Entrepreneur Club at Virginia Tech has many different events on a regular basis.  We have weekly workshops & speakers, Built with:_____, as well as other competitions and speakers.

Events are added and updated throughout each semester. The best way to keep up to date with all events is to subscribe to event notifications on Facebook.  Every event we have, there will be a Facebook event. But you can also check out the list of events below.

Here is the Google Drive folder containing all of the weekly meeting presentations so far.  We will continue to update this folder throughout the semester.


Fall 2016 events

Kick Off the Year Facebook Event
September 15, 2016 | Pritchard Hall Courtyard | 6pm
Entrepreneur Club is excited and ready to get this year started! Before we delve into our event packed semester, come join us for our kick off event. This is the perfect opportunity to hangout and network with students, entrepreneurs, and other creators and doers in the community. Share about your entrepreneurship interests and discover the interests of others. You won't want to miss this! 

 

Virginia Velocity Tour  |  About the Tour Facebook Event
September 19, 2016 | Moss Arts Center | 6pm  
An event hosted by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia Velocity Tour aims to shine a light on the entrepreneurs shaping Virginia's 21st century economy. Six teams from across Virginia will be participating in pitch competitions for a chance to win $25,000. As a group, we will be meeting in the lobby of the Moss Arts Center at 5:50pm to watch the unfolding of this event. This is a great way to become familiar on how pitch competitions work, what things teams do well and what they need to improve on. 

 

COO Michael Ellison: CodePath Facebook Event
September 22, 2016 NCB 210 7pm
Hackers @ VT are hosting Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Michael Ellison, who is the COO of CodePath to come out and talk about his endeavors with us. CodePath is an organization that provides free, accelerated mobile engineering classes for professional developers and designers. Along with talking about his entrepreneurial and Silicon Valley experiences, Michael Ellison will also talk about CodePath University and how he plans to bring it to our campus. Come out to learn more. 

 

What's a Business Model Canvas? Facebook Event
September 27, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1100 | 7pm
Learn about an entrepreneurial tool that allows you to describe, create, and pivot your business idea.

 

What is Customer Discovery? |
October 4, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1100 | 7pm
Now that you've figured out how your idea is going to bring value to you customers.  Figure out how to talk to your customers.

 

Built with:_____ 5 |  Website
October 7, 2016
To bring together students with completely different skills and majors to meet, collaborate, and start building absolutely anything!

 

From Campus to Kickstarter | Facebook
October 11, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1100 | 7pm
During his senior year in Mechanical Engineering, Sky Van Iderstine started working on Formy. Formy makes 3D printed bike grips designed perfectly for the rider to increase comfort and durability. Formy is currently running a Kickstarter to raise enough money to bring Formy to the next level. Come learn Sky's story and see how you can bring your college idea to Kickstarter.

 

Todd Headley, Former CFO of Sourcefire | Facebook
October 19, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1100 | 7pm
Todd Headley graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Accounting in 1985. Todd was the CFO of Sourcefire, a cyber security company. With instrumental help from Todd, Sourcefire raised a total of $55M in four rounds of venture financing, completed a $93M IPO in 2007, made two technology acquisitions and was ultimately sold to Cisco for $2.7B. Listen to Todd's story and learn how to grow an idea into a billion dollar company.  

 

San Francisco VR Co-founder, Hayden Lee | Facebook
October 21, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1040 | 4pm
Recent VT grad and former Entrepreneur Club President, Hayden Lee,  is the co-founder of an up-and-coming virtual reality startup named BigScreen. Hayden will be in town for the day to quickly share his story and answer any questions you have about virtual reality and the challenges the industry may face next. 

 

Mapping our Your Customer Ecosystem | Facebook
October 25, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1100 | 7pm
This will be a very interactive workshop where Tom Martin will encourage you to think about the big picture of the problem you are solving. Tom Martin is a professor in the ECE department and a senior fellow at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT).

 

Value Proposition Guide | Facebook
November 1, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1100 | 7pm
Learn with other students on how to use some special techniques and tools to understand what your customer really cares about. 

 

Co-founder of Lawnstarter: Jonas Weigert Facebook
November 8, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1040 | 7pm
Jonas Weigert is a Virginia Tech alum and the co-founder of a progressive startup called Lawnstarter. Jonas will be video-calling in tell us his story.

