VT KnowledgeWorks Announces Winners of Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

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

College Dough

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE Digital, National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Plastics One Inc

Thank you, Plastics One Inc, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

Plastics One is a full-service contract manufacturer located in Roanoke, VA. Since 1949, we’ve been partnering with OEMs worldwide for specific design and product needs – a track record that promises you the power of our connecting abilities in superior manufacturing and customer service. We are proud to design and custom manufacture medical cables and cable assemblies, connectors, and provide injection, insert, and cleanroom molding with in-house tooling and design services. The engineers and R&D teams are hands on, and ready to help bring ideas to life – we make things happen. For more information, take a look at http://www.plastics1.com/ and http://www.injectionmoldingva.com/

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, 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.
2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability, and the event will include a one-hour break to get lunch on your own. Details here.
  • Advertise
  • Serve as a global host family.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Event, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentel, 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: G.J. Hopkins, Inc.

Thank you, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

 

G.J. Hopkins, Inc. is a 100% employee-owned mechanical, electrical, plumbing and service contracting firm in Roanoke, Virginia. We take in pride in providing our customers with consistent top quality service by using the latest equipment, techniques and technology.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, 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.
2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability, and the event will include a one-hour break to get lunch on your own. Details here.
  • Advertise
  • Serve as a global host family.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Event, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentel, 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: EDC

Thank you, EDC, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

EDC

EDC was founded in 1990 with the objective of providing the highest quality construction management services that would be fully focused upon our clients. In the years since, EDC has grown to become one of the most respected construction companies in the country, with a geographic reach that covers the entire Eastern United States, and a diversity of expertise in project types that includes retail, office, higher education, theaters, research & development, and grocery.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, 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.
2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability, and the event will include a one-hour break to get lunch on your own. Details here.
  • Advertise
  • Serve as a global host family.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Event, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentel, 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: City of Roanoke

Thank you, City of Roanoke, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

 

The City of Roanoke, Virginia is rich in history, community spirit, and natural beauty. With a population of almost 100,000, you will find an incomparable mix of urban sophistication and down-home charm in our city. A six-time All-America City and the largest city on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke has an impressive array of arts, outdoor opportunities, and cultural amenities as well as an aggressive economic strategy to attract business development.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, 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.
2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability, and the event will include a one-hour break to get lunch on your own. Details here.
  • Advertise
  • Serve as a global host family.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Event, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentel, 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Carilion Clinic

Thank you, Carilion Clinic, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

 

Carilion Clinic, 2017 Sponsor of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week

Carilion Clinic is a not-for-profit healthcare organization serving nearly one million people in Virginia through hospitals, outpatient specialty centers and advanced primary care practices. Led by multi-specialty physician teams with a shared philosophy that puts the patient first, Carilion is committed to improving outcomes for every patient while advancing the quality of care through medical education and research. For more information visit www.carilionclinic.org/about.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, 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.
2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability, and the event will include a one-hour break to get lunch on your own. Details here.
  • Advertise
  • Serve as a global host family.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Event, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentel, 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Brown Edwards

Thank you, Brown Edwards, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

Brown Edwards is a full-service accounting firm with 300 professionals and nine locations in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. The firm has enjoyed significant growth since its formation in 1967, thanks to our unwavering commitment to clients, providing the highest quality professional services in the industry, and delivering the attention and responsiveness they deserve and have come to expect from their accountants.

The firm has been recognized among the top 125 largest public accounting firms in the United States by the award-winning newsletter, Inside Public Accounting, in their annual publication of the Top 200 Public Accounting Firms by gross revenue. The firm’s diverse clientele includes contractors, manufacturers, biotechnology companies, engineering and software developers, healthcare providers, distributors, real estate developers, financial service providers, retailers/wholesalers, municipal governments, education and other not-for-profits. For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.BEcpas.com.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, 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.
2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability, and the event will include a one-hour break to get lunch on your own. Details here.
  • Advertise
  • Serve as a global host family.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Event, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentel, 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: BAE Systems

Thank you, BAE Systems, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!

BAE systems

Headquartered in Radford, Virginia, BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. (OSI) operates the Holston and Radford Army plants in support of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial requirements. In addition to production, OSI provides a host of ammunition-related services, including modernization program management, inventory management, and energetics research and development. Holston Army Ammunition Plant is a key source for U.S. DoD high explosives.

