Experiences shared from former grand prize winners.


2017 Winners

Full press release and  pictures!


Student Track 2013

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge celebrates the energy and creativity of university students, recognizes their important contributions to the global economy, and encourages them to develop their entrepreneurial ideas.  This week-long celebration provides a unique opportunity for students to initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition. 

Learn more about the 2013 Global Partnership Week and Student Challenge!.

Benefits to participating include:
·   Chance to compete for a $25,000 Grand Prize, $5,000 Second Prize, and $5,000 People's Choice Award.
·   Ownership of awards and team name engraved on the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge Trophy
·   Presentation coaching with local, technology-based American companies
·   Lodging provided by local host families
·   Downtown Blacksburg and Roanoke shopping
·   Virginia Tech campus tour, including Lane Stadium
·   Celebratory meals, banquets, and social gatherings with Virginia Tech students
·   Opportunity to build your global network with other university students
… ALL FREE for competing student team members!

Thanks to our generous sponsors participating students will incur no food or lodging expenses during their week-long stay in Virginia.  Students or their sponsors are responsible for transportation to and from their home countries to the Roanoke Regional Airport, and a minimal event registration fee.

Learn more about the Rules and Guidelines, Team Registration, and Student Track Agenda.

The Prizes

First Place -$25,000*
Second Place - $5,000*
People's Choice - $5,000*

* Please note tax will be withheld from the prize payment. The standard withholding rate is 30%.

Students will compete for a $25,000 grand prize and VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy, which their team name will be engraved on the Global Challenge Trophy, residing at VT KnowledgeWorks as a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort.  

The team awarded second place will receive $5,000.  All participants will take home priceless memories and a personal global network of student friends.

People’s Choice - $5,000
The People’s Choice award will be selected by vote of the event attendees.  VT KnowledgeWorks would like all contestants and audience members of the Global Student Business Concept Challenge (Thursday, August 22, 2013) to participate in honoring the most outstanding teams, based on the judging criteria.  The formal judging panel uses these same criteria to determine the first and second place teams that receive the $25,000 and $5,000 awards, respectively.  The team/concept with the highest overall ranking by the attendees, and which is not selected by the judging panel for either the First or Second Place award, will earn the $5,000 People’s Choice award.


Finalists of the 2012 Global Student Challenge

Top honors for the 2012 Global Student Challenge went to Mayank Kalra and Annelies Tjebbes of Team VersiCool, representing the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.  Their portable medical device induces controlled hypothermia in cardiac arrest patients, significantly reducing risk of death and other side effects.

Two runner-up teams, VIBEAT (displayed on left), representing the Vienna University of Technology and CARmunity (displayed on right) representing the University of Technology Sydney, each received $5,000.