Eight student teams with innovative ideas for launching a new business have been
selected as Pirates Pitch finalists, Seton Hall University’s new Venture Fund
The teams will now compete for $5,000 in cash prizes on
Pirates Pitch Day, which will take place on Sunday, May 1 from 1 - 4 p.m. in
Jubilee Hall Auditorium.
“The selection process was very difficult because we had nearly two dozen
entries, and the business ideas were all very good,” said Susan Scherreik,
director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Stillman School of
Business, which is sponsoring the new university-wide competition.
The contest was open to all full-time students at Seton Hall and attracted
both undergraduate and graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines,
including business, biochemistry, diplomacy and education.
The student teams, comprised of one to five members, are as follows, and
listed in no particular order:
- Eric Casperson and Andrew Gilberti
- Dennis De Almeida, Vijar Kohli, Michael Ojo and Ricardo Rosario
Yazigi, Eva Morozko, Kristen Kingdon and William DeCotiis
- Allen Ratz and
- Lucianna Contuzzi
- Jessica Nguyen
- Harjaap Singh, Donald Belvin, Kaitlin Owens and Dennis
All teams submitted ideas for businesses outlined in two to three page
executive summaries, and each entry was evaluated by a panel of judges based on
factors that included creativity, quality of the written plan, and the business’
The judges in the first, preliminary round included:
- John Auriemma,
President, American Wear Inc.
- William Bartzak, President and CEO, MD
- Robert Carr, President and CEO, Heartland Payment Systems
- Salvatore Cocco, Financial Consultant, AXA Advisors
- Vito DiGiovanni,
- Victor Fabry, Business Counselor, Score, Northwestern
- Dr. Anthony Sadler, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in
the Stillman School of Business
- Stephen Waldis, President and CEO,
In the next round of the contest, finalists will submit more detailed
business plans on their ideas and then pitch their business plans in an oral
presentation on Pirates Pitch Day. A panel of judges will select the top two
winning teams based on innovativeness of the business idea, and the quality of
the written business plan and oral presentation. The first-place winner will
receive $3,500 and the second place winner will receive $1,500. Both top winners
will also receive business services to help launch their businesses.
In addition, the audience on Pirates Pitch Day will select the best business
idea from among the non-finalists for a $500 “Audience Choice” award.
Students, faculty and members of the public are invited to watch the
proceedings and cheer on their favorite teams.
Please visit the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies for more information on the
competition or for the Center's news and events.
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