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2017 Winners

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Local Observer Registration 2014


Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception
Crystal Ballroom, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, VA
5:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2014

$75/person; Register by August 13, 2014

Participate in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week by celebrating our growing place in the global community and welcoming our international guests at this reception!  As a participant, you are guaranteed to make new friends in other countries, expand your personal network, and celebrate entrepreneurship. 

Admission includes drinks, food catered by The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, a special performance by the Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers, and music provided by The Floorboards.

Make a trip out of it by booking your hotel room reservations at The Hotel Roanoke and receive our special rates of $117/night or $137/night for double occupancy. Book your hotel room reservation online by calling 1-540-985-5900 and request the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership rate.


Global Student Business Concept Challenge
Washington Lecture Hall, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, VA
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 21, 2014

Admission to the Global Student Challenge Presentations is FREE and available on a first-come, first-served basis for those that desire to observe student teams from all over the world pitch their business concepts for the $25,000 prize and trophy.  At the end of the Challenge, contestants and audience members have the opportunity to vote for the most outstanding team/presentation for the People's Choice award, based on the judging criteria. The winner of the People's Choice will receive $5,000, sponsored by Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs.