From 3D Printed Houses to an Artificial Intelligence App to Monitor Road Surfaces, Innovative Ideas Will Be on Display at Duquesne’s PitchFest 2017

Aspiring entrepreneurs will be given a chance to pitch their business ideas and receive feedback from seasoned investors during a competition being held on Duquesne University's campus.

The Duquesne University Entrepreneurship Program and Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum are hosting PitchFest 2017 in Bayer Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

During PitchFest 2017, technologists, entrepreneurs and teams will be given the opportunity to get exposure for their business and receive coaching while making connections to prospective management, advisors, investors and employees.

Some of the concepts being presented include:

  • A company that monitors and manages roadways to ensure safe and cost-efficient road surfaces and signage using an artificial intelligence application run on a windshield-mounted smart phone
  • A company that plans to use 3D printing to print complete unique and affordable houses out of concrete material and then finish them with insulation, utilities and a beautiful design in under a week
  • A student team that matches students "hyper-locally" to tutors within their university, with specific topic expertise, and within as little as an hour
  • A student team that is helping university students find safe and affordable off-campus housing specific to each university students' needs, quickly and easily.

"It's exciting to see the ideas the teams pitch and hear the advice they are given," said Jack Mason, executive in residence and director of the entrepreneurship program in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University.

The competition will feature a speed round of 90-second elevator pitches without slides, and a final round of five-minute pitches with Power Point slides. The audience will vote to determine which of the speed round pitches advances to the final round.

A panel of serial entrepreneurs and investors will provide general feedback to all pitchers and select a winner during the final round. The winning teams will receive a basket of marketing, legal, technology and management services, in addition to cash prizes.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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