About the Competition
The student teams spent several months attending a series of networking and mentoring events and workshops to assist them in turning their innovative and creative ideas into viable business models. The judges evaluated the teams based on their ability to execute their business model and turn it into a viable, profitable business.
Bryan Jakovcic ’09
President and Owner, Fusion Health (Sponsor)
Rich McMahon ’87
CEO, cda Ventures and former CEO and President of Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Seton Hall University Regent
Pravina Raghavan, M.B.A. ’01
Executive Vice President, Division of Small Business and Community Economic Development, Empire State Development
Gabino Roche Jr, ’98
CEO and Founder, Saphyre
Thank You to Our Sponsor
The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies thanks attorneys Christopher Santomassimo and Anthony Davis and their staff for providing legal assistance to our Pirates Pitch Finalists teams.
Agape is an athletic apparel ecommerce site that will allow shoppers to purchase high quality apparel for cost. This innovative retail model will enable its overseas factories to earn a fair profit. Agape will also reduce its risk because it will not have to carry inventory. Agape will make money is by charging members an annual membership fee in order to buy high quality apparel for the lowest prices.
Team: Noah Thompson, a senior majoring in finance and with minors in information technology and supply chain management. Noah is also a pitcher for the Seton Hall University baseball team.
This is a mobile skate board repair shop that would be similar to a food truck. Our skate repair trucks will frequent skating locales and provide skaters with quick repairs to wheels and boards so that their skateboarding experience won’t be cut short. Otherwise, skaters need to find shops for repairs and won’t be able to skate for days while repairs are being made.
Team: Anthony Conrad, a senior majoring in management, Jevon Mitchell, a senior majoring in finance, Marcellus Counts, a senior majoring in social and behavioral sciences, and Quintar Mathis, a junior majoring in liberal studies and minoring in communications.
Edith is a digital workforce management software that enables midsized companies to increase productivity and employee satisfaction and prevent employee burnout. Edith tracks employees’ habits and workflow through self-identification of attitudes and progress on assignments. Edith then gives prescriptive changes to employees in order to improve their work experience, which will help boost employee morale, efficiency and retention rates
Team: Luke Tyler, a Sophomore majoring in finance with a minor in computer science, and Mariam Bsharat, a Junior majoring in finance, marketing and entrepreneurship.
KINetics, is an app that would help members of a health and fitness club with similar interests to meet each other to work out together, as well as get together socially afterwards so that they can improve their physical, mental and social health.
Team: Faith Akinlade and Belen Gamarra are both sophomores in the Buccino Leadership Institute. Faith is majoring in civil engineering and physics, and Belen is a majoring in psychology with a business minor.
In our tech focused world, we often forget to develop the leadership skills that help set professionals apart in the workforce. LeadAhead is the solution to teach undergraduates the” soft” leadership skills crucial to career success in the way they learn best: an app on their phones.
Team: Rachel Badway and Robin Schilke and are both sophomores in the Buccino Leadership Institute. Rachel is a finance major and Robin is majoring in Art and Design with a track in Graphic Arts.