Virginia Velocity Tour in Blacksburg-Roanoke Area September 19

From Virginia Velocity Tour:

Virginia’s new and growing businesses are solving problems that matter to society – in health, biotechnology, security and other real-world industries. In September 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is hosting the Virginia Velocity Tour, a celebration of the entrepreneurs building Virginia’s 21st century economy. The tour is part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity business plan competition.

Virginia Velocity Tour 2016

During the fall of 2016, the tour bus will travel the Commonwealth of Virginia to spotlight Virginia-based entrepreneurs. The tour will highlight the distinct strengths and economic advantages of cities across the Commonwealth, provide Virginia entrepreneurs with access and connections to help scale their businesses, and award $125,000 in equity-free grants over the course of five public pitch competitions.

Applications are now open to early-stage entrepreneurs from across the Commonwealth.* A total of 30-40 finalists will be selected to participate in the Virginia Velocity Tour.

From September 19-23, the tour bus will travel to five regions across the Commonwealth and celebrate an industry that the region is proud of:

  • 9/19: Roanoke & Blacksburg-STEM & Energy
  • 9/20: Richmond-Creativity & Manufacturing
  • 9/21: Hampton Roads-Biotechnology & Health
  • 9/22: Northern Virginia-Cybersecurity
  • 9/23: Charlottesville-Food & Agriculture

At each of the 5 stops, 5-8 finalists from across the Commonwealth will participate in the day’s events based on the industry in which they work. Over the course of each day, the finalists will engage with local businesses, network with the region’s civic and business leaders, and participate in a public pitch competition, where one finalist will win a $25,000 equity-free grant prize.

*Note that the startup does not need to be based in a particular region to participate in that region’s events.

Community members and investors are invited to check out the Virginia Velocity Tour website and entrepreneurs are invited to apply to compete.

For more information:

Virginia Velocity
600 E Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219
[email protected]

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

Announcing the 2014 Game Changers Challenge

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce the Game Changers Challenge, an opportunity for one entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team to qualify for a $25,000 “Running Start” loan plus a package of free startup assistance services. Solid runners-up may also qualify for free startup assistance.

Game Changers Challenge from VT KnowledgeWorks

Any aspiring entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team may enter. The challenge is open to all who meet the following criteria:

  • The product or service to be provided by the venture must either be consumed (not simply re-marketed) by another business, or be integrated into a more complex end-product for downstream sale.
  • The targeted buyers must constitute a relatively narrow demographic niche that can be addressed with limited resources.
  • The proposed product or service must powerfully address some widely acknowledged niche need.
  • High leverage must be obtained by the $25,000 (not just the first $25,000 out of a $1M needed for launch, for instance).
  • The entrepreneurial team must be able to fill the technology leadership roles in the proposed venture.
  • The team must be committed to locating business operations in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
  • Any intellectual property related to the enterprise must be appropriately owned or licensed by the enterprise.

Finalists will be selected by VT KnowledgeWorks staff, and will then be invited to make a 15-minute presentation to the Running Start Committee on their proposed new ventures. There will be no public events, nor will competing teams be allowed to attend each other’s presentations. In the absence of a solid applicant, no loan will be made. This is a qualifying process, not a contest.

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the Game Changers Challenge Guidelines (.pdf opens in new window/tab).

The deadline for the spring 2014 application submissions is May 9, 2014. Applications should be submitted to Christine Spalding, [email protected].

The selection committee will review applications and VT KnowledgeWorks will communicate with applicants shortly thereafter. Awards will be announced in late May/early June, 2014.

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 are in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics GroupAutomation Creations, Inc.BAE SystemsThe Branch Group, Inc.Brown, Edwards & CompanyCity of RoanokeFox 21/27G.J. Hopkins, Inc.Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupInteractive Achievement, Inc.Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLCMeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentNetVenturesNew River Valley Intellectual Property LawPhoenix Packaging OperationsRackspaceShentelStellarOne BankSunTrust Bank , TechLabThird SecurityTown of BlacksburgTown of ChristiansburgVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVirginia Tech Outreach and International AffairsVPT, IncWordsprint.

