Experiences shared from former grand prize winners.


2017 Winners

Full press release and  pictures!


Student Track 2014

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge celebrates the energy and creativity of university students and 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. 

Watch this video to learn more about the Global Partnership Week! Review the Rules and Guidelines to participate in the Global Student Challenge.

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.

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! Read more about the 2014 event 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 Global Challenge trophy.  The winning team’s name will also be engraved on the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge trophy on display at VT KnowledgeWorks as a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort.

People’s Choice - $5,000, sponsored by Virginia Tech's Outreach and International Affairs
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 21, 2014) to participate in honoring the most outstanding teams, based on the judging criteria mentioned above.  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.


Winning Teams of the 2014 Global Student Challenge
 $25,000 Grand Prize Winner
Team feelSpace, University of Trento, Italy

Pictured left to right: Dr. Roberto Napoli of the University of Trento with Team feelSpace, including Leonardo Stenico, Galena Kostoska, Alberto Parrella, and Julia Wache. Team feelSpace's winning concept provides a navigation device for blind people. The device is a belt that has vibrating units around the waist, which points to a selected goal – either a GPS coordinate or north, and vibrates to indicate the way.


$5,000 Second Place Winner
Team Santé West, University of British Columbia, Canada

Pictured left to right: President of the VT Corporate Research Center, Dr. Joe Meredith presenting the award to Cam Stuart. Team Santé West's concept aims to bring the proven science of partial weight bearing to a personal, convenient device, helping the user recover from knee and lower leg injuries in less time with better functional outcomes.



$5,000 People's Choice Winner
Team DD-MOff from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Pictured left to right: President of the VT Corporate Research Center, Dr. Joe Meredith presenting the award to Andrea Carolina Mohr Beckdorf, Trinidad Schlotterbeck Suárez, and Alison Kareen Scheuch González, with regional mentor Edward Goyette, and Dr. Constanza Miranda of DILAB, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Team DD-MOff's business concept was a natural product designed to be applied on any object that was in contact with Didymo, a highly invasive algae spreading in several rivers and lakes around the world. The product kills the algae effectively and reduces the chance of dissemination to new environments, while not affecting other ecosystems.