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2016 Registration Options

Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary

Initial registration by March 4, 2016

The Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary is open to any full-time university student team from a non-U.S. institution and who is not already from an existing VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partner institution. Institutions who have never participated in a former VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge can submit an "intent to support" online registration by midnight EDT of March 4, 2016 by committing that at least one student team from their university will participate in the Global Challenge Virtual Preliminary. The winning team of the preliminary will win a spot in the August finals at the Global Partnership Week, August 14-20.

Global Partnership Week

Intent to compete registration submitted by global university partners by April 1, 2016

The Global Partnership Week is intended for universities who have been approved to participate in our week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, August 14-20, 2016 by nominating a student team to compete as a finalist in the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. Institutions will also send a faculty or staff member to participate in the University Track and annual roundtable, in conjunction with the Global Partnership Week.
Roanoke-Blacksburg regional participation is encouraged during the Global Partnership Week in the following ways:
·   Advertising
·   Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge, August 18
·   Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception, August 19
Entrepreneurship Support Worldwide

Students who are not participating in the Global Partnership Week or Virtual Preliminary but would still like to receive feedback from one of our VT KnowledgeWorks mentors, can submit the skeleton of their startup idea online.  Once it has been reviewed by our mentors, they will offer their first impressions and suggest ways to reduce your risk via GoToMeeting. Register then Submit.  No charge.