2023 BUILDFest Southwestern PA

Thursday, April 20th 11am - 2:00 pm

Schedule of Events


Lamar Blackwell, BUILD Founding Director

Bill Taylor, BUILD CEO

Team Presentations & Judges Q&A

BNY Mellon Leadership Award

The BNY Mellon Leadership Award is presented to an educator who exemplifies the courage to lead, a passion for excellence, and commitment to student success. This award highlights BNY Mellon’s commitment to advancing its core values within the Greater Pittsburgh community's education system.

Comcast Young Entrepreneurs in Technology Award

Comcast knows that equitable access to skills and development opportunities is essential to building and supporting young entrepreneurs. Opening the doors for new voices and inspiring the next generation of innovators and creators is our mission. Our award celebrates that entrepreneurial spirit that uplifts and has taken action to improve their community.

Special Announcements from BUILD.org

Announcement of Winners



Imagination & Beyond

Wesley Saulsbury, Saniya Rivers, Emmet Chesleigh, Maliek Davis McKeesport Area Senior High School

Positive Teens

Alexis Whitson, Brealynn Grimm, Jordyn Jeffries, Raina Sirmons Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy

Primmal Commissions

Nicholas Stoltz Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship

Notable Apparel

Anniston Jackson, Skye Jackson, Juliana Shane, Jeanelle Stiteler Northgate Senior High School


Dean Richards, BNY Mellon Foundation

Alka Patel, Comcast

Bobby Zapala, Richard King Mellon Foundation

Bill Taylor, BUILD


Aaliyah Taylor, 2022 SWPA Pitch Competition Winner, S&A Fidget Writing Workshop

Tony Shavers III, BUILD Alumnus

Thank you for your support of entrepreneurship education!



1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right


- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

Follow positioning format Above

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