2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor: Plastics One Inc.

2015 VTKW Sponsor: Plastics One Inc.

Plastics One has been partnering directly with OEMs worldwide since 1949 by working together to provide solutions to industry needs.

As an ISO 13485 and 9001 certified full-service medical component manufacturer the focus is on designing and building custom cable and connector assemblies with unique design requirements. The engineers and R&D teams are hands on, and ready to help bring ideas to life – we make things happen.

The facility encompasses over 85,000 square feet and offers in-house design engineering, research and development, a state of the art toolroom, diverse plastic injection molding, assembly and packaging services. The quality management system subjects products to rigorous inspection before they are shipped to the customer. Plastics One also has nine ISO Class 8, 100,000 Cleanrooms with two ISO Class 7, 10,000 Cleanrooms which are utilized for molding, assembly and packaging parts for the medical device industry.

Thank you, Plastics One Inc., for sponsoring the 2015 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 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for $10,000, the $10,000 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 and the Information Technology prizes will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $5,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge this August.

Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 8, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Registration is free and all attendees will be entered a raffle contest to win a Kindle Fire donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, PC, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor: VTCRC

Established in 1985, the 230-acre Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) boasts more than 31 buildings with over 2,700 employees and is home to more than 160 private companies and research centers. The VTCRC is owned and managed by the Virginia Tech Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit non-stock corporation established in 1948. 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.

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At the VT KnowledgeWorks Building in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, student teams from all over the world, who previously attended the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, have the opportunity to obtain free summer work space to pursue their business concepts.

Thank you, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, for sponsoring the 2015 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 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for $10,000, the $10,000 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 and the Information Technology prizes will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $5,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge this August.

Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 8, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Registration is free and all attendees will be entered a raffle contest to win a Kindle Fire donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, PC, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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2015 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsor: Pamplin College of Business

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

Pamplin photoPictured left to right: Ted Hanson, Brian Callaghan, Edwin Sheridan, and Jeffrey Veatch

Virginia Tech renamed the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Pamplin College of Business In November 2014 in recognition of a joint commitment of $5 million by university alumni Brian Callaghan, Ted Hanson, Edwin “Win” Sheridan, and Jeffrey Veatch. The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is named after the information technology staffing and services company that Callaghan, Sheridan, and Veatch founded in 1995, which Hanson joined as chief financial officer in 1998.

Thank you, Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, for sponsoring the 2015 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 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for $10,000, the $10,000 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 and the Information Technology prizes will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $5,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge this August.

Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 8, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Registration is free and all attendees will be entered a raffle contest to win a Kindle Fire donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, PC, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Automation Creations, Inc.

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

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

ACI all-electric vehicle in front of VTKW

The ACI all-electric vehicle in front of VT KnowledgeWorks.

Thank you, Automation Creations, Inc., for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2015 Global Partnership Week!

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 and academic relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

2014 Winners: The grand prize went to Team feelSpace of the University of Trento. Read more about the winning teams! Watch the 2014 Global Partnership Week video and read about the event publicity.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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Free Attendance for the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

GlobalChallengeLogo2014 VTKW E-Challenge Step Up To The ChallengeRegister to attend the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals taking place at The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Watch as Virginia Tech student teams present their business concepts before a judging panel and live audience and are awarded these amazing prizes:

  • $10,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the outstanding tangible product
  • $10,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the outstanding intangible product or service
  • $5,000 – 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

All attendees will be entered to win a brand new Kindle Fire!  Must be present to win.  Raffle prize donated by Holiday Inn University Blacksburg.

Many thanks to our Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals Sponsors: Plastics One Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc,

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2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Plastics One Inc

2015 VTKW Sponsor: Plastics One Inc.

Plastics One has been partnering directly with OEMs worldwide since 1949 by working together to provide solutions to industry needs.

As an ISO 13485 and 9001 certified full-service medical component manufacturer the focus is on designing and building custom cable and connector assemblies with unique design requirements. The engineers and R&D teams are hands on, and ready to help bring ideas to life – we make things happen.