 

VT KnowledgeWorks Hosts 4th Annual Global Partnership Week

VT KnowledgeWorks hosts its fourth annual annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week August 18-24, 2013 in the Blacksburg, Virginia and Roanoke, Virginia areas. University students, faculty, and staff from all over the world will congregate, collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks.
The Global Partnership is a multi-layered, ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and business relationships.

This year’s 14 participating University Partners include University of Kent, England; Télécom SudParis, France; University of Trento, Italy; Vienna University of Technology, Austria; Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; Virginia Tech, USA; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico; Tongji University, China; Ghent University, Belgium; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; University of British Columbia, Canada; Alexandria University, Egypt; and Universidad del Norte, Colombia.

Global Student Challenge Teams 2012

Members of the Global Partnership gather annually during a week-long event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and the citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Two concurrent tracks offered during the Global Partnership Week address the particular globalization issues faced by student entrepreneurs and innovative universities.

The Student Track celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy by means of the Global Student Business Concept 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 hosted by the Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs.

Another key element of the week is a stimulating multi-university roundtable event at Virginia Tech, where faculty members participating in the University Track will discuss and exchange best practices and cooperative arrangements. Participants of the University Track enjoy celebratory meals with a regional audience and have numerous opportunities to network, partner, and do business with each other. They also attend the Global Student Business Concept Challenge and awards banquet. 

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship-building possible: Allegheny Logistics GroupBAE SystemsCCS-Inc.G.J. Hopkins Inc.Interactive Achievement, Inc.MeridiumMontgomery County, Virginia Economic Development DepartmentRackspacePhoenix Packaging OperationsSAICShentelStellarOne BankSunTrustTechLabThird SecurityThe Branch Group Inc.Virginia TechVirginia Tech Corporate Research CenterVPT, Inc.

The Fourth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 18 – 24, 2013.

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VT KnowledgeWorksVT 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 corporate sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&THarris Office FurnitureHodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law GroupLatimer IP Law, LLC LeClairRyanNew River Valley IP LawScience Applications International Corporation (SAIC)The Branch Group, and Wordsprint.

 

Recession Is History, at Least for Start-up Companies

A version of this post by Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks, first appeared on From the Director’s Chair.

The recession is definitely history, at least regarding start-up companies.  There were clear signs of renewed vigor in the entrepreneurship community a year ago, but around mid-year here in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, the floodgates re-opened in earnest.  The number of people seeking information, opinion, and advice about their new business ideas is back to pre-recession levels.
 
At VT KnowledgeWorks, that translates into a steady stream of Initial Concept Consultations: one-hour meetings in which we explore the strategic merit of new business ideas and the passion of the prospective business founder.  Beyond those first meetings lie various risk reduction activities that should naturally precede a company launch such as market studies, competitive assessments, prototype development, and financial modeling.  We are providing more of these right now than at any time in recent memory.
 
Entrepreneurial activity on the Virginia Tech campus is likewise at an all-time high.  Courses with the word entrepreneurship in their names or taglines are popping up everywhere.  Over four dozen students and faculty recently attended a VT KnowledgeWorks Founders’ Readiness Workshop in the ICTAS conference room.  I offer open office hours inside the College of Engineering twice each month, for anyone with entrepreneurial notions.  They were booked up for the entire semester within two days of the announcement.
 
So, entrepreneurial confidence is way, way up.  Our challenge at VT KnowledgeWorks is to help these passionate innovators avoid the common pitfalls related to impatience and enthusiasm and we have all sorts of events and services in place to do just that.  You can help.  Spread the word: do not let a friend drive drunk - and do not let one start a business without checking in at VT KnowledgeWorks. 

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VT KnowledgeWorksVT 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 corporate sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&THarris Office FurnitureHodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C.Hutchison Law Group, Latimer IP Law, LLC , LeClairRyanNew River Valley IP Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)The Branch Group, and Wordsprint.

Barriers to Entry: Why Entrepreneurs Win and Competitors Lose

From Mike Drzal, partner with LeClairRyan, a sponsor of VT KnowledgeWorks. A version of this post first appeared on Handshake 2.0.

One of the standard components investors expect to see among the fundamental tools in the fundraising toolbox – an executive summary, business plan and slide deck – is "barriers to entry." Some entrepreneurs are confused by this item and think that it refers to the barriers they face in advancing their company or moving a product into the marketplace. 

What are your competitors' barriers to entry?Actually, what investors are looking for is some barrier to entry that makes it more likely than not that the entrepreneur’s company beats the competition either by getting out into the market first or being able to keep the competition from entering afterward.  When you think about it, this makes sense because investors don’t want to put money into a company that gets left at the starting line by a competitor that is bigger and better financed. 

What constitutes a barrier to entry?  It can be one of a number of things.  Patented or otherwise protectable intellectual property can thwart a competitor by denying them access to the best embodiment of an innovation.  Proprietary know-how or trade secrets can work just as well as patented or copyrighted intellectual property.  A significant lead in development is another potential barrier to entry. For example, if your IT company has an 18-month lead on the competition in writing code, it means your company can launch and begin to grab up market share before the competition can react.  Locking up key channels of distribution with exclusive contracts works as well – if the competition is denied the most efficient pathway to the market, that gives you the opportunity to become the market leader. 

These are just a few of the potential barriers to entry that will excite an investor. What matters is that you have a credible barrier to entry to beat the competition that you can articulate in a convincing way during your pitch. 

LeClairRyan specializes in high-tech corporate law.LeClairRyan is an entrepreneurial law firm with offices from Virginia to New York to California, providing business counsel and client representation in matters of corporate law and high-stakes litigation. The Blacksburg, Virginia-based office of LeClairRyan offers venture capital, angel investor funding, and intellectual property law services for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology-based companies.  It also offers Outside General Counsel services covering the full gamut of clients' corporate, employment and business litigation needs. For more information, please contact Jim Cowan or Mike Drzal at 540-961-2600.

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VT KnowledgeWorksVT 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 Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

Office Hours for Entrepreneurs

Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia declared 2012 the Year of the Entrepreneur.  Entrepreneurship continues into 2013 and beyond at VT KnowledgeWorks.

VT KnowledgeWorks and the Virginia Tech College of Engineering have rolled out a new opportunity for students and faculty interested in all things entrepreneurial. 

Jim FlowersVT KnowledgeWorks Executive Director Jim Flowers is holding a series of open office hours on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia for informal chats with prospective entrepreneurs. If you have ideas about starting a business, or know of anyone with similar ambitions to bring along, you're invited to meet and talk with Jim.

For more information about office hours with Jim Flowers during the spring semester, 2013, or to schedule a free personal visit with Jim Flowers at the VT KnowledgeWorks headquarters in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, contact Christine Spalding, Member Services Coordinator, to make an appointment, [email protected], 540-443-9100.

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VT KnowledgeWorksVT 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 Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

VT KnowledgeWorks Announces Statewide Entrepreneurship Alliance

The VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Alliance will assist communities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia with the encouragement and empowerment of local initiatives that foster economic growth through innovation.  Under this new program, VT KnowledgeWorks will provide an entrepreneurship event and curriculum package, on-going consultation, and promotional resources to selected community economic development organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. 
 
The program includes assistance with organizational development and leadership recruiting for the local organization, and an on-going colleague/mentor relationship with the local top manager.  The product and service bundle to be available at each location includes the full range of services offered at VT KnowledgeWorks in Blacksburg, Virginia and will continue to evolve and expand as the offering changes at the Blacksburg home location.  The top leadership from all alliance locations will serve as a steering committee to select and prioritize expanded and updated program components.
 
The first Virginia community to join this new alliance is Danville, Virginia.  With the help of a $10 million grant from the Danville Regional Foundation, and its alliance with VT KnowledgeWorks, the Southside Business Technology Center is transforming itself into a full spectrum entrepreneurship center called The Launch Place.  News of this exciting initiative can be found at Virginia Business.

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

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VT KnowledgeWorksVT 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 Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

Update on the JOBS Act for Entrepreneurs Raising Money

From Mike Drzal, partner with law firm LeClairRyan, a VT KnowledgeWorks sponsor.  A version of this post appeared on Handshake 2.0.

As with so many things in life, the devil has proven to be in the details of implementing the provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, the JOBS Act, directed at enhancing capital access for small businesses, i.e., crowdfunding and relief of the general solicitation rules for securities offerings.

For entrepreneurs raising money, business as usual.Concerns about potential fraud perpetrated against crowdfunding investors have complicated attempts to write implementing regulations to the point that those regulations are now delayed until at least September 2013. Entrepreneurs expecting to use crowdfunding (see 7 Cautions for Considering Crowdfunding) for their seed financing should plan accordingly.

Much of the concern has focused on the perceived lack of sophistication in crowdfunding investors. Because of this, regulators are under pressure to shift the burden of performing due diligence on target companies to crowdfunding intermediaries. Intermediaries are naturally concerned about potential liability associated with due diligence requirements and are pushing regulators to provide safe harbors, creating a tug-of-war in the rulemaking process.

As for the implementation of regulations to provide for general solicitation (e.g., ads, blast email and website notices) in connection with securities offerings, the solution to fraud concerns seemed simple enough – restrict sales to “accredited investors,” as defined in the securities regulations. Accredited investors, loosely defined as those having a net worth in excess of $1,000,000 or meeting certain annual income tests, are assumed to be sophisticated enough to assess risks and bear possible investment losses. Simple enough, right? Not so fast. In this case fraud concerns have led to proposed investor verification requirements so onerous that general solicitation may prove impractical.

The battle between those seeking to improve capital access will be fought out over the coming months. In the meantime, it is business as usual for entrepreneurs raising money, as neither crowdfunding nor general solicitation are available as of the date of this post.

You can contact Mike Drzal at 540-961-2600.

LeClairRyan specializes in high-tech corporate law.LeClairRyan is an entrepreneurial law firm with offices from Virginia to New York to California, providing business counsel and client representation in matters of corporate law and high-stakes litigation. The Blacksburg, Virginia-based office of LeClairRyan offers venture capital, angel investor funding, and intellectual property law services for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology-based companies.  It also offers Outside General Counsel services covering the full gamut of clients’ corporate, employment and business litigation needs.

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

VT KnowledgeWorksVT 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 Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

Workshop: From Idea to Income – From Research to Reward

Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, and Dick Daughtery, Director of Strategic Services of VT KnowledgeWorks, will present "Help with the jump from idea to income – from research to reward," for the Occupational Safety and Health Research Center (OSHRC) of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, on Friday, October 19, 2012, from 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM, in 518 Whittemore Hall on the Virgina Tech campus, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Help with the jump from idea to income – from research to reward
Friday, October 19, 2012
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
518 Whittemore Hall
Virginia Tech

The event is open to the public.

More details are on the OSHRC seminars page and in the presentation flyer (.pdf).

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VT KnowledgeWorksVT 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 Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

Workshop: How to Start a Technology-Based Business

If you're a Virginia Tech student and want to learn what it takes to start a new technology-based business, you're invited to join us for a free workshop to review the key strategic issues and the entrepreneurial commitments involved. 

How to Start a BusinessStudents will receive details on how their innovations might win prizes by participating in the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Challenge, qualifying them for a chance at $25,000 in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge.

How to Start a Business
Friday, November 2, 2012
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Room 310, ICTAS Building
325 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, Virginia

How to Start a Business will be presented by Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks.

Lunch will be provided and the event is free to all Virginia Tech students.  Register here.

View the flyer (.pdf.)

For more information please contact Christine Spalding, [email protected].

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

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 Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters are in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).