New Virginia Tech Start-Up Class helps students turn ideas into - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

New Virginia Tech Start-Up Class helps students turn ideas into businesses

Posted: Updated:

A local college class is helping young entrepreneurs get their start-up businesses off the ground.

It's called VT Start-Up.' It's something, Virginia Tech Associate Dean Jack Lesko has been working on for years.

"Part of my goal was to try to re-create the start-up environment, the atmosphere, and the kind of support and problems they'd have to figure out on their own," Virginia Tech Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Jack Lesko says.

Masters student, Elizabeth Collins, says she's learned to understand the customer is key and she's re-focused her own business ideas to incorporate the need in the market.

"It makes me think from a business prospective, how can I best create positive value in someone's life?" Virginia Tech student, Elizabeth Collins says.

There are 45 mentors volunteering their time in the class, to help pass on their business knowledge to the younger generation.

Recently, the National Science Foundation, announced they are giving $3.75 million to Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, and George Washington University to launch a regional Innovation Corps. The money will be used to help students and faculty researches further bring their discoveries to the market. The curriculum from the I-Corps is what the VT Start-Up class is already using.

Ultimately, the goal is for the class along with the grant, to help create even more technology leaders in our area.

  • Iraq's top Shiite cleric appeals to politicians

    Iraq's top Shiite cleric appeals to politicians

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:38:15 GMT
    The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is appealing to politicians not to be "an obstacle" in the process of transition as Iraq nears a deadline to select its next prime minister.
  • 35 killed, soldier missing as Gaza truce unravels

    35 killed, soldier missing as Gaza truce unravels

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:22:40 GMT
    A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.
    A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may have been abducted.
  • Large expert team reaches Ukraine crash site

    Large expert team reaches Ukraine crash site

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:33:39 GMT
    Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...
    A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.