Their portfolio product mix includes RDXs, HMXs, IMXs, and PBXs. Radford Army Ammunition Plant is a key source for high-volume U.S. DoD Nitrocellulose/Propellants. Their portfolio product mix includes Nitrocellulose, single-base propellants, multi-base propellants, and rocket propellants. OSI is an innovation leader in next generation explosives and propellants development through its robust IR&D program. OSI is an active supporter of U.S. DoD and commercial product development through a wide variety of CRAD programs. In addition, OSI has provided total program management for all modernization projects conducted at its two ammunition plants. This extensive program includes modernization planning, project management, design, construction, and prove-out of a wide variety of projects.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, 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.
2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability, and the event will include a one-hour break to get lunch on your own. Details here.
  • Advertise
  • Serve as a global host family.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Event, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentel, 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.

2017 VTKW Sponsor Showcase: Automation Creations, Inc.

Thank you, Automation Creations, for sponsoring VT KnowledgeWorks including the 2017 Global Partnership Event!
ACI all electric vehicle VT Corporate Research Center

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.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Washington, D.C., and Roanoke-Blacksburg, 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.
2016 Winners: The grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Park & Diamond, Inc., of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Read more about the winning teams! Read about the 2016 event outcomes and publicity.

  • Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 24, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, to get a seat at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served availability, and the event will include a one-hour break to get lunch on your own. Details here.
  • Advertise
  • Serve as a global host family.

For more information about getting involved in the Global Partnership Event, please contact Lindsey Eversole, Outreach Manager, [email protected].

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks Sponsors

Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentel, 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 Finalists for the 2017 VTKW Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals

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

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

  • Bar None Insulated Apparel (Chad Nexon and John Hearney): A revolutionary clothing insulation start up, utilizing bio-mimicry to keep extremities up to three times as warm as today’s best insulation.
  • BioactiVT (Andy Cohen, Angad Verma, Ariana Spalter, Brittany Horton, Danny Murray, David Barto, Eddie Krutyanskiy, Eryney Marrogi, Ethan Hodges, Gavin Vess, Gina Muan, Harrison Lavery, Jay Pennington, Lan Le, Lucy Epshteyn, Max McGrath, Nam Ngo, Qiao-Qiao Wang, Rachel Kitchen, Ranger Turner, Riley Allison, Samuel Washburn, Sarah Sandquist, and Skyler Grunberg): Tempo is BioactiVT’s answer to the “pulse oximeter gap” in the developing world. Operating rooms in developing nations are performing surgeries without these life-saving medical devices because no current solution meets their specific needs. Tempo is solar-powered, which means it can be used in even the most remote locations without a reliable power grid. All contact surfaces on Tempo can be boiled, a more accessible sanitation method in these areas. These design features create a robust, self-powered device with a lower lifetime cost than any oximeter currently on the market.
  • College Dough (Danielle Jeffers): College Dough is an all-in-one resource for students who are applying for scholarships to attend the college of their choice. Students can meet all deadlines with our project management system, find new scholarships in our database, and improve the quality of their submissions with our how-to library. College Dough is the perfect resource for students who want to earn scholarships, eliminate loans, and explore life!
  • RheoPrinters (Mubashir Q. Ansari, Craig D. Mansfield, and Maxwell Propp): We will manufacture Contoured Hot Ends for 3D-Printing, enabling processing of pure high performance thermoplastics as well as composite filaments reinforced with either short fibers or the continuous fibers.
  • Tech Wound Solutions (Juliana Downey, Tucker King, Elisabeth Rebholz, and Kimberly Wyluda): Tech Wound Solutions has created Kare Powder: a topical, advanced wound care dressing that enables faster and more effective healing for chronic wound care patients.
  • This year’s prizes include:
    $5,000 – Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product
  • $5,000 – VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service
  • $10,000 – An additional grand prize for one of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing Award or the Information Technology Award
  • $5,000 – People’s Choice Award sponsored by Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business

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

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

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

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

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include: Allegheny Logistics Group, Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE SystemsBB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion ClinicCelaneseCity of Roanoke, Click & Pledge, Commonwealth Group, EDCG.J. Hopkins, Inc., Meridium from GE DigitalNational Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology CouncilShentelSunTrust Bank , TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.