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Pirates Pitch StartUp

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

You are invited! Pirates Pitch 2021, the 11th annual university-wide startup competition, will be held virtually on Wednesday April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The competition is part of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s education program. At the event, four Finalists student entrepreneurs will pitch to a panel of judges for $16,000 in seed funding. We invite students, faculty, alumni, parents and members of the community to join us at this incredible night of new ideas. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to select their favorite business venture and vote for the $500 Audience Choice Award.
To watch the livestream Microsoft Teams Live event click HERE.

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 will evaluate the teams based on their ability to execute their business model and turn it into a viable, profitable business.

Program Remarks

Katia PasseriniWelcome Remarks

Dr. Katia Passerini
Seton Hall University Provost 

Joyce StrawserIntroductory Remarks

Dr. Joyce Strawser
Dean, Stillman School of Business 

George BalekjiEmcee

George Balekji '16
Sports Anchor and Reporter, NBC, Madison, Wisconsin

Susan ScherreikClosing Remarks

Susan Scherreik
Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 


Bryan Jakovic

Bryan Jakovcic ’09
President and Owner, Fusion Health (Sponsor)

Headshot of Abe Kasbo

Abe Kasbo, '94 MPA '99
CEO, Versasoni Worldwide

Pravina Headshot

Pravina Raghavan, M.B.A. ’01
Executive Vice President, Division of Small Business and Community Economic Development, Empire State Development

Gabino Roche Headshot

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.

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Meet the Student Entrepreneurs

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Action Hearth

The Business Idea:
Action Hearth is a virtual reality arcade. It exists to provide virtual reality entertainment to inspire confidence and promote optimism in people's everyday lives.

Headshot of David FarrellyThe Entrepreneur: 
David Farrelly is a senior focused on earning a degree in business administration and business law. He has operated his own disc jockey business for six years. David is a big fan of virtual reality gaming, and has been working on immersive production mediums employing virtual reality and podcasting.   

Logo for Annabella BusinessAnnabellacures

The Business Idea: 
Annabellacures is a custom press-on nail business that offers trending nail designs, character nails, and even portrait nails. The business was launched in September of 2020 offering luxury hand painted designs without the high price. 

Headshot of Annabella RobbThe Entrepreneur:
Annabella Robb is a junior from Maywood, NJ. She is majoring in graphic design and minoring in art history.  


Picture of Extra Time App LogoExtra Time Training App

The Business Idea:
The Extra Time Training App allows soccer players to train smarter, harder, and more efficiently on a cutting-edge platform that tracks their tactical and fundamental performances. Players are able to unlock their true potential and hone their athletic abilities. 

Headshot of Nicholas MarinelliThe Entrepreneur:
Nicholas Marinelli is a senior from Staten Island, NY. He is pursuing a dual degree in finance and information techology, along with certificates in market research, data analytics, entrepreneurship, and leadership. 

Picture of Kevin Alexander Co. LogoKevin Alexander Company

The Business Idea:
Kevin Alexander Company will design and sell male cosmetic tools that help men with skin imperfections, blemishes, and unwanted tattoos feel more confident. 

Headshot of Christian PatlanThe Entrepreneur:
Christian Patlan is from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico and has lived in Califronia and Utah since immigrating to the United States. Christian will receive a master of arts in diplomacy and international relations as well as a master of business administration with specializations in Latin America and the Caribbean and Management when he graduates in May 2021.