After 120 business plan submissions were whittled down to just six finalists, the “Business Bout” business plan competition crowned its first ever champion. FindNotice, a cutting-edge software company that aims to make public notices more accessible, took home the $5,000 prize.
But as Brad Barbin, co-founder of FindNotice and two of the finalists, Michael Kreha, partner at Bar Marco and Abe Taleb, co-founder and manager partner of ReWork told Bill on a recent episode or “Our Region’s Business,” the competition became much more than simply a prize-winning opportunity. The networking, connections and mentorship offered through the process, in very real terms, allowed each participating company to truly come out on top. Check out the video below to find out more about these dynamic entrepreneurs - and what’s next for the “Business Bout.”
And just as RoboBowl, a series of national robotic competitions, wrapped up its first ever event at Carnegie Mellon University, Bill Thomasmeyer of the Robotics Technology Consortium sat down with Bill to provide an overview of the competition. Joining them, as well, was Steve DiAntonio , strategic business development director at the National Robotics Engineering Center and part-owner of Carnegie Robotics who provided an update on the impact robotics is having on the region.
With the tagline “Ready to work…Right out of the box,” Pittsburgh Technical Institute, in partnership with 3PC Media, is making clear that their students, upon graduation, are uniquely prepared for workplace success. To get this point across, actual “Grad in a Boxes” were created and sent them off to employers across the region. PTI President Greg DeFeo and Scott Hallam, vice president at 3PC Media discuss this creative awareness campaign and its effect on the hiring of recent PTI grads. Watch the video below to see these “Grad in a Boxes,” for yourself.
“Our Region’s Business” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on WPXI-TV. Hosted by the Allegheny Conference’s Bill Flanagan, the 30-minute program is co-produced with Cox Broadcasting. The program is rebroadcast on PCNC-TV at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, and at 3:30 p.m. Mondays. It also airs Sundays on WJAC-TV (Johnstown-Altoona) at 6 a.m. and WTOV-TV (Wheeling-Steubenville) at 6:30 a.m.