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Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business and Apex Systems Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell


ADVISORY, April 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --


Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square.  The Pamplin College of Business is a nationally recognized leader in business education and an integral part of Virginia Tech – the premier research university of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Through a refined academic focus aimed at fostering innovation, Pamplin has enhanced its ability to educate and develop the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The recent founding of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship highlights Pamplin’s and Virginia Tech’s shared commitment to nurturing an entrepreneurial mind-set amongst its students, faculty and alumni. The center strives to cultivate an atmosphere and culture that unleashes creativity, sparks vision and innovation, and teaches the governing principles that are the foundation of every successful enterprise while nourishing and sustaining the entrepreneurial spirit in students.

In honor of the occasion, Robert T. Sumichrast, Dean of Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech will ring the Opening Bell.


Nasdaq MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio


Thursday, April 30, 2015 – 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET      

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About Pamplin College of Business & Apex Systems CIE:

Pamplin is a leader in business education, developing knowledge and skills to enhance success in a complex, digital economy, and recognized by companies that employ our graduates and by individuals at influential universities. We will be particularly known for our expertise and accomplishments in business intelligence/analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and for our international programs.

Job growth in the United States depends heavily on innovative new businesses—innovation that extends beyond new products, services, and ventures to include new processes and visions such as design thinking, the “Internet of Things”, social entrepreneurship, the arts, non-profits, and extraordinary new technologies. Pamplin will enhance the education of its students and increase faculty research with respect to innovation and entrepreneurship. Experiential learning and mentoring opportunities related to entrepreneurship can assist students in developing the skills, drive and determination for succeeding in start-up environments and help them embrace innovation with confidence. Pamplin will play a greater role in facilitating the commercialization of intellectual property developed at Virginia Tech and work with organizations (business, nonprofit, and government) to advance Virginia entrepreneurship activities, with special emphasis on the Roanoke/Blacksburg area and the National Capital Region. Pamplin’s new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be a central part of advancing this aspect of our vision.

The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship creates a supportive, nurturing environment for all students at Virginia Tech who are driven to start and grow a new venture. We inspire confidence, courage, and the drive to take the entrepreneurial plunge. We strive to cultivate an atmosphere and culture that unleashes creativity, sparks vision and innovation, and teaches the governing principles that are the foundation of every successful enterprise. We provide connections to mentors and investors who guide students as they navigate new horizons. We establish courses, lecture series, competitions, conferences, workshops, and other opportunities that nourish and sustain the entrepreneurial spirit in students.

About Nasdaq:

Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,500 listed companies with a market value of approximately $9.5 trillion and more than 10,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit: or


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