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In today’s world the importance of entrepreneurship is not limited to starting companies – it is also about building the skills necessary for career resiliency and fulfillment in the 21st Century. Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the next generation of Hokie-Entrepreneurs:

Gold Level Sponsors:

1901 Group

1901 Group is a proud Hokie-founded company with locations in Blacksburg and Arlington, VA. Our innovative IT as-a Service delivery model is supported by industry certifications that ensure quality and efficient IT solutions. We’re seeking highly motivated individuals in many fields to join our quickly expanding and passionate team as interns and full time hires!

Silver Level Sponsors:



A retainer-based executive search firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., accelHRate focuses on high impact roles such as Chief Human Resource Officers (CHRO), Financial Officers (CFO), and Boards of Directors.  Founded by Virginia Tech alumni, Kim Shanahan and Kelly McPherson, the accelHRate team has placed hundreds of executives across all industries and geographies.  Engaged clients include 3M, Amgen biotech, Tenable, Plated, and other leading small, mid and large cap companies.

Bronze Level Sponsors:

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Silicon Valley Bank

The bank that helps you build your business at every stage and has helped fund more than 30,000 startups. Unlike other banks, SVB services are designed to come alongside founders and meet the needs of high-growth startups. Companies like Pinterest, Cloudera and Jive all started with us early.  See how SVB makes what’s next happen now for entrepreneurs like you.

SPX Corporation

SPX Corporation is a diversified, global supplier of infrastructure equipment with scalable growth platforms in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and detection and measurement. With operations in 15 countries and more than $1 billion in annual revenue, we offer a wide array of highly engineered products with strong brands.

HVAC solutions offered by our businesses include cooling towers, residential and commercial boilers and comfort heating products. Our detection and measurement products encompass underground locators and inspection equipment, fare collection systems, communication technologies and specialty lighting.

Willow Creek Partners

Willow Creek Partners

Willow Creek Partners is a vertically integrated real estate investment and management firm.  We acquire multi-family, both conventional and student housing, properties in markets where demographic trends and demand drivers can serve as predictors of future value creation.  Our team manages the full lifecycle of our investments- from acquisition through renovation and disposition.   We seek assets that provide attractive risk-adjusted returns and that are located primarily in secondary and tertiary markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.  Our headquarters are in Reston, VA with satellite offices in Raleigh, NC, Blacksburg, VA, and Radford, VA.


Located in Downtown Blacksburg under Top of the Stairs. Dine in, Carry out, or Cater your next event. 

Bottom of the Stairs opened in spring 2017. Our downstairs location is a family-friendly spot serving lunch, dinner and drinks with plenty of seating inside and outside, even upstairs on busy days.  Our menu consists of in house smoked meats(pork, chicken and brisket), burgers, fried catfish, vegetarian options(Veggie BBQ and Veggie Burgers), salads and great appetizers.  Come in with friends or family or have us cater your next event at your place or ours.


A downtown favorite since 1992, PK’s is where friends and good times meet.

Now celebrating 29 years in Blacksburg, PK’s is a local favorite for delicious hot wings and pizza, burgers and many other menu options at a great price. We also offer a wide variety of beers on tap and in bottles, as well as premium liquors and wine.

You’ll find local residents, professionals and students from Virginia Tech all enjoying our pool tables and dart lanes, or watching a game on one of the 23 TVs mounted around the restaurant. So whether you want to catch your favorite team or hang out with your favorite people out back on our deck, PK’s has something for everyone. We can even host and cater your special occasions.



Founded by Virginia Tech alumni Sergei Dubograev, Clowder is the #1 mobile engagement solution for communities. Serving as an organization’s private social network, Clowder apps put on-hand connectivity and convenience at the forefront of any engagement strategy by bringing content, collaboration, and events together in one place. 

Woods Rogers

From initial idea to opening bell—and every step in between—the Woods Rogers Emerging Growth Team has experience in handling the challenges start-up companies may face along the way. We know you need a legal team that understands where you are and where you want to go. We are the team that recognizes the pressures of the market and the innovation and initiative that brought you to this point. We work closely with emerging growth companies, as well as with angel investors and venture capital firms that help finance the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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