2019-20 DNVC Winners
Duquesne New Venture Challenge Video Finalists 2019-2020
During Stage I, cash prizes were awarded for Best Video Pitch, based solely on the quality of the pitch itself.
The DNVC, an entrepreneurship challenge open to the Pittsburgh community and beyond, awarded cash prizes totaling $25,000 to the top five finalists, with a $10,000 cash prize awarded to the winner-JJ Xu, creator of TalkMeUp. Each of the five finalist teams included a Duquesne student or alumnus.
1st Place ($10,000): The creator of TalkMeUp-an artificial intelligence (AI) smart coach training software that assists users with improving communication skills- was the winner of the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business' inaugural Duquesne New Venture Challenge (DNVC).
2nd Place ($7,000): Biomotivate - wearable artificial intelligence (AI) wristbands that can help counselors track patient psychological behavior patterns to encourage those being treated for substance abuse to remain in treatment.
3rd Place ($4,000): LeanMed - innovative medical equipment designed to improve access to healthcare in low-resource regions.
4th Place ($2,000): Nollapelli - bedsheets designed to regulate moisture, temperature and friction to promotee wellness during sleep.
5th Place ($2,000): Sparkwear - a wristwatch device used during networking events to help event attendees find other guests with similar interests.