Student start-up FocalCast lets users present PowerPoints from smartphones
MILWAUKEE – FocalCast, a mobile app that allows users to wirelessly present PowerPoints from their tablet or smartphone directly to a display device, has been named a finalist in the Rice Business Plan Competition, which is billed as “the world’s richest and largest business plan competition.” FocalCast, developed as a Marquette College of Engineering senior design project led by mechanical engineering major Devin Turner, is one of 42 such university start-ups worldwide competing for more than $1.3 million in cash and prizes.
The FocalCast team will pitch its business to judges and venture capitalists at the Houston event, April 10-12, 2014.
FocalCast is a venture of Narsys LLC, a company founded by Turner (who serves as CEO) and fellow Marquette student and chief technology officer Charlie Beckwith. Nicholas Winninger, Narsys’ business analyst and Marquette MBA student, will join Turner and Beckwith at the competition. The Marquette senior design team also included computer engineering major Jack Batzner.
“This is an incredible opportunity and we are very excited to represent Marquette to the international business community,” Turner said.
According to the company’s website, “the application takes advantage of a new wireless technology, WiFi Direct, which since 2014 has been included in many products such as Epson projectors and Samsung SmartTVs. By wirelessly connecting directly to a projector or external display, users are able to cut the cables and remove the need for laptops and other networking equipment.”