Save the Date: VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge


The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge celebrates the energy and creativity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy, while encouraging them to develop their entrepreneurial ideas. Please join us as we observe elite university teams compete on a world stage and deliver 10-minute presentations for a $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy.

The Challenge is in conjunction with the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Event, August 17-26, which offers a unique opportunity for global student teams and faculty to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., USA.  Stay tuned to learn more about this year’s 14 finalist teams  and what universities they will be representing.


Register for the VT Knowledgeworks Global Student Entrepreneurship ChallengeAugust 24, 2017 | 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Alumni Assembly Hall at the Holtzman Alumni Center

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Tickets are FREE


  • $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
  • $15,000 – 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’s Outreach and International Affairs.


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.

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