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Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship holds third annual Pirates LaunchPad Summer Accelerator Program  

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SHU Student Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply to Pirates LaunchPad Summer Accelerator and Earn $2K

Do you have a business startup idea that you are serious about pursuing and turning into a real business? Have you already launched a startup and are seeking assistance to propel your venture to the next level? Have you competed in startup contests, and seek further guidance? Are you focused on a social or community problem and are working on an innovative startup business solution?

If you answered "Yes" to any of those questions, Pirates LaunchPad may be right for you. The Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship invites all Seton Hall University students to apply to participate in the third annual Pirates LaunchPad Summer Accelerator Program and earn up to $2,000 in investment seed funding for their venture.

Pirates LaunchPad employs lean startup methodology to help student entrepreneurs make progress on their startup business models during an eight-week summer program. Students will convene weekly on Friday mornings in June and July for virtual group meetings with entrepreneurship faculty and guest speakers. Participants will also receive additional individualized coaching sessions with successful alumni entrepreneurs.

There is no cost for students to attend, but space is limited.

Who is Eligible: Open to all Seton Hall students who are already working on a startup business model, or have launched a startup, and are willing to set business goals and work to meet them during the program. Students can apply as solopreneurs, or in teams of up to four students. Student entrepreneurs that successfully complete the program will be eligible for seed funding stipends of up to $2,000 for each venture.

When: Friday, June 3, 2022 to Friday July 29, 2022 (Except July 1.)

How To Apply: Six to eight student startup teams will be accepted in the initial pilot program cohort. The application process includes a video interview with the Director of the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and completing an application form.

Deadline to Express Interest: Students must contact Susan Scherreik, Founding Director, Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, no later than May 25, 2022 at

Student teams participating in the venture accelerator will receive:

  • A seed funding stipend of up to $2,000 upon successful completion of Pirates LauchPad.
  • Ongoing advising with venture mentors.
  • Access to skills building entrepreneurship workshops, prototyping tools, and other useful resources.
  • Access to the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s network of successful alumni entrepreneurs.

For More Information: Contact Director Susan Scherreik at

Categories: Business

For more information, please contact:

  • Susan Scherreik
  • (973) 275-2251