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Entrepreneur Challenge

March 23, 2018 • The Lyric Theatre • Blacksburg

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Virginia Tech’s biggest entrepreneur competition ever!

The Virginia Tech Entrepreneur Challenge is a campus-wide, student startup competition that brings together successful alumni-entrepreneurs, industry partners, and students to showcase the best new ventures at Virginia Tech.  Join us as interdisciplinary teams from across campus compete for the best business model and a chance to win up to $60,000 in scholarship funding!

Come Together – Be Inspired

The final event features a showcase of the final teams along with a high-powered lineup of keynotes and panels sharing their expertise and experience in the world of entrepreneurship.  

Final Event Schedule – Friday March 23rd

  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM:  Opening Remarks & Keynote
    • Nathan Latka “The VT Advantage: From Barringer Hall to $10.5m CEO”
    • Davis Smith “Using Business as a Force for Good”
  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM:  Panel #1 – “It’s crazy enough it just might work!”
    • Kristen Badgley, Sergei Dubograev, Jason Fisher, Erik Gatenholm, Trenor Williams
  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM:  Finalist Pitches
  • 11:45 PM – 12:45 PM:  Finalist Pitches
  • 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM:  Lunch
  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM:  Panel #2 – “Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face”
    • Anthony Beverina, Ryan Carter, Chiny Driscoll, Sonu Singh, Jonathon Perrelli
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM:  Finalist Pitches
  • 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM:  Finalist Pitches
  • 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM:  Panel #3 –  “What’s Next?”
    • Katherine Andersen, Nelson Chu, John Kinzer, Russ Thomas
  • 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM:  Keynote 
  • 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM:  Awards Ceremony

View the competition timeline for registered teams

Questions?

Contact the Apex Center
3002 Pamplin Hall
540.231.1328 | ApexCenter@vt.edu

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The Virginia Tech Entrepreneur Challenge finals and awards ceremony will be hosted at:

The Lyric Theatre
135 College Ave, Blacksburg, VA 24060

The Virginia Tech Entrepreneur Challenge VIP and Top 10 teams lunch will be hosted at:

Tops of the Stairs (TOTS)
217 College Ave, Blacksburg, VA 24060

March 23, 2018