Chilean team wins VT KnowledgeWorks business student competition
- August 29, 2011
A group of Chilean students has won top honors at an international competition among student entrepreneurs held last week in Blackburg and Roanoke.
Guillermo Vargas Keith, Matias Rojas, Andrés Testón, and Mauricio Ulloa of team Kimeltu from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, Chile, won a grand prize of $25,000 at the Second Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week.
The competition attracted teams from Austria, Canada, Chile, England, France and the U.S.
The winning concept is a Web-based platform allowing educators to measure students’ performance and to monitor their progress.
The runner-up teams were Bio-Sense Diagnostics from the University of Kent in England and OOHLALA Mobile from the University of Toronto in Canada. Each team received $5,000.
Bio-Sense Diagnostics presented a diagnostic test for the fast and efficient diagnosis of specific tumors, based on the concept of the home pregnancy test.
Team OOHLALA Mobile’s product was a mobile application that helps college students navigate campus life.
The competition was part of a week-long celebration of student entrepreneurship.
VT KnowledgeWorks, a self-sustaining not-for-profit subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, is a business incubator in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg.