Do 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
“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.
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.
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