Announces The Winning Team of the Second Annual SWPA Youth Pitch Competition

Pittsburgh, PA – April 27, 2023 – 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.

“We were excited to see the passion and creativity of the young entrepreneurs who participated in the competition,” said Lamar Blackwell, Founding Director of BUILD Pittsburgh. “We want to thank all our partners, schools and judges for their unwavering support of this challenge. Competition was fierce, however Notable Apparel’s business idea really stood out. The way in which the team was able to craft a business proposal that was innovative and empathetic was truly inspirational for everyone who attended. Not only did they create an idea that was forward-thinking, they ran a thorough market analysis that compared their products to others in the same field.”
The Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition is a platform for young entrepreneurs from schools and community-based organizations to compete in BUILD’s Design Challenge to create a product, service, or campaign to support a thriving community. Highlighting BUILD’s mission to arm youth with real world skills, the competition aims to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills in high school students, paving the way for a more prosperous future. Twenty-nine local teams entered the competition in March, after which the top ten semi-finalists competed virtually to be 1 of the top 4 finalist teams.
As the winner of the competition, Notable Apparel received a cash prize of $1,500, in 2nd place was Imagination and Beyond winning $1,000, the 3rd place winner was Positive Teens and 4th place was Primmal Commissions winning $750 each. Educator sponsors of each team were eligible for cash stipends as well as $500 in DonorsChoose gift cards.
Additional awards were presented by event sponsors, BNY Mellon and Comcast. The BNY Mellon Leadership Award was presented to Debra Titus, Entrepreneurial Education Coach and BUILD curriculum teacher at Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship as an educator who exemplifies the courage to lead, a passion for excellence, and commitment to student success. The Comcast Young Entrepreneurs in Technology Award was presented to the team, Positive Teens, to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that uplifts and has taken action to improve their community through the use of technology.

For more information about the Southwestern PA Youth Pitch Competition and its winners, please visit


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


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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
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- 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
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