Marquette team wins $53,000 at international business plan competition

Special to The Freeman

April 23, 2014

MILWAUKEE – A mobile app, FocalCast, developed by two Marquette University engineering students has won $53,000 at the Rice Business Plan Competition, according to a statement released by the school.

FocalCast is a mobile app that allows users to wirelessly present PowerPoints from their tablet or smartphone directly to a display device.

FocalCast is a venture of Narsys LLC, a company founded by senior mechanical engineering major Devin Turner. Turner, fellow engineering student Charlie Beckwith, and Nicholas Winninger, a Marquette MBA student, make up the team.

“It was a great honor to represent Marquette and compete globally at an elite level against teams from Harvard and MIT at the Rice Business Plan Competition,” Turner said. “It is incredible just to be selected as a finalist, and competing successfully with two awards totaling $53,000 is a great achievement for our team.”

The team will now work to develop FocalCast so that is can run on Apple’s iOS, in addition to testing the app with local companies such as Brady Corp. and American Family Insurance, according to the statement. They will release the app for Android next month for free at the Google Play Store.