VT KnowledgeWorks Announces Winners of Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

VT KnowledgeWorks hosted its ninth annual Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 12. The Challenge provided a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders.

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The grand prize of $15,000 in scholarships was awarded to College Dough, which included team member Danielle Jeffers. Her prize package included the $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service. In addition, she was awarded another $10,000 in scholarship assistance. College Dough is an all-in-one resource for students who are applying for scholarships to attend the college of their choice. Students can meet all deadlines with its project management system, find new scholarships in its database, and improve the quality of their submissions with its how-to library. College Dough is the perfect resource for students who want to earn scholarships, eliminate loans, and explore life! Danielle will also advance to the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge on August 24, 2017, where she will compete on a world stage as teams pitch their business ideas for a $25,000 grand prize.

Bar None Insulated ApparelThe $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product went to Bar None Insulated Apparel, represented by Chad Nexon and John Hearney. Bar None Insulated Apparel is a revolutionary clothing insulation start up, utilizing bio-mimicry to keep extremities up to three times as warm as today’s best insulation.

Audience members selected their favorite student team to win the People’s Choice award of $5,000 in scholarships, generously sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. The winning team of the People’s Choice Tech Wound Solutionsaward was Tech Wound Solutions, which included team members Juliana Downey, Tucker King, Elisabeth Rebholz, and Kimberly Wyluda. Tech Wound Solutions has created Kare Powder: a topical, advanced wound care dressing that enables faster and more effective healing for chronic wound care patients.

Other teams that competed in the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals included BioactiVT and RheoPrinter.

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

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at [email protected]. Read about it on our blog at insidevtknowledgeworks.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.

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 VT Knowledgeworkscontributors 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 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 Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

Announcing Finalists for the 2017 VTKW Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

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VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the finalist teams chosen to present their business concepts at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals taking place on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders.

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

  • Bar None Insulated Apparel (Chad Nexon and John Hearney): A revolutionary clothing insulation start up, utilizing bio-mimicry to keep extremities up to three times as warm as today’s best insulation.
  • BioactiVT (Andy Cohen, Angad Verma, Ariana Spalter, Brittany Horton, Danny Murray, David Barto, Eddie Krutyanskiy, Eryney Marrogi, Ethan Hodges, Gavin Vess, Gina Muan, Harrison Lavery, Jay Pennington, Lan Le, Lucy Epshteyn, Max McGrath, Nam Ngo, Qiao-Qiao Wang, Rachel Kitchen, Ranger Turner, Riley Allison, Samuel Washburn, Sarah Sandquist, and Skyler Grunberg): Tempo is BioactiVT’s answer to the “pulse oximeter gap” in the developing world. Operating rooms in developing nations are performing surgeries without these life-saving medical devices because no current solution meets their specific needs. Tempo is solar-powered, which means it can be used in even the most remote locations without a reliable power grid. All contact surfaces on Tempo can be boiled, a more accessible sanitation method in these areas. These design features create a robust, self-powered device with a lower lifetime cost than any oximeter currently on the market.
  • College Dough (Danielle Jeffers): College Dough is an all-in-one resource for students who are applying for scholarships to attend the college of their choice. Students can meet all deadlines with our project management system, find new scholarships in our database, and improve the quality of their submissions with our how-to library. College Dough is the perfect resource for students who want to earn scholarships, eliminate loans, and explore life!
  • RheoPrinters (Mubashir Q. Ansari, Craig D. Mansfield, and Maxwell Propp): We will manufacture Contoured Hot Ends for 3D-Printing, enabling processing of pure high performance thermoplastics as well as composite filaments reinforced with either short fibers or the continuous fibers.
  • Tech Wound Solutions (Juliana Downey, Tucker King, Elisabeth Rebholz, and Kimberly Wyluda): Tech Wound Solutions has created Kare Powder: a topical, advanced wound care dressing that enables faster and more effective healing for chronic wound care patients.
  • This year’s prizes include:
    $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 – 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

Tickets to attend are free and include access to the competition, networking reception, and awards presentation. Register at www.vtknowledgeworks.com.

For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at [email protected].

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.

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 Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor Showcase: Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business

Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business at New York Stock Exchange, ring the bell

Few settings are more symbolic than the New York Stock Exchange — the world’s top spot for raising capital — to celebrate and promote Virginia Tech’s initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship.

And on April 26, 2016, Virginia Tech — President Tim Sands, Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast, and a group of alumni, including advisory board members of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship — did just that by ringing the closing bell at 4 p.m.

At the forefront of the university’s initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship is the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Pamplin College of Business. Established in 2014 to educate students about entrepreneurship and involve them in entrepreneurship activities, the center offers a variety of opportunities for students to be involved with a dynamic network, including interactions with entrepreneurs-in-residence, “treks” to entrepreneurial hot spots around the nation, and the Innovate living-learning community on campus. The center, also known as Apex CIE, also serves as a resource for outreach to the business community and supports faculty research related to entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and new venture formation and growth.

Thank you, Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, 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, 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.

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

 

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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, 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.

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 [email protected], 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, 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.

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, 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.

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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.

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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 [email protected].

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

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