Video: Virginia Tech rings the NYSE Closing Bell
Few settings are more symbolic than the New York Stock Exchange — the world’s top spot for raising capital — to celebrate and promote Virginia Tech’s initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship.
On Tuesday April 26, Virginia Tech — President Tim Sands, Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast, and a group of alumni, including advisory board members of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship — will do just that by ringing the closing bell at 4 p.m.
So, New York-area alumni and other Hokies who find themselves in Lower Manhattan on “Bell Day”: Don your finest orange and maroon and come celebrate with us outside the NYSE after the bell ringing!
When: 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. April 26
Where: New York Stock Exchange, 11 Wall St., New York City (Map it)
Questions? Contact Bonnie Gilbert, director of alumni relations, Pamplin College of of Business
Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
At the forefront of the university’s initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship is the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Pamplin College of Business. Established in 2014 to educate students about entrepreneurship and involve them in entrepreneurship activities, the center offers a variety of opportunities for students to be involved with a dynamic network. The center also serves as a resource for outreach to the business community and supports faculty research related to entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and new venture formation and growth.
Innovate living-learning community
The Innovate living-learning community, launched in 2013, seeks to discover, prepare, and connect the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. Students immerse themselves in the many facets of entrepreneurship: brainstorming ideas, concept development, demographic research, product design, writing a business plan, securing funding, creating a marketing campaign, final implementation.
VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge
The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge is an opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech to present their business concepts before a panel of local business leaders. At this year's competition, all three of the top prizes (in the outstanding tangible product, information technology/services, and people’s choice categories) went to teams directly involved in the Apex Systems Center’s programs and received its support and curriculum offerings.
Union Innovation Challenge
The annual Union Innovation Challenge, organized by the Apex Systems Center in partnership with Union Bank & Trust, inspires students and others to submit innovative venture proposals for a chance to win cash funding and significant start-up services from Union. Six student teams pitched their ideas for new healthcare, wellness, or medical devices in during the 2016 challenge, which was organized in partnership with Carilion Clinic.
Trips are organized every semester to technology and innovation hotbeds around the nation. Students interact with venture capitalists and other business movers and shakers and learn about different innovative and startup communities. The treks have taken students to New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Trekkers head again to New York, to visit seven companies — as well as the NYSE on April 26 when Virginia Tech rings the closing bell.
Entrepreneur in residence
Every few weeks during the academic year, a few entrepreneurs are invited to visit campus to help mentor students. The visiting entrepreneurs live in an apartment connected to the Innovate living-learning community on campus and are actively involved with the students during their stay. The entrepreneurs represent diverse fields and are chosen based on their success in starting and managing enterprises and their commitment to building Virginia Tech’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
Entrepreneurship-new venture growth minor
The minor in entrepreneurship-new venture growth focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to create new ventures and lead their early growth. Students learn how to convert ideas into business successes, particularly in the context of engineering and science-based technology commercialization.
Hokies on Wall Street
This annual networking reception, held every spring, has drawn more than 200 alumni in recent years. Initially an event for alumni working on Wall Street, it has expanded to include alumni in such fields as accounting, real estate, marketing, and publishing.
Virginia Tech’s alumni play important roles in its innovation and entrepreneurship programs, including contributing funds and serving as classroom speakers and career mentors, and as entrepreneurs-in-residence at the Apex Systems Center. The center itself was named in November 2014, in recognition of a $5 million gift by four alumni and their information technology staffing company: Brian Callaghan, Ted Hanson, Win Sheridan, and Jeff Veatch.
Alumni also serve as the university’s links and advocates to the business and professional communities and give back to the university through advisory board service, job placement assistance, and philanthropic gifts.
Read more about how a strong network of alumni can help build the university and about the professional successes of such alumni as: Lynne Doughtie, John Kinzer, Kurt Zuch, Tracy Castle-Newman, and Scott Wells.