Thanks to partial support from a GO Virginia Experiential Learning In Tech Employment (ELITE) grant, awarded to the RBTC, we are delighted to host the following training and professional development event opportunities during Game Changer Week, Sep. 5-8, 2023. Register for Game Changer Week, download the app, and come join us for these additional networking opportunities for students and regional employers.


Game Changer Pitch Competition | Tues., Sep. 5- Fri., Sep. 8, 2023 (several events throughout the week, including a kick-off reception, student-mentor pitching sessions, and the final pitch event on Sep. 8th at The Lyric): The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, in collaboration with the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, invites student teams from Virginia Tech and around the region to enter the first annual Game Changer Student Pitch Competition. The competitors will demonstrate their groundbreaking ideas for addressing real-world challenges and compete for prizes totaling over $16,000 from September 5-8, 2023.  Visit the Pitch Competition site to get an overview of the events and rules, as well as the generous sponsors, who have made this possible. Read the full story here.


Innovative Problem Identification and Problem Solving at Starr Hill Pilot Brewery | Wed., Sep. 6, 2023, 10:30-11:30AM:  Have you ever heard the saying that if you had 60 minutes to solve a problem you should spend 59 of them identifying what the problem is? Do you sometimes waste time in problem-solving mode to realize that the true problem wasn’t what you were solving? This session will focus on actionable tools and proven techniques to identify core problems and solution-focused decision making.


Big Deal BIO Takeover at Twisted Track, Roanoke | Wed., Sep. 6, 2023, 5:00pm-8:00pm:  There’s been a lot of talk about biotechnology in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Several exciting projects and resources are coming online. The night will feature some BIG updates and announcements, as well as, presentations from JLABS global accelerator companies! Come connect with leaders, startup founders, projects, and learn all the ways the biohealth community can be supported!  Big deal BIO is powered by Verge, VT CRC, FBRI, Virginia BIO, VIPC, CSC Leasing, City of Roanoke Economic Development Office, Carilion Healthcare, GO Virginia ELITE grant, and Virginia Western Community College.



BIT SWVA: Exploring AI in the Workplace and Cybersecurity | Wed., Sep. 6, 2023, 6:00pm-8:00pm: Join us for an enlightening exploration into the realms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the workplace and the critical field of Cyber Security. Hosted by BIT SWVA, this event offers a unique opportunity to delve into the cutting-edge developments and challenges shaping the modern business landscape. This event is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: RBTC, PowerSchool, Bullish, GO Virginia ELITE grant, and Goodwill Industries of the Valley.