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Got a Great Business Idea? Enter Pirates Pitch 2014!
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pirate pitchDo you and your friends dream about starting the next Twitter? Would you like to turn an innovative idea into a venture that will make Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg sit up and take notice? Perhaps you’ve already launched a business, but need advice and cash to get to the next level. If so, consider entering Pirates Pitch 2014, the 4th annual Seton Hall University Venture Fund Competition.

The competition will award $10,000 in prizes for the most innovative business ideas. Plus, the two top winners will have access to lawyers, accountants and other professionals to help them get a startup idea off the ground.

“This is an awesome opportunity for our students with entrepreneurial spirit to shine,” said Susan Scherreik, director of the Stillman School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Pirates Pitch is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Seton Hall University. To enter, students acting alone or in teams of up to five students submit an original business idea, outlined in a two page executive summary, or in a two-minute original video.

You can submit your idea between now and Sunday, February 9 at midnight.

Students who have already started a new business are also eligible to enter Pirates Pitch. In the case of an existing business, students must submit an original idea for how to expand their business.

You can find more information at the Pirates Pitch website.

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies will hold three informational sessions on the Pirates Pitch contest on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning January 21.

January 21
January 28
February 4

Information sessions will start at 8:30 p.m. and be held on the fifth floor of Jubilee Hall in the Entrepreneurship Center, Room 528. All interested students are urged to attend.

The contest will be comprised of three rounds. In the first round, students submit an original business idea, or a plan to expand their existing business. A panel of outside judges, comprised of successful entrepreneurs, will then narrow down the field of initial entries to ten semi-finalists. The judges will evaluate the business ideas on factors that include creativity, innovation and the new venture’s potential to turn a profit. In the second round, the 10 semi-finalist teams will each make a five minute pitch to the judges, who will then select the five finalists. In the third round of the contest, the final five teams will submit detailed business plans, and make 10 minutes presentations to a panel of judges on Pirates Pitch Day, scheduled for April 11.

The winning team will receive $6,000 in prize money, and the runner-up team will receive $3,500. Both top winners will also receive business services to help them launch their ventures.

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


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