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University Track 2015

Each university or institution that is sending a student team to compete in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge is expected to send at least one faculty or staff member to participate in the University Track during the Global Partnership Week.  This option is intended for university senior staff and/or faculty delegates charged with building institutional bridges to other universities around the globe. While in Roanoke and Blacksburg, attendees will have the unique opportunity to participate in university-to-university networking opportunities hosted by Virginia Tech, and to gather for cooperative brainstorming sessions and best practices exchange. 

Faculty/staff will receive special rates for hotel lodging at The Inn at Virginia Tech and the Hotel Roanoke, and are included in some meal-time events, but will, unfortunately, not be fully subsidized.  You should contact the hotel in advance (no later than early July) to arrange your own personal lodging, since space fills up quickly!  Registration details here.

Useful links:

·   Read about the 2014 winning teams of the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.
·   Review the rules to nominate a student team to the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.
·   Read more about the 2015 university track event agenda.
·   Review the registration steps, including how to make your personal reservations during the event week.

Benefits to participating include:

·   Roundtables that explore and facilitate multi-university cooperative arrangements
·   Brainstorm sessions to exchange best practices
·   Overview of Virginia Tech and introduction to university executives
·   Celebratory meals and banquets with global students and faculty
·   Downtown Roanoke attractions and shopping
·   Admission to the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge and Awards Banquet
·   Opportunity to network and partner with other universities
More information on the annual roundtable, Tuesday, August 18, 2015:
Virginia Tech's Outreach and International Affairs hosts an annual roundtable, where university partners are given the opportunity to exchange information and provide an update about new innovations and initiatives being conducted at their institution. We would like each faculty/staff member to focus on their university's entrepreneurship support programs in particular. The purpose of this session is to dedicate time to learn about each other, in hopes of future collaboration and partnership among all university partners.
Each participant should prepare a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation that focuses on your university's entrepreneurship support programs.  The presentation can include:
·   a brief overview of your university (1 - 2 slides)
·   highlights of the various entrepreneurship programs and business incubation practices at your university
·   new initiatives and innovations from September 2014 - August 2015
·   nomination process of your student team for the Global Partnership Week
·   Presentations should be saved on a USB drive and brought to the roundtable. Please also send the presentation in advance to info@vtkwglobal.com.