2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Automation Creations, Inc.

Thank you, Automation Creations, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!
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Automation Creations, Inc. (ACI) develops guaranteed custom software solutions for technology driven companies worldwide. The ACI team of agile developers and designers works with clients to build web and mobile software that improves productivity and the bottom line. The company has extensive experience with clients in commercial, educational and government sectors.

Recently, ACI developed the Blacksburg Transit website backend powering the BT4U mobile app. They continue to provide programming support to MatWeb.com, and a major pharmaceutical logistics company. ACI also takes on very short projects, like Excel macros and training course development. Volunteers from ACI help run the New River Robotics Association, a non-profit to promote STEM, located in the KnowledgeWorks building.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social and academic relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.
2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

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

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

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.

We Invite You to Serve as a 2017 Global Host Family

 

VT Knowledgeworks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge

VT KnowledgeWorks invites you to be a host family for this year’s Global Partnership Event, August 17-26, 2017. Rounding up enough host families for our group of eager, global university students seems to be the most challenging component each year, so we would appreciate you joining our team of hosts or referring us to others who may be interested.

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.

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.  While in Blacksburg, the teams are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, enjoy fellowship with Virginia Tech students, and attend a formal awards banquet.

VT KnowledgeWorks host family for Global Entrepreneurship Challenge

Thanks to the generous support of host families, participating global university students are housed with local residents of the New River Valley during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event (GPE), August 19-26.  In summary, host families provide:

  • Lodging for one or more visiting global students from Saturday night, August 19 through Friday morning, August 25.
  • Some of the dinners during the week and breakfast every morning except for Thursday, August 24.
  • Some of the daily transportation needs of student(s) throughout the event week.

As a token of our appreciation, VT KnowledgeWorks invites host families to attend the awards banquet and celebration. The event agenda listed below ONLY highlights the host family responsibilities. Closer to the event, we will provide a more detailed event agenda. A summary of the activities and events offered to our visiting, global students will be continuously updated at www.vtkwglobal.com/2017studentagenda.

Let us know you will be a global host family!

Contact Lindsey Eversole, [email protected] for more information or if you have questions.

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 include: 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 CouncilShentelSunTrust 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 Global Partnership Opportunities

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership

 

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

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

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Meet the Winners of the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

We’re excited to share with you pictures of the winners of the the Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event held on August 11-20, 2016. This unique opportunity gave student teams and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

The competition winners are:

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Grand Prize Winner ($15,000) and Winner of the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award ($10,000) – $25,000
Pictured left to right: Jordan Klein and David Hall of Virginia Tech, USA

 

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Winner of the VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award – $10,000
Pictured left to right: Dr. Joe Meredith, of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, as well as Jan Schroeder, Tommaso Armstrong, Hartley Pike, Samuel McDonnell, and Monique Potts from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

 

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Winner of the People’s Choice Award – $5,000
Pictured left to right: Rayyan Sorefan, Dr. Karl Markgraf of Virginia Tech’s Outreach & International Affairs, Cesare Dunker, and Marcus Wright of the University of Kent, England, as well as Dr. Joe Meredith of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

To learn more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, visit our website at www.vtkwglobal.com. To view a list of all participating University Partners from around the world, go to http://www.vtkwglobal.com/2016/partners.

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship-building possible: 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.

For a complete list of other contributors of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event, please visit our website at http://www.vtkwglobal.com/2016/contributors.

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.

Winners Announced – VTKW Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event held on August 11-20, 2016, provided a unique opportunity for student teams and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

During this celebration of entrepreneurship, student teams from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, and the USA competed in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for a $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy.

The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park and Diamond, Inc. of Virginia Tech, USA, which included Jordan Klein and David Hall. 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 $15,000; and as a permanent tribute to their success, their name and university will be etched into the base of the Global Challenge Trophy, which will reside at VT KnowledgeWorks in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Their winning concept was an improved cycling helmet that is ultra portable. Their helmet eliminates bulkiness and the stigma of current bicycle helmets.

The $10,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service went to Construction Cloud of University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, represented by Hartley Pike, Samuel McDonnell, Tommaso Armstrong, and Jan Schroeder. Construction Cloud lets construction teams function like they have a photographic memory. Construction teams can create a visual timeline of their project from start to finish, keeping all photos and videos stored securely in one place. Accessible by all team members via mobile and web, Construction Cloud saves time, improves team communication and protects companies in disputes. Users have the details remembered for them, so they can get on with building their project on time without headaches. It’s like the Instagram and Dropbox for the construction industry – a photo library stored in the cloud.

The People’s Choice award of $5,000, sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, was selected by vote of the event attendees at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. The People’s Choice was awarded to eLog, of University of Kent, England, whose business concept aims to use technology to help displaced people across the world fleeing political persecution and war. Refugees use eLog to map their migration and provide evidence of their journey when applying for asylum as well as family records. This revolutionary application speeds up the integration program, helping to settle refugees into their new home. Cesare Dunker and Rayyan Sorefan presented the concept.

The competition finals at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on August 18, 2016, were part of a celebration of student entrepreneurship and students’ important contributions to the global economy. The day concluded with an awards banquet and flag presentation ceremony at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

During the rest of their visit to the USA, global teams enjoyed a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., including sightseeing at museums and monuments, and a United States Capitol tour. Teams attended a lunch at the Embassy of Italy and were welcomed by other embassy representatives from their home region, as well as observed a panel discussion on “Globalizing your Business.”

While in Blacksburg, teams were housed by local families, spent interactive time with successful technology companies and enjoyed fellowship with Virginia Tech students. Some of the activities included tours of the Virginia Tech campus, Lane Stadium, Dairy Science Complex – Kentland Farm, and the Moss Arts Center; souvenir shopping experiences in Roanoke and Blacksburg; and festive meals throughout the entire event. The event concluded with a regional audience attending the Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception at The Hotel Roanoke on August 19, 2016, where winning teams were honored and all participants of the Global Partnership Event were recognized.

To learn more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, visit our website at www.vtkwglobal.com. To view a list of all participating University Partners from around the world, go to http://www.vtkwglobal.com/2016/partners.

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship-building possible: 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.

For a complete list of other contributors of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event, please visit our website at http://www.vtkwglobal.com/2016/contributors.

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.

Share Your Experiences about the Global Partnership Event

Let’s join together to extend our networks and build our relationships by sharing our experiences during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event, August 11-20, in social media.

FacebookFacebook: Post updates and photos to www.facebook.com/vtknowledgeworks. Include the hashtag #vtkwglobal and tag VT KnowledgeWorks so we can share globally what’s happening for those here and abroad.

 

TwitterTwitter: Follow VT KnowledgeWorks on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vtkw. Post updates using #vtkwglobal as a hashtag. Anyone can search Twitter using “#vtkwglobal” as a search term, then click on the #vtkwglobal hashtag to see the stream of tweets about the event.

 

VimeoVimeo/YouTube: If you upload a video, send the link to us at [email protected] and we will post it to our Facebook page or blog.

 

 

Watch the Live Stream of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Event!

Observe 14 student teams from all over the world pitch their business ideas for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy. Review the Global Challenge Presentation Agenda for August 18, and meet this year’s judging panel. If you are unable to join us for the Challenge at The Inn at Virginia Tech on August 18, we invite you to watch via the live stream channel!

  1. Scan the QR code or go to http://www.vtkwglobal.com/video/challenge.
  2. Click the play button on the video to watch the live stream of the Challenge on Thursday, August 18, 8:15 AM – 4:00 PM EST.
  3. Share the link and invite family, friends, and colleagues to observe too!

http://www.vtkwglobal.com/video/challenge

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

The Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event will be held August 11-20, 2016.

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.

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., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspaceShentel, 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.

Agenda for the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

Observe teams from all over the world present their business ideas for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy, before a live regional audience and judging panel at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge.

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Thanks to Plastics One Inc. and Virginia Tech’s Outreach & International Affairs for sponsoring this year’s Advanced Manufacturing Award and People’s Choice Award respectively.  Learn more about the prizes that will be awarded at the Challenge.

Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, Alumni Assembly Hall,
The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
Tickets free; register by August 10

August 18 Challenge Agenda

(agenda and live stream channel at www.vtkwglobal.com/video/challenge)

8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:15 a.m. – Welcome
8:30 a.m.- Plasteat
8:55 a.m. – Bio Aletha
9:20 a.m. – ECOAERIS
9:45 a.m. – Magic Styler

10:10 a.m. – 20-minute break

10:30 a.m. – Ledsreact
10:55 a.m. – Park & Diamond
11:20 a.m. – BotTherapist
11:45 a.m. – CoatChecker

12:10 p.m. – Lunch in Latham Ballroom A – 1:10 p.m.

Global Student Challenge Presentations Continued

1:10 p.m. – FOD – Friends of Deaf
1:35 p.m. – Pitcher Tech
2:00 p.m. – BrainLock

2:25 p.m. – 20-minute break

2:45 p.m. – Construction Cloud
3:10 p.m. – weview
3:35 p.m. – eLog

4:00 p.m. – Conclude Global Student Challenge Presentations

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

The Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event will be held August 11-20, 2016.

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.

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., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspaceShentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Announcing the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Judges

2016 VTKW, VT KnowledgeWorks global challenge trophyUniversity teams from around the world will be competing in the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Student Entrepreneurship Event for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and in Washington, D.C., USA, August 11‑20, 2016.

The Global Student Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Presentations will be held in the Alumni Assembly Hall at the Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 18, 2016. Admission to the Global Student Challenge Presentations is FREE and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, go to our Regional Registration page.

Our panel of judges for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship are:

  • Eva Doss, President and CEO of The Launch Place
  • Gregory W. Feldmann, President of Skyline Capital Strategies
  • Carol W. Hamilton, Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Business at James Madison University
  • Will Karbach, CEO of The Branch Group, Inc.
  • Christopher ‘Kit’ Lisle, Founder and Managing Partner of Acclaro Growth Partners
  • Robert McAden, Senior Business Operations Manager of Rackspace
  • Dr. Dan Sable, Founder and CEO of VPT, Inc.

Please see photos and read biographies of our Panel of Judges for the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneurship Presentations. (PDF)

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

The Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event will be held August 11-20, 2016.

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.

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., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspaceShentel, 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.

Showcase of 2016 VTKW Global Teams: ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences

University teams will be competing in the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 11-20, 2016.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Showcase of Teams

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences – Winterthur, Switzerland

Business concept and description:

CoatChecker
CoatChecker is a new and innovative measuring device that can measure the thickness of sealing layers used widely in the construction sector. The device uses a new method which significantly improves measuring time and does not destroy the measured layer. It will help construction companies around the world to save time and money.

 

zhaw_CoatcheckerPictured left to right: Nusret Salihi, Joris Storskogen, Alexander Bleuler.

Watch the video to learn more about CoatChecker.

Team CoatChecker will be competing in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Alumni Assembly Hall in The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences , visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

 

The Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event will be held August 11-20, 2016.

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, and Washington, D.C.  Members of the partnership gather annually to celebrate student entrepreneurship hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center,Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, 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.

Showcase of 2016 VTKW Global Teams: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

University teams will be competing in the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 11-20, 2016.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Showcase of Teams

Universidad San Francisco de Quito, – Quito, Ecuador

Business concept and description:

ECOAERIS

ECOAERIS is trying to solve the air pollution problem as a result of the particulate matter from the diesel combustion, which causes high levels of toxicity in the air and respiratory diseases, among others. Our company is seeking to create a filter that diminishes the concentration of particulate matter that comes from the public transportation found mainly in Quito.

 

ECOAERIS_EcuadorPictured left to right: Juan Mateo Privitera Torres, Silvia Patricia Parra Calderón, Linda Natalia Velalcázar Rea.

Watch the video to learn more about ECOAERIS.

Team ECOAERIS will be competing in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Alumni Assembly Hall in The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Universidad San Francisco de Quito, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

 

The Seventh Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event will be held August 11-20, 2016.

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, and Washington, D.C.  Members of the partnership gather annually to celebrate student entrepreneurship hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center,Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

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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., PowerSchool Assessment & AnalyticsRackspace, 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.