The facility encompasses over 85,000 square feet and offers in-house design engineering, research and development, a state of the art toolroom, diverse plastic injection molding, assembly and packaging services. The quality management system subjects products to rigorous inspection before they are shipped to the customer. Plastics One also has nine ISO Class 8, 100,000 Cleanrooms with two ISO Class 7, 10,000 Cleanrooms which are utilized for molding, assembly and packaging parts for the medical device industry.

Thank you, Plastics One Inc., for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2015 Global Partnership Week!

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 and academic relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

2014 Winners: The grand prize went to Team feelSpace of the University of Trento. Read more about the winning teams! Watch the 2014 Global Partnership Week video and read about the event publicity.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Rackspace

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsor Showcase: RackspacePictured: Katherine Reed, Dan Shain, Kirk AveRrett, David McGrath, Deanna Murphy

Rackspace: The #1 managed cloud company

Rackspace is the #1 managed cloud company because we have what other commodity cloud companies can only dream of—Fanatical Support®. It starts with each of our over 6,000 employees worldwide bringing their passion and technology expertise with them every day. Doing whatever it takes to push our customer workloads to perform faster and scale larger all with superior security.

Thank you, Rackspace, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2015 Global Partnership Week!

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 and academic relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

2014 Winners: The grand prize went to Team feelSpace of the University of Trento. Read more about the winning teams! Watch the 2014 Global Partnership Week video and read about the event publicity.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: VPT

VPT, Inc. is a global leader in power products to aerospace, military, and space applications. VPT offers high reliability DC-DC power converters for use in a wide range of programs such as GPS Satellites, Boeing commercial aircraft, Predator UAVs, and SpaceX rockets. VPT products are sold internationally to over 35 countries and have flown to the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Pluto, and the International Space Station. Headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, VPT employs over 200 people in facilities that also include Seattle, Boston, and Taiwan. Pictured below is VPT’s annual picnic on the New River attended by employees and family from all these locations.

2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsor Showcase: VPT

Thank you, VPT, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2015 Global Partnership Week!

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 and academic relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

2014 Winners: The grand prize went to Team feelSpace of the University of Trento. Read more about the winning teams! Watch the 2014 Global Partnership Week video and read about the event publicity.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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VTKW Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Featured on Fox 21/27

VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge was highlighted Thursday morning on the Fox 21/27 Morning News. Watch the video to find out more about the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge and our generous new sponsor, Plastics One Inc., who made it possible for VT KnowledgeWorks to expand the event prizes.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge celebrates the energy and creativity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy, and encourages them to develop their entrepreneurial ideas. This weeklong celebration provides a unique opportunity for students to initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition. Elite student teams will compete for a $25,000 grand prize, as they pitch their business ideas before a live audience and judging panel.

The Global Partnership Week and Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge is made possible thanks to the generous support of VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors:

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, PC, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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.

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2015 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: National Bank

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National Bank’s Hubbard Street Office in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Discover modern banking with a local touch! Founded in Blacksburg in 1891, National Bank is committed to serving Southwest Virginia with today’s most convenient banking products backed up by friendly, personalized service. Stay in control of your finances with our free Mobile Banking App, Internet Banking service and TeleBanc account access. Or visit any of our 25 convenient offices located throughout the region. Whether you’re doing your banking from across the globe or right next door, you can count on us for personal attention, local decision making and a proven track record of financial strength and stability.

National Bank is a subsidiary of National Bankshares, Inc., a Blacksburg-based financial holding company with $1.1 billion in assets. To learn more about National Bank, visit our website at www.nbbank.com.

Thank you, National Bank, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2015 Global Partnership Week!

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 and academic relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a week-long Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

2014 Winners: The grand prize went to Team feelSpace of the University of Trento. Read more about the winning teams!  Watch the 2014 Global Partnership Week video and read about the event publicity.

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

Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, CIT GAP Funds, City of Roanoke, Fox 21/27, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., Meridium, Montgomery County, Virginia Economic Development Department, National Bank, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Phoenix Packaging Operations, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Shentel, SunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union First Market Bank, UXB International, Inc., Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc, Wordsprint

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