BUILDFest Southwestern PA

A night celebrating a legacy of 
BUILDing entrepreneurial leaders 
& transforming communities.  

Wednesday May 15, 2024

5:00 - 7:30PM EST

Energy Innovation Center

1435 Bedford Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219

An inspiring event celebrating 25 years of BUILDing legacy and impact.

BUILD launched in the Bay Area in 1999. In 2021, we started programming here in Pittsburgh.

 

Now, for the third year in a row, dozens of teams from local high schools and community organizations will pitch their innovative business ideas in hopes of becoming the 2024 Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Champion!


This event includes an opening reception with a gallery walk featuring our Semi-Finalists, followed by the final round of competition in front of a panel of VIP judges and hundreds of BUILD community members for cash prizes and start-up funds. 


BUILDing Entrepreneurial Leaders. Transforming Communities.

Join us as we journey through a quarter century of impact, witness the brilliance of today’s student entrepreneurs, and together, shape a future where every student’s potential is unleashed and every community thrives. 

One Student at a Time.

BUILDFest Southwestern PA 2024 is a celebration of young entrepreneurs across Greater Pittsburgh. Support our efforts to continue programming by registering for BUILDFest for FREE or consider a generous donation of $50 to support our continued growth! 

MEET STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS

Hear about the innovative ideas that BUILD students are working on!

GET INSPIRED BY STUDENT PITCHES

Shark Tank for Teens! Which finalist team will take home the big check?

CONNECT WITH COMMUNITY

Cheer on top individuals in the community as we recognize leaders in education and philanthropy!

A Youth Pitch Competition

BUILDFest SWPA is the culminating event of the 2024 Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition, which invites youth business teams from schools and community-based organizations across Greater Pittsburgh to create an entrepreneurial idea to support a thriving community using the BUILD Design Challenge. 

BUILD Southwestern PA Partners

A huge thank you to our annual partners that continue to make impact throughout the year with our students.

Signature Sponsor

Lead sponsor recognition, Premium seating for 10, Invite to present winning cash prize, invite to be one of the four BUILDFest Judges

Fund-a-Finalist

Sponsor recognition, Premium seating for 10, Invite to intro top team, option for single day virtual engagement for up to 5 employees

Sales Expo Sponsor

Sponsor recognition at sales expo, premium seating for 8, Invite for leader to visit a classroom for a student engagement opportunity

Team Sponsor

=Sponsor recognition for one team, premium seating for 6

BUILD Southwestern PA Schools

A huge thank you to our school partners that continue to make impact throughout the year with our students.

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VIDEO PREPARATION GUIDELINES

HOW TO RECORD

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

PRESENTATION TIPS.

- 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

Download a Sample of Our Curriculum

Fill out this form to receive a free sample of our curriculum and to receive occasional email updates on how to bring BUILD to your community.