Experiences shared from former grand prize winners.


2017 Winners

Full press release and  pictures!


2018 Global Roundtable

Each university or institution that is sending a student team to compete in the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge is expected to send at least one accompanying faculty or staff member to participate in the Global Roundtable.  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 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. 


Useful Links:

·   Learn more about the 2017 winning teams.
·   Review the rules to nominate a student team to the Global E Challenge.
·   Read about registration steps to secure your institution's place and how to make your personal reservations.
·   See a preview of the 2018 agenda for attending faculty/staff.


"I cannot emphasize enough the value of the relationships built and interactions experienced with members from 14 international institutions that meet annually during this event. We have the opportunity to present our institutions and our programs during the annual Roundtable (a complete day dedicated to presentations and discussions), which helps us to identify similarities among other institutions, receive suggestions for improvement, as well as explore future collaboration. We also have the chance to get to know each other on a personal level through informal meetings, dinners, and socials, which helps to further build our international relations. After five years of attending, I can say that many successful joint projects have been developed with the colleagues I have met during this event that I dare call my friends now."  Roberto Napoli, Assistant to the Rector, University of Trento, Italy


Faculty/staff attendees will receive special rates for hotel lodging during the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge, and are included in some meal-time events, but will, unfortunately, not be fully subsidized.  You should contact the hotel in advance (no later mid-July) to arrange your personal lodging, since space fills up quickly!  Registration details here. If you do not plan on participating in the optional Washington, D.C., trip (see below), University Track attendees can arrive and depart from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

Optional two-day trip to Washington, D.C., August 16-18

Faculty/staff attendees have the option of registering for an additional two-day trip to Washington, D.C., August 16-18, to enjoy sightseeing trips to museums and monuments, and participate in private tours with attending student teams.  Attendees will shift to Blacksburg, Virginia, by a chartered bus with students to enjoy a week-long celebration of entrepreneurship during the Global E Challenge, August 18-25. Anyone participating in the Washington, D.C., trip should fly into the Washington Dulles International Airport, Dulles, Virginia on Thursday, August 16. All attendees can depart from the airport of their choice; however, in light of our event concluding in Blacksburg, Virginia, August 25, guests can conveniently depart from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, if desired.


Attendee Benefits:

    Optional two-day trip to Washington, D.C., August 16-18 to explore our Nation's Capital, including...
·   Sightseeing trips to museums and monuments
·   Participate in private tours
·   Enjoy celebratory meals
·   Networking opportunities
·   Additional registration required for faculty/staff attendees desiring to participate in the DC trip.

    Week-long stay in Blacksburg, Virginia, August 19-25...
·   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

    Annual roundtable, August 21...
·   the purpose of this session is to dedicate time to learn about each other and strengthen relationships, in hopes of future collaboration and partnership among all university partners
·   provide an update to other partners about new innovations and initiatives being conducted at your institution, focusing on your university's entrepreneurship support programs
·   each participant should prepare a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation (saved on a USB drive and brought to the roundtable) that focuses on your university's entrepreneurship support programs, including:
·   highlights of your university entrepreneurship programs and business incubation practices
·   new initiatives and innovations from September 2017 - August 2018
·   save the PowerPoint presentation in .ppsx format, for compatibility purposes on both PC/Mac
·   five minutes for question and answer time will follow your 10 minute presentation.