Pittsburgh, PA – April 27, 2023 – BUILD.org declared the winning high school team, Notable Apparel from Northgate Senior High School, as the first place winner of the 2023 Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition. The final round of competition, which is designed to empower young entrepreneurs with real-life experiences and skills in the greater Pittsburgh Area, saw 13 talented 8-12th grade students pitch their innovative business ideas to a panel of four VIP judges at BUILDFest SWPA on April 20th. The judges were: Alka Patel, Vice President of Government & External Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal; Bobby Zappala, Program Officer at the Richard King Mellon Foundation; Dean Richards, Philanthropy Fellow at BNY Mellon Foundation; and Bill Taylor, CEO at BUILD.
The four Finalist teams who participated in the competition were: Imagination and Beyond from McKeesport Area Senior High School, Notable Apparel from Northgate Senior High School, Primmal Commissions from Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship, and Positive Teens from Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy. All teams pitched their businesses live on April 20th, after which the VIP judges announced that Notable Apparel captured the title of 2023 SWPA Youth Pitch Competition Champion. Notable Apparel aims to provide a special clothing line for young people with limb deficiencies that is fashion forward, affordable, and comfortable.
For more information about the Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition and its winners, please visit https://build.org/swpayouthpitch/.
Founded in 1999, BUILD is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial Mindsets, and Opportunity. BUILD utilizes entrepreneurship education to elevate youth and propel them to academic and career success, while empowering them to become the CEOs of their own lives. BUILD offers programming in 53 cities across the country, has trained nearly 400 educators, and over 15,000 youth have participated in BUILD’s digital challenges and in-school entrepreneurship programming. For more information, visit www.build.org.