Roanoke and Blacksburg

Monday, September 19, 2016

Situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Highlands region, the cities of Roanoke and Blacksburg are home to both cutting edge innovation and natural splendor. The region is home to Virginia Tech, which boasts some of the nation’s best robotics and autonomous transportation programs. The school's unique status as an FAA-approved drone testing site is just a taste of the region’s thriving STEM environment, which also boasts a test site for Google’s self-driving cars and impressive job growth rates.

The Roanoke and Blacksburg day will highlight the region’s unique strengths in engineering and energy. With businesses heavily engaged in industries from health to defense, it is the perfect location for developing high tech industry. Bridged by a commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, Roanoke and Blacksburg represent a vibrant business district at the gateway to Central Appalachia.

Tour Schedule: Roanoke and Blacksburg 9/19

Only events with an RSVP link are open to the public. All other events are invite-only.
  • Welcome Breakfast at CoLab Roanoke

    9:00-10:15 am

    hosted by CoLab Roanoke

    CoLab is a gathering center for creative thinkers, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. As an event venue, coworking space, and resource hub, CoLab supports collaboration and innovation in the Roanoke Valley. This event is invite-only.

  • Startup Crawl: TMEIC

    TMEIC is a global company headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, which carries out research and development for drive, motor, and automation technologies

  • Luncheon at Rackspace at the VT Corporate Research Center

    1:00-2:30 pm

    hosted by Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council

  • Startup Crawl: TORC Robotics

    hosted by TORC Robotics

    Torc Robotics is a leader in game-changing remote-control, digital-control, and autonomous robotics technologies and systems.

  • Startup Crawl: Aeroprobe

    hosted by Aeroprobe

    Aeroprobe is a leading producer of air data and flow measurement systems to aerospace, automotive, turbomachinery, wind turbine, and wind tunnel testing industries around the world.

  • The Roanoke-Blacksburg Pitch Competition


    Six finalists in the fields of engineering and energy will pitch on stage at Virginia Tech's Moss Arts Center for the chance to win $25,000.

    RSVP Here →


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