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Pirates Pitch Competition for High School Students

You are Invited! Watch the Virtual Pirates Pitch Competition for High School Students on Friday November 20 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

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Do you dream of starting a business? Perhaps you already have! Seton Hall University offers high school students an annual contest to teach the basics of entrepreneurship and idea generation. It's a fun way for high school students to put their entrepreneurial know-how to the test and win cash prizes and Seton Hall University scholarships.

Congratulations to This Year's Finalists

Anthony Ambrose, Saint Augustine Preparatory School
Business Startup Idea: TCCR - The College Cafeteria Review

James Brickman, Don Bosco Prep
Business Startup Idea: Harvest Capital

Nyla Cheeseboro, East Orange STEM Academy High School
Business Startup Idea: Slay Baby Slay

Theodora Exilus, Mount Saint Dominic Academy
Business Startup Idea: Charcuterie Chix

Caelin Foley, Delcastle Tech High School
Business Startup Idea: First2College

William J. Milligan, Cherry Hill High School West
Business Startup Idea: Card Capital

Pratham Pilli, Montville Township High School
Business Startup Idea: Shard

Paul Scalzo, Saint John Vianney High School
Business Startup Idea: Best Defense Solutions

Emily Shaw, West Essex Senior High School
Business Startup Idea: UpCycle

Shreya Shivakumar, John P. Stevens High School
Business Startup Idea: Nourish America

Owen Thorpe, Horseheads High School
Business Startup Idea: Soccermetrics

Step 1: Submit your Idea

Submit an original business idea that, in 350 words or less, describes an innovative product or service that you would like create. Or, you can tell us about a business you've already launched! Be sure to answer the following questions:

  1. What problem does your product or service solve?
  2. How do you propose making money?
  3. Who are your customers and why will they buy your product or service?
  4. Who is your competition and how are you going to be better than the competition?

Deadline: October 27, 2020
Eligibility: All high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Step 2: Pitch Your Idea

Ten finalists will be selected in early November and invited to present their business ideas virtually to a panel of judges from Seton Hall University on Friday, November 20, 2020. Judges are successful alumni entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and business faculty.

Step 3: Win Prizes and Recognition!

  • 1st Place Winner: $2,500 cash prize. Plus $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($2,500 annually)
  • 2nd Place Winner: $1,000 cash prize. Plus $6,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,500 annually)
  • Audience Choice Award: $250
  • All other Finalists will receive a $4,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,000 annually)

Have Questions?
For more information and details, call Susan Scherreik, Founding Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, at scherrsu@shu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Is the Stillman School of Business Pirates Pitch Competition for High School students?
The competition teaches high school students entrepreneurship basics and idea generation and recognizