Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Telecom Ecole de Management and SudParis

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

  Télécom Ecole de Management – Evry, France
Télécom SudParis – Evry, France

Business concept and description:

SAIO
SAIO is software publisher start-up, created since April 2014. Our solutions enhance the quality of companies’ digital customer service. SAIO enhances the quality of companies’ digital customer service through an online platform, humanized by a virtual assistant, Lily. The user has access to all of the company’s media on the platform, including their website, native application, Facebook page, physical terminal, etc. Lily addresses users’ questions, thanks to a semantic search engine and helps the user navigate through the platform to the right interlocutor through the communication channel of his choice (click-to-chat, click-to-call, web call back, etc.). SAIO allies the best of virtual and human resources. The benefit for the user is that it’s simple to find answers, wherever you are, whenever it is, and just the way you want it. The benefit for the company is to enhance its customer satisfaction and trust, while optimizing its human resources and reducing its support costs.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team SAIO from Telecom Ecole de Management and SudParis
Pictured left to right: Raphael Simon, Jean-Claude Giron, Marina Lostan, Pierre Peychès, Nicolas Mitchell
Raphael Simon, Pierre Peychès, and Nicolas Mitchell attend Télécom SudParis. Jean-Claude Giron and Marina Lostan attend Télécom Ecole de Management.

Visit their Facebook page and watch the video to learn more about SAIO:

Team SAIO will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about  Télécom Ecole de Management, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.
For more information about Télécom SudParis, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Ghent University

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

Ghent University – Ghent, Belgium

Business concept and description:

Restovation
With Restovation – think restaurant and innovation – we, enthusiastic young Belgians, want to share our vibrant ideas on digitization of the hospitality industry. In that way we will be at the front line providing a much needed service for restaurant owners and consumers worldwide. We digitize the menu and provide countless opportunities through our smart use of interesting and popular ingredients with imaginative menu choices. We also provide reviews and give customers the opportunity to include their reviews and comments by using their smartphone. Our partners in this venture are intelligent POS and reservation systems.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team Restovation from Ghent University
Pictured left to right: Adriaan Theys, Maxim Sergeant

Watch the video to learn more about Restovation.

Team Restovation will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Ghent University, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, 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 Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of 2014 VTKW Global Teams: Alexandria University

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

Alexandria University – Alexandria, Egypt

Business concept and description:

Fishman
Fishman system is an artificial gill system that produces oxygen from water to be breathed by scuba divers. Fishman can give scuba divers more time under water, can be used any time and it is lighter than diving cylinders.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team Fishman from Alexandria University
Pictured left to right: Essa Muhammad Mahmoud Muhammad Ibrahim, Dr. Ali Attia Ali Muhammad Hassan (the supervisor), Muhammad Magdi Saad El-Sayed, Omar Muhammad Abdul-Razek Abdul-Baki Salama

Watch the video to learn more about Fishman.

Team Fishman will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Alexandria University, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Showcase of VTKW Global Teams: Technologico de Monterrey

University teams will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge Showcase of Teams

Technologico de Monterrey – Monterrey, Mexico

Business concept and description:

BONDTOUR
BONDTOUR seeks to connect tourists with local people and businesses through technological support, while preserving and reinforcing the essence of worldwide culture, providing unexpected adventures, and saving tourists time and money. BONDTOUR provides an application with social media interaction, as well as tools that will improve the trip planning experience, like a booking system, maps, photo and video uploads, agendas, and information about the destiny. It supports the involvement of micro and small local businesses, respective to where the tourist is traveling, by promoting their products and services through the platform.

2014 VTKW Global Student Business Concept Challenge Team BONDTOUR from Technologico de MonterreyPictured left to right: Mariana Garza Villalobos, Irving Omar Guadarrama Díaz

Watch the video to learn more about BONDTOUR.

Team BONDTOUR will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

For more information about Technologico de Monterrey, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, 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 Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Now Hunters Can Share Their Success with Rural System’s Bag n Brag App

Rural System, Inc., a systems-based land-management enterprise, has just released the Bag ‘n’ Brag app for social hunters. Bag ‘n’ Brag allows hunters to share details of their bags with friends and family. This free app is now available on iTunes and Google Play.

Rural System Bag 'n' Brag ApplicationBag ‘n’ Brag lets users record their White-tailed deer hunts, upload and share pictures, and connect with Facebook and Twitter with the #bagnbrag hashtag. Bag ‘n’ Brag also features a built-in weight calculator, allowing hunters to simply enter a girth measurement to estimate their bag’s weight. The upgrade Bag ‘n’ Brag Pro is coming soon, and includes the options to track hunting stats and to develop a Trophy Case of the best bags.

“Bag ‘n’ Brag’s ranking system is based on standard facts about a bag, giving hunters an impartial means of comparing kills.”

The inspiration for Bag ‘n’ Brag struck the Rural System team as they were discussing “deer tape.” Deer tape is a basic ecological tool used by wildlife managers to estimate a deer’s weight. It allows a hunter or manager to measure the girth of the deer’s chest and, using a mathematical formula, estimate the deer’s live weight.

“Such a tool is extremely useful because carcasses are often dressed in the field making it hard, if not impossible, to get an accurate weight later,” explains Risa Pesapane, M.S., Bag ‘n’ Brag’s designer.

The team decided deer tape could be easily incorporated into a scoring system for recording and sharing hunting success. Bag ‘n’ Brag has since expanded to allow users to collect other useful data about their hunt as well as personal statistics.

“We’re excited to offer hunters an on-the-go, social way for hunters to learn how their bag measures up to other kills. Bag ‘n’ Brag’s ranking system is based on standard facts about a bag, giving hunters an impartial means of comparing kills,” says Dr. Robert H. Giles Jr., Rural System’s founder.

Bag ‘n’ Brag is available now for White-tailed deer hunters in anticipation of the upcoming fall hunting season.

About Bag ‘n’ Brag

Bag ‘n’ Brag (TM) is a product of Rural System, Inc. Bag ‘n’ Brag was developed by Vision Point Systems and published by Handshake Media, Incorporated. The concept originated with Rural System founder Robert H. Giles, Jr. The functionality, original graphics and user experience of Bag ‘n’ Brag were designed by Risa Pesapane.

For more information, please see www.bagnbrag.com.

About Vision Point Systems

Vision Point Systems is a creative, expert technology and engineering firm driven by intense customer service focus, rigorous process management, and an unwavering determination that solves customers’ most difficult problems resulting in strong, long-lasting business relationships.

For more information, please see www.visionpointsystems.com.

About Handshake Media

Handshake Media, Incorporated is a communications technology company specializing in public relations services and mobile technologies to generate market awareness and market action for its business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients. Handshake Media, Incorporated is based in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, and is a member of VT KnowledgeWorks.

For more information, please see www.handshake20.com.

About Rural System

Rural System, Incorporated is a land management enterprise with a vision to improve the social, economic, and environmental health of regions through optimal use of resources. It proposes for-profit, citizen-owned entities of multiple, small, natural resource-related enterprises generated for each region through systems-based prescriptive software using GIS analysis of site-specific traits.
Rural System, Inc. is based in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, and is a member of VT KnowledgeWorks.

For more information, please see www.ruralsystem.com and blog.ruralsystem.com.

This news release was originally distributed through PRWeb.

 

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Business Ranking Hopes to Help Returning GIs

By ranking businesses on their ability to recruit and retain veterans, Military Friendly — a startup established in 2003 under Coraopolis-based Victory Media Inc. — seeks to provide a tool for individuals leaving the service to make informed decisions about post-military opportunities.

“There are Fortune 1000 companies tripping over themselves to hire veterans, and about 400,000 returning service members every year,” says Sean Collins, a nine-year Navy veteran and current vice president of product for Victory Media.

Sean Collins, VP Product Development at Victory Media, at Nasdaq in NYC.Sean Collins, VP Product Development at Victory Media, at Nasdaq in NYC.

Despite the demand, men and women leaving the service are often at a loss as to how to navigate the job market. The Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list attempts to bridge the gap by highlighting companies seeking skill sets compatible with the attributes of military personnel, including trainability and adaptability.

“There are a lot of synergies between the values of the military and the values of PNC,” says Percy Simpson, a West Point graduate and director of line of business marketing. “While an infantry company commander is not necessarily an obvious choice to run branch networks, the skill set is spot on.”

Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group has been a Top 100 Military Friendly employer since 2012.

The Top 100 list is generated through a 75-question survey that seeks to compile a wide variety of data — from the number of a company’s veteran employees to insurance and medical benefits for both active and inactive service members. The data are then used to assign each participant a score, the top 200 of which are audited by independent advisory boards and members of Ernst & Young LLP.

High-scoring companies tend to report large numbers of veteran new hires, remunerate employees called to active duty, provide retraining for returning employees and include programs that encourage veterans to self-identify.

Many of the Top 100 corporations also position veterans in recruiting positions and provide frequent veteran-specific training to human resources managers.

At the end of July, Military Friendly will begin another ranking process of employers. While the evaluation is usually limited to mid- or large-cap businesses, all are encouraged to apply.

“By taking the survey and bench-marking your company, you can begin to incorporate military-friendly practices,” says Mr. Collins.

Corporations interested in being considered for the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list may request a survey by visiting www.victorymedia.com/contact.

For more information, please contact Rocio Labrador at rlabrador@post-gazette.com or at 412-263-1370.

This is an excerpt of a press release published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Rocio Labrador on June 23, 2014. Read the full press release here.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Register for the Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception

Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception 2014
The Tastes & Sounds of the Valleys Reception takes place 5:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 20, Crystal Ballroom, The Hotel Roanoke

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Participate in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week by celebrating our growing place in the global community and welcoming international guests to the Roanoke-Blacksburg region!

Benefits to attending the August 20th reception:

  • Expand your personal network and make new friends from other countries.
  • Mix and mingle with business leaders and attendees from the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.
  • Celebrate entrepreneurship as we recognize student teams competing in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the $25,000 grand prize and trophy.
  • Enjoy food and an open bar at The Hotel Roanoke.
  • Observe a special performance by the Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers and music provided by The Floorboards.
  • Receive special rates of $117/night or $137/night for double occupancy at The Hotel Roanoke by calling 1-5.40-985-5900 and requesting the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership rate

The Global Student Business Concept Challenge takes place 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 21, The Hotel Roanoke. Observe student teams compete in a Student Business Concept Challenge for the $25,000 grand prize and trophy. It’s free to attend but you must register in advance.

To learn more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, visit our website at www.vtkwglobal.com.

Our global students need local beds! We invite you to be a Global Host Family.

Read more about serving as a Global Host Family (.pdf).

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, Bloomfield Partners, LLC, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

P&P Coating Awarded the Game Changers Challenge $25,000 Loan

VT KnowledgeWorks is pleased to announce that P&P Coating has been awarded a $25,000 “Running Start” loan as part of the Spring 2014 Game Changers Challenge.

Finalists selected by VT KnowledgeWorks staff made 15-minute presentations to the Running Start Committee on their proposed new ventures. The Game Changers Challenge is for any aspiring entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team and 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.

The next Game Changers Challenge will be held in the fall of 2014. For more information contact Jim Flowers, Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, at 540-443-9100, extension 1 or at jim.flowers@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Announcing the Fifth Annual Global Partnership Week University Partners

VT KnowledgeWorks hosts its fifth annual Global Partnership Week on August 17-23, 2014. 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; Ghent University, Belgium; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; University of British Columbia, Canada; Alexandria University, Egypt; Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador; and Universidad del Norte, Colombia.

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.

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

These generous sponsors make this very special week of education, competition, relaxation, and relationship-building possible: Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

To learn more about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, visit our website at www.vtkwglobal.com.

Our global students need local beds! We invite you to be a Global Host Family.

Read more about serving as a Global Host Family (.pdf).

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.

Announcing the 2014 Global Student Business Concept Challenge Judges

2014 VTKW, VT KnowledgeWorks global challenge trophyUniversity teams from around the world will be competing in the 2014 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy and the $25,000 Grand Prize during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 17-23, 2014.

The Global Student Business Concept Challenge Presentations will be held in the Washington Lecture Hall in the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, on Thursday, August 21, 2013 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All are invited and those who would like to attend can register here.

Our panel of judges for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept are:
Eva Doss, President and CEO of The Launch Place
Jason Gabriel, Managing Director of Third Security
Will Karbach, CEO of The Branch Group, Inc.
Robert McAden, Senior Business Operations Manager of Rackspace
Dr. Mary Guy Miller, President and Founder of Interactive Design and Development, Inc.
Charles Pennington, President of TechLab, Inc.
Dr. Dan Sable, Founder and CEO of VPT, Inc.

Please see photos and read biographies of our Panel of Judges for the 2014 Global Student Business Concept Challenge Presentations. (.pdf).

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA. The Global Partnership is an ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

Our global students need local beds! We invite you to be a Global Host Family.

Read more about serving as a Global Host Family (.pdf).

The Fifth Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 17 – 23, 2014.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Week, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, leversole@vtknowledgeworks.com.

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VT KnowledgeWorks

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, Interactive Achievement, Inc., Latimer Intellectual Property Law, LLC, Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, NetVentures, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint.