Pirates Pitch Finals: Five Student Teams To Compete for $10,000 in Prizes on April 11!
The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies will award $10,000 in prizes
at Pirates Pitch, the 4th annual Seton Hall University Venture Fund
Competition. The competition will be held on Friday April 11 from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. in Jubilee Hall Auditorium. The public is invited to
attend Seton Hall's own version of Shark Tank. May the best starup
business ideas win!
"Our five Finalist student teams were selected from an original
group of 30 applicants," said Susan Scherreik, Director of the Stillman
School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. "They have
worked diligently over the past several weeks to develop plans on how
they will respectively launch an innovative startup business," she
added. All the teams have done a terrific job and are very well
prepared. It’s going to be an exciting event, she continued.
At the Finalists competition, the student teams will "pitch" their
original business ideas to a prestigious panel of outside judges. The
judges are: Bill Bartzak, President, CEO and founder of MD On-Line;
Sal Cocco, Jr. , Financial Consultant, AXA Advisors, Shannon Morris,
President, Sigma Group, Pravina Raghavan, Administrator of the Office
of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration, and
Steve Waldis, Chairman and CEO, Synchronoss Technologies and a member
of the Seton Hall University Board of Regents.
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 models on factors that include creativity,
innovation, growth potential, and the venture’s ability to turn a
profit. 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. Audience members
will be asked to cast a vote via their cell phone for their favorite
finalist team. The most popular team will receive a $500 Audience
The five student finalist teams are:
- Mary Beliveau and David Kelly: Mazava Solar
- Dominique Fortes and Kevin Belanger: Quick Fix Mirror
- Qingyu (Vito) Lu: Video Game Console Café
- Selene Presseller: HorsesDr.com
- Michelle Tager and Ana Guliashvili: Lingual Books
The annual competition, which all SHU students can enter, kicked off
in January when students wishing to participate submitted a two-page
proposal for an original and innovative business startup idea. Next,
the 10 best proposals were selected by a group of independent judges to
enter the Semi-finalists round. In February, the 10 Semi-finalists
pitched their idea to another panel of judges, who selected the five
Finalist teams. Those teams have since prepared a 10 to 15 page written
business plan and submitted their plans to the Finalist round judges.
At the Finalist competition, the student teams will each make 10 minute
presentations, followed by 10 minutes of questions from the judges.
You can find more information at the Pirates Pitch website or contact Director Scherreik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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