Ten talented student entrepreneur finalists will face off in High School Pirates Pitch, a Shark Tank style competition, sponsored by the Stillman School of Business and its Center for Entrepreneurial Studies on Friday, November 22, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Jubilee Auditorium. This tournament also celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week activities taking place around the world from November 18 through 24, 2019.
More than 200 applicants from 23 states as well as Canada, Pakistan, Egypt and China submitted their original ideas. The inventive and resourceful high school finalists put forth outstanding business concepts or already have businesses, either for profit or in the social entrepreneurship area. The competitors will present five-minute pitches followed by five minutes of questioning from an independent judging panel comprised of alumni and entrepreneurs.
The University community is encouraged to cheer on the finalists and discover our newest innovative entrepreneurial ideas, including a navigational app to help students on the first days of school quickly find classrooms; a digital spice rack that educates consumers about cooking with spices; soothing acupuncture socks to lower anxiety, a car child safety alert system, and a business on Instagram that provides gaming strategies.
Finalist prizes include Seton Hall University scholarships; the first-place winner also receives a $2,500 cash prize and the second-place winner receives a $1,000 cash prize.
"This is an extremely impressive group of young entrepreneurs who are creative, passionate and innovative. They are determined to make the world a better place through their entrepreneurial efforts. We admire their can-do spirit and ability to dream big. This is going to be a very exciting contest," said Susan Scherreik, founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
The High School Pirates Pitch is based on the Center's highly successful College Pirates Pitch Competition. The initiative is geared to teaching high school students entrepreneurship basics and idea generation as well as recognizing and rewarding students with outstanding entrepreneurial know-how. Bringing them to Seton Hall's campus also exposes them to one of the nation's top business leadership programs.
Finalists who present in person and their families are invited to attend a congratulatory reception on campus following the competition, where they will meet with corporate executives and successful entrepreneurs, having an opportunity to network and receive valuable advice for their start-ups.
Competition Judges include:
- Beatriz (Betty) Manetta, M.S.I.B. '98, Founder, President & CEO, Argent Associates and Asociar LLC.
- Gary Wolfe, '71, Founder, CEO and former Owner of Wolfe Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc.
- Stephanie Caravela, '90, Managing Director, Jumpstart NJ Angel Network
- Darrell Gunter, '81, President & CEO, Gunter Media Group, and University Adjunct Professor
- Sunny Bathla, '00/M.B.A.'15, Founder, OSB Consulting, and Vice-President, Virtusa Corporation
- Patrick Burd, '18, Founder, Classic Soccer Cleats