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Pirates Pitch Finals: Student Teams To Compete for $5,000 in Prizes
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Pirate's Pitch CompetitionThe Center for Entrepreneurial Studies will award over $5,000 in prizes at Pirates Pitch, the 2nd annual Seton Hall University Venture Fund Competition. The competition will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 2-5 p.m. in Jubilee Hall Auditorium. “This is a terrific opportunity for our students with entrepreneurial spirit to shine,” said Susan Scherreik, Director of the Stillman School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. “Last year’s competition exceeded our expectations and we expect this year’s contest to be even better,” she added.
At the Finalists competition, five student teams will “pitch” their original business idea to a prestigious panel of outside judges. The judges are: John Coiro, Executive Director, Ernst & Young; Michael Lucciola, CEO, Firefly Group and Seton Hall University Regent; Marjorie Perry, CEO of MZM Construction and Management; Pravina Raghavan, New York District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration; and Dan Rudd, Co-founder and CFO, SureDeposit.

The judges will select the two top student teams based on both the students’ presentations and written business plans. The judges will evaluate the business ideas on factors that include creativity, innovation and the new venture’s potential to turn a profit. The winning team will receive $3,500 in prize money and the runner-up team will receive $1,500. Both top winners will also receive business services to help them launch their ventures. The public is invited to the Pirates Pitch Finalist Competition and audience members will be asked to cast a vote for their favorite finalist team. The most popular team will receive a $250 Audience Choice Award.

The five student finalists teams are: Margaret Reilly; Nikolai Marquis, Jhamar Youngblood and Delia Osmankovic; Carl Banks Jr.; Alex DePalma; and Megan E. Kelly, Adriana Gini and Ana Martinez.

You can find more information at the Pirates Pitch website »

You may also contact Director Scherreik at

For more information please contact:
Susan Scherreik
(973) 275-2251


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