2017 Winners

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Experiences shared from former grand prize winners.

 

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Winning Teams of the 2015 Global Student Challenge

Read the full press release annoucing the winners of the 2015 Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Team Visionear, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand, Grand Prize Winner ($10,000) and Winner of the Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award ($15,000) - $25,000
Pictured left to right: Tiranee Achalakul of KMUTT, with Natthaphat Laoharawee, Nuntipat Narkthong, Budsapanee Pongsiriyaporn, and Sandy Ferrell of Plastics One Inc.

Team VisionearThe grand prize of $25,000 was awarded to Team Visionear of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, Thailand, which included Nuntipat Narkthong, Natthaphat Laoharawee, Budsapanee Pongsiriyaporn, and Gaywalee Laimloha. Their prize package included the $15,000 Plastics One Advanced Manufacturing Award for the most outstanding tangible product. In addition to that, they were awarded another $10,000, and as a permanent tribute to their success, their name and university will be etched into the base of the Global Challenge Trophy, which will reside at VT KnowledgeWorks in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.  Their winning concept was a wearable device designed to improve the quality of life for those who are visually impaired. Visionear combines product’s barcode reader, banknote detector, color detector, light detector and crowd-sourced information reader in a single, comprehensive device that can be used offline without an Internet connection or a smart phone.

 

Team Animus, Universidad del Norte, Colombia, Winner of the VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award - $15,000
Pictured left to right: Alfonso Andrés Quijano Jesurum, Jose Miguel Gómez Castro, and President of the VT Corporate Research Center, Dr. Joe Meredith

Team Animus

The $15,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Information Technology Award for the most outstanding intangible product or service went to Team Animus of Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia, represented by Alfonso Quijano Jesurum and Jose Gómez Castro. Animus Ingeniería is a technology-based company with expertise in video analytics and telemetry that combines face recognition, automatic vehicle location, and inventory control technology that helps companies in Latin America affected by highway banditry or merchandise theft in vehicles transporting goods over land.

 

 

Team EntoLog, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, Winner of the People’s Choice Award - $5,000
Pictured left to right: Dr. Benjamin Graziano of ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, with Philippe Geiger, Stefan Klettenhammer, Meinrad Koch, and President of the VT Corporate Research Center, Dr. Joe Meredith

Team EntoLogThe People’s Choice award of $5,000, sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, was selected by vote of the event attendees at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge.  The People’s Choice was awarded to Team EntoLog of ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland whose business concept aims to help tackle the growing global challenge of producing nutritious protein-rich foods using an innovative technology that enables the extraction of proteins and other valuable nutritional products from insects. Meinrad Koch, Stefan Klettenhammer, and Philippe Geiger presented the concept.

 

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