Previous DNVC Winners

Duquesne New Venture Challenge Video Finalists 2019-2020

During Stage I, cash prizes were awarded for Best Video Pitch, based solely on the quality of the pitch itself.

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DNVC Winners

The DNVC, an entrepreneurship challenge open to the Pittsburgh community and beyond, awarded cash prizes totaling $25,000 to the top five finalists, with a $10,000 cash prize awarded to the winner-JJ Xu, creator of TalkMeUp. Each of the five finalist teams included a Duquesne student or alumnus.

1st Place ($10,000): The creator of TalkMeUp-an artificial intelligence (AI) smart coach training software that assists users with improving communication skills- was the winner of the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business' inaugural Duquesne New Venture Challenge (DNVC).

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2nd Place ($7,000):  Biomotivate - wearable artificial intelligence (AI) wristbands that can help counselors track patient psychological behavior patterns to encourage those being treated for substance abuse to remain in treatment.

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3rd Place ($4,000): LeanMed - innovative medical equipment designed to improve access to healthcare in low-resource regions.

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4th Place ($2,000):  Nollapelli - bedsheets designed to regulate moisture, temperature and friction to promotee wellness during sleep.

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5th Place ($2,000): Sparkwear - a wristwatch device used during networking events to help event attendees find other guests with similar interests.

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