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial 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.

  • 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.
  • Advertise
  • 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].

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

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.

Announcing Members of the 2017 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership

 

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event

VT KnowledgeWorks hosts its eighth annual Global Partnership Event on August 17-26, 2017. University students, faculty, and staff from all over the world will congregate, collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks.

The Global Partnership is a multi-layered, ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social and academic relationships. This year’s 14 participating university partners include 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; Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador; 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; and ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. The 14th finalist team, winner of the Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary, is Team Cohex of Adolfo Ibáñez University in Santiago, Chile. Cohex is a system made to keep the perfect humidity level during fruit and vegetable exportation and will be represented by student team members Luckas Fonck, Maurizio Canessa, and Josefa Villanueva.

The Global Partnership is hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and the citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Two concurrent tracks offered during the Global Partnership Event address the particular globalization issues faced by student entrepreneurs and innovative universities.

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. The event begins with a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., where student teams will sightsee at museums and monuments and participate in tours. The group then travels to RoanokeBlacksburg, Virginia, August 19-26, where student teams will be housed by local families, receive coaching from successful technology companies, and enjoy fellowship and celebratory meals with Virginia Tech students and other regional attendees.

Another key element of the week is a stimulating multi-university roundtable event at Virginia Tech, where faculty members participating in the University Track will discuss and exchange best practices and provide an update on their entrepreneurship support programs, as well as new innovations and initiatives being conducted at their institution. Participants of the University Track enjoy celebratory meals with a regional audience and have numerous opportunities to network, partner, and do business with each other. They also attend the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge and awards banquet.

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

These generous sponsors make this very special event of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship-building possible: Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE Digital, 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 Techs Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

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.

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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].

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

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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Allegheny Logistics Group

Thank you, Allegheny Logistics Group, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

Allegheny Logistics Group

Jim Loux (right), the Founder and President of Allegheny Brokerage Co. Inc., delivered the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy to Vincent Murray (left) of team Ecosy from Queen’s University, Belfast. Their winning business concept of the 2010 Global Student Challenge was a wood pellet fueled patio heater that reduces fuel costs, increases mobility, and reduces the environmental impact of patio heaters used for outdoor dining and entertaining.

The Allegheny Logistics Group is an umbrella identity covering Allegheny Brokerage Co. Inc. and Allegheny Logistics Services Inc.  The Allegheny Logistics Group and the Allegheny Companies provide full service support in all areas of exportation and importation of goods through a network of agents and partners in more than 80 cities around the world.  This support includes ocean and air freight, inland transport, warehousing, and freight management services.  Additionally we provide knowledgeable consulting and training services regarding compliance with U.S. Government export and import regulations.

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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].

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

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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Wordsprint

Thank you, Wordsprint, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

Wordsprint
Wordsprint is a regional marketing services provider with in-house design, print, and mail capabilities, specializing in multi-channel advertising campaigns for area businesses, and fundraising drives for non-profit organizations. With a new office in the Corporate Research Center at Virginia Tech, Wordsprint now employs 19 people in its Virginia locations, and utilizes state-of-the-art database management with variable data printing technology to target specific demographic markets. Wordsprint has won numerous awards as one of the best-managed companies in the United States, including a 2012 Platinum RAVE Award for the best customer service in the entire marketing/printing/mailing industry.

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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].

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

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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: The Branch Group, Inc.

Thank you, The Branch Group, Inc., for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

The Branch GroupPictured above (left to right): Ernie Caldwell, President of GJ Hopkins, Inc.; Craig Floyd, President of Branch & Associates, Inc.; Will Karbach, CEO of The Branch Group; and Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks.

The Branch Group, Inc., headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, is an employee-owned construction company whose work touches all aspects of the built environment through its subsidiaries: Branch & Associates, Inc., Branch Civil, Inc., and G. J. Hopkins, Inc. The Branch Group portfolio includes building infrastructure from highways and bridges, Higher Education, Healthcare, and Government, to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems that make a facility operational. One such project in 2003 is the above-pictured VT KnowledgeWorks office building, constructed by Branch & Associates. In 2015, Engineering News-Record Top 400 List ranked The Branch Group as the #176th largest coThe Branch Group, Inc. logonstruction company in the United States, with 2016 revenues of $393.3 million and a workforce of over 847 employees.

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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].

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

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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: VPT

Thank you, VPT, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

VPT

VPT, Inc. is a global leader in power products to aerospace, military, and space applications. VPT offers high reliability DC-DC power converters for use in a wide range of programs such as GPS Satellites, Boeing commercial aircraft, Predator UAVs, and SpaceX rockets. VPT products are sold internationally to over 35 countries and have flown to the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Pluto, and the International Space Station. Headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, VPT employs over 200 people in facilities that also include Seattle, Boston, and Taiwan.

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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].

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

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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs

Thank you, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsor Showcase: Virginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVirginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents for study abroad and global research; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. A Blacksburg-based center is primarily dedicated to English Language and American Culture training for non-native speakers.

The mission of Outreach and International Affairs is to share the best of Virginia Tech by working side by side with communities throughout the world.

The values (IMPACT) are:
Integrity • Mutual respect • Passion to serve (Ut Prosim) • Advocacy • Competence • Trust

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.
  • Advertise
  • 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].

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

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.