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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.



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. 

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.

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