Few settings are more symbolic than the New York Stock Exchange — the world’s top spot for raising capital — to celebrate and promote Virginia Tech’s initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship.
And on April 26, 2016, Virginia Tech — President Tim Sands, Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast, and a group of alumni, including advisory board members of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship — did just that by ringing the closing bell at 4 p.m.
At the forefront of the university’s initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship is the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Pamplin College of Business. Established in 2014 to educate students about entrepreneurship and involve them in entrepreneurship activities, the center offers a variety of opportunities for students to be involved with a dynamic network, including interactions with entrepreneurs-in-residence, “treks” to entrepreneurial hot spots around the nation, and the Innovate living-learning community on campus. The center, also known as Apex CIE, also serves as a resource for outreach to the business community and supports faculty research related to entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and new venture formation and growth.
Thank you, Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, for sponsoring the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals!
Virginia Tech student teams will compete at the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals for the chance to win one of three scholarship prizes, including the $5,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product, the $5,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service, and the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. One of the two teams that receive the Advanced Manufacturing or the Information Technology award will earn the grand prize and receive an additional $10,000 in scholarship assistance, as well as the opportunity to compete on a world stage in the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge this August.
Register to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on Wednesday, April 12, from 1-6 p.m. Registration is free.
VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, supported by the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters is in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Allegheny Logistics Group, Automation Creations, Inc., BAE Systems, BB&T, The Branch Group, Inc., Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP, Carilion Clinic, Celanese, City of Roanoke, Common Wealth Growth Group, EDC, G.J. Hopkins, Inc., National Bank, Plastics One Inc., Rackspace, Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council, Shentel, SMBW, SunTrust Bank, TechLab, Third Security, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Union Bank & Trust, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, VPT, Inc., and Wordsprint.