 

Co-owner of Benny's: Chris Brown | Facebook
November 14, 2016 | New Classroom Building Rm 270 | 7pm
Benny's is an accomplished entrepreneurial venture that wants to share their story about what inspires them and how they have grown to serve their 28" pies to satisfied customers at 14 different locations. You know you love their pizza, so come out and and grab a slice on us and hear about how they are growing their fan base to "every community in need of a little compassion, loyalty, and of course, great pizza."

 

Leadership Team Interest Meeting | Facebook
November 16, 2016 | McBryde Hall Room 218 | 7pm
 The leadership team consists of a close group of students dedicated to building a creative, action-oriented community at Virginia Tech. We don't take our job lightly--we work hard because we love what we do and it takes real commitment to build our vision of the Virginia Tech entrepreneurial community. If you're interested in getting more involved in Entrepreneur Club, come learn how you can join our team. 

 

Adobe After Effects Workshop | Facebook
November 17, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1140 | 7pm
 Entrepreneur Club is thrilled to announce our first Adobe Workshop of the semester! Come out and get access to a 30-day trial of Adobe and learn from the masters at the Innovation Space. This event is sure to invigorate you with creativity as we delve into After Effects. Make sure to come out!

 

How to Tell Your Story | Facebook
November 29, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1100 | 7pm
 How do you tell a story so people understand what you're solving and what you're selling? Mike Abbott (from the first meeting) is back and this time he'll be sharing his experience on making your story concise and meaningful. Whether you are preparing for a pitch competition or talking about your project, this is a good event to check out. 

 

Share Your Story | Facebook
December 6, 2016 | Torgersen Hall Room 1100 | 7pm
You've learned a lot this semester.  As our last event of the semester, we hope that you come out and share what you've learned along with what projects you are currently working on (if you are) and have some pizza while you're at it!

 

Spring 2016 events
 

E-Club Members Share Their Stories of Building a Company  |  Facebook Event
February  8, 2016
Six active student companies and ventures shared their stories of building their products and answered questions about how they got to where they are today.

 

Uncensored: Michael Fleming of TORC Robotics  |  Facebook Event
February 22, 2016
Michael Fleming, CEO of TORC Robotics which is a Blacksburg based robotics company, will share the story of starting and bootstrapping TORC.

 

Uncensored: Aivey Pear, Blacksburg Restaurant Mogul  |  Facebook Event
February 29, 2016
Have you ever eaten at Next Door Bake Shop?  Cafe de Bangkok? Social House?  Aivey Pear is the Blacksburg restaurant mogul who owns and operates all three of these local favorites.  She will be sharing her story and secrets to staying alive in the cut throat restaurant business.

 

Taking a Company Public on the New York Stock Exchange | Facebook Event
March 21, 2016
Anthony Hardenburgh was an executive who helped take Amber Road public in March of 2014.  He will be sharing his raw and uncut story of graduating Virginia Tech, going into international business, and eventually IPOing on Wall Street.

 

Legal Workshop: Incorporating, Equity, IP, Patent Searches | Facebook Event
March 28, 2016
Ken Maready, a corporate & IP lawyer, will run through some basic legal considerations when starting a business.  Topics including: the process for incorporating, choosing legal structure, co-founder agreement, overview of IP, patent search, plus anything else you'd like to ask.

 

Q&A with Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist, Doug Dooley | Facebook Event
April 1, 2016
Doug Dooley is a partner at Venrock, which is a venture capital firm formed to build upon the successful investing activities of the Rockefeller family. Notable investments include: Intel, Apple, Nest, and Dollar Shave Club, among others.  Doug will talk for a bit at the beginning, but most of the event will be Q&A, so bring any questions you have about venture capital in Silicon Valley, what he looks for in technology companies, anything about startups, etc.

 

Branding and Marketing Workshop
April 4, 2016  | Torgersen Hall 1040 | 7pm
The founders of Modea and Ozmo (two local startups) will be coming in to lead a marketing and branding workshop.

 

3D Printing Workshop
April 11, 2016  | Torgersen Hall 1040 | 7pm
Ever wanted to 3D print something, but you had no idea where to start?  This workshop will teach you the basics of how 3D printing works, how to design something with 3D CAD software, plus where and how to get it printed for free on campus!

 

Built with:_____ 4 |  website
April 15, 2016
To bring together students with completely different skills and majors to meet, collaborate, and start building absolutely anything!

 

Accounting Basics for Startups
April 25, 2016 | Torgersen Hall 1040 | 7pm
The
Brown, Edwards & Company, accounting firm will be explaining the basics of accounting so an entrepreneur (of any background) can keep solid financial records.  They'll also highlight area where startups need to focus to say out of financial problems.