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

 

VTCRC - Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

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

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

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

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

vtkw squareVT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships.  It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual.  Its world headquarters is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

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

Global Partnership Alumni News

2017 Mentions:

weview_Feb 2017v2February Alumni Spotlight – Team weview, winner of the 2016 Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary and finalist of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, officially launched their website and new platform – https://weview.tv. With weview, customers can find the exact products they were looking for online by using their platform that combines user videos with personal reviews, as well as interactive elements to revolutionize the shopping experience. The company has expanded to four employees and they are currently raising their first financial round.

January Alumni SpotlightPark & Diamond, the $25,000 grand prize winner of the 2016 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, is making progress with their product’s intellectual property and final design. David Hall and Jordan Klein, the founders of Park & Diamond, desire to improve cycling safety by creating an ultra portable helmet that eliminates bulkiness and the stigma of current bicycle helmets. They are working with the Virginia Tech Investor Network (VTIN) to begin a round of seed funding in the near future.

Latest 2016 Mentions:

Ledsreact_Dec 2016December Alumni SpotlightTeam Ledsreact, a 2016 finalist of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, will release their first indoor product version around March 2017. “Direction Indoor” is a smart, interactive sports cone that will train the reaction speed and agility of athletes. You can support them on Kickstarter by the end of February. To learn more, contact them at contact@ledsreact.be, or go to their website at www.ledsreact.be.

November Alumni SpotlightTeam CoatChecker from the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge won stage one of Venture Kick in the amount of $10,000! CoatChecker will advance to Venture Kick’s second stage and compete in March 2017 for the $20,000 prize. Their company will be founded this month, as they continue to work on their business model. CoatChecker is a new and innovative measuring device that can measure the thickness of sealing layers used widely in the construction sector. The device uses a new method which significantly improves measuring time and does not destroy the measured layer. It will help construction companies around the world to save time and money.

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

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

Plastics One 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor

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

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

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

vtkw squareVT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships.  It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual.  Its world headquarters is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

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

Announcing the 2017 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

VTKW 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Sponsors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Announces 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

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

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

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships.  It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual.  Its world headquarters is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

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

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

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

Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

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

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

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

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

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, First Bank & Trust CompanyG.J. Hopkins, Inc.National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Plastics One Inc., PowerSchoolRackspace, Shentel, SimulTV, SMBWSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Announcing the 2017 VTKW Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership

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

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

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

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.

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 info@vtkwglobal.com 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!

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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, leversole@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

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.