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Pirates Pitch StartUp

Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

You are invited! Pirates Pitch 2022, the 12th annual university-wide startup competition, will be held virtually on Tuesday, April 5 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The competition is part of the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s education program. At the event, six Finalist 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 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 

Pirates Pitch emcee, John FantaEmcee

John Fanta '17
College Sports Play-by-Play Broadcaster, FOX Sports

Susan ScherreikClosing Remarks

Susan Scherreik
Director, Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship 


Bryan Jakovic

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

Lara Kanjo

Lara Kanjo '05, MS Accounting '06
Ernst & Young NJ Entrepreneur of the Year Program Co-Director, and Assurance Partner

Headshot of Abe Kasbo

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

Ben LoweBen Lowe
Adjunct Professor, Entrepreneurship
Managing Director, Lebeta Technology, LLC

Pravina Headshot

Pravina Raghavan, M.B.A. '01
Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) in the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


Thank You to Our Sponsor

The Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship 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

EBSports Management

EB Sports Management

The Business Idea:
EB Sports Management is a new sports agency that represents professional and collegiate athletes. On behalf of its clients, EB Sport Management obtains and negotiates playing as well as endorsement and sponsorship contracts. 

Elias BurgosThe Entrepreneur: 
Elias Burgos is a sophomore studying Sport Management in the Stillman School. As a high school student, Elias dedicated his time to building and maintaining his network in the sports industry. He is passionate about sports and enjoys helping his clients with their contracts.   

Entice Engine LogoEntice Engine

The Business Idea: 
Entice Engine is an idea for a business software application for store-based retailers that would boost sales by determining the optimal products to promote to individual customers. Entice Engine will help merchants make data-driven upsells to their customers, and in return, give their customers personalized recommendations for products at their store.  

Lauren HuffThe Entrepreneur:
Lauren Huff is pursuing a M.S. in Business Analytics degree at the Stillman School and previously earned a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance and International Business) at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Originally from Brandon, Florida, Lauren is passionate about data and understands how powerful it can be as a tool in the business field. Additionally, Lauren is a member of the women’s varsity soccer team. 

Jiffy LogoJiffy Technologies

The Business Idea:
Jiffy Technologies is an idea for a local shipping service, providing customers with speed and ease of transporting general household items. Items can be delivered within 150-200 miles in just a few hours. Similar to Uber and Door Dash, independently contracted delivery drivers will be commissioned to transport items to designated locations. Customers make an appointment, a driver is assigned for pick-up, and the driver then delivers it to the desired location. 

Alvin MitchellThe Entrepreneur:
Alvin Mitchell is a senior Economics major. His unique vision and ever-growing business expertise helped to push him to pursue Jiffy and to reach its potential as a quicker and less expensive alternative to existing shipping services for local deliveries. 

Back 2 Roots LogoBack 2 Roots

The Business Idea:
Back 2 Roots LLC is a new black-owned business aiming to contribute to the longevity of Black lives by encouraging natural hair health and financially supporting organizations that prioritize the Black community. Back 2 Roots provides the natural hair community with an assortment of natural hair products that promote overall hair health and length retention. 

Jae MorrisThe Entrepreneur:
Jae S Morris is a senior double majoring in Biology and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Originally from Phillipsburg, N.J., Jae strives to educate her consumers on hair care and plans on giving back to marginalized communities as her business grows. Additionally Jae is a Blue Crew member of Seton Hall Admissions, serves as secretary for the Minority Association of STEM Collegians, and is a student facilitator and member of Inclusion Alliance.

Showbai GlobalShōbai Global

The Business Idea:
Shōbai Global ("Show & Buy") is an internet marketplace for the fashion industry. Shōbai Global aims to build a fully on-chain product with five main features that are only possible on a blockchain - digital closet economy with clothing NFTs, user governance through a DAO, payment processing/conflict resolution via smart contracts, digital authentication with RFID and NFT tech, and a marketplace to buy/sell clothing. Additionally, Shōbai Global aims to bridge the physical and digital world by linking physical clothing item RFID tags to NFTs. 

Henrik PetterssonThe Entrepreneur:
Henrik Pettersson is a sophomore studying Biology and Philosophy and is enrolled in the Joint Bachelor's/MD program with Hackensack Meridian Medical School. Originally from California, Henrik is fluent in Japanese and Swedish, and has completed a summer internship at Harasanshin Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan. Additionally, he is a staff writer for the Diplomatic Envoy student newspaper published by the School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

Air Garden LogoAir Garden Inc.

The Business Idea:
Air Garden Inc. employs Vertical High Pressure Aeroponics to grow healthy food that is more sustainable than organic and more affordable than conventional agriculture. Air Garden sells its produce at farmers markets and to local restaurants. 

Jonathan SoykaThe Entrepreneur:
Jonathan Soyka graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Economics from the Stillman School in 2020 and then served in the U.S. Army as an engineer. He is currently pursuing an M.B.A. at the Stillman School.

Jonathan says that his goal is to help transition the world to sustainable supply chains for healthy food, renewable energy and sustainable materials. The first phase of this mission has been launching Air Garden Inc.