General Information

  • The eight-week program is conducted at Roanoke College campus from June 2 to July 25, 2014.
  • Roanoke College students receive Internship and/or Intensive Learning course credit.
  • Free room and board on the Roanoke College campus is provided.
  • All applicants will live on campus and shall be available for all team activities.
  • Weekend travel is allowed but team activities would take priority.


A participant works on a product concept.

The Program

  • Teams of students representing multiple disciplines will use existing ideas or conceive innovations and develop the associated marketing research, business models, and business plans. In addition, students will identify and/or develop potential buyers, licensees or strategic partners.
  • Students will attend interactive workshops and panel discussions led by business leaders, entrepreneurs, and college faculty on different aspects of innovation, technology development and business. These may include:
    • Team Building
    • Production Management
    • Marketing Research
    • Financial Planning
    • Business Planning
    • Product Research and Development
    • Packaging & Branding
    • Patenting
  • Students will participate in FDA filing, intellectual property protection and/or patent applications.
  • Students will also participate in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) application process.
  • The program culminates with business plan presentations by the teams before a panel of business leaders, company executives, and Roanoke College faculty.


A student team presents a dental product concept.

 
Roanoke alumnus named to Virginia health board

Roanoke alumnus named to Virginia health board

Tommy East, who is president and CEO of American HealthCare in Roanoke, manages the nursing home industry as a member of the state's board of health.

See all related stories

Prescription for the economy: Roanoke students-turned-economists put knowledge to the test

Prescription for the economy: Roanoke students-turned-economists put knowledge to the test

Students in the Fed Challenge have a mere 20 minutes to present a well-researched summary of the current economic situation. They also propose actions that the Federal Reserve Bank should take to help improve the economy.

See all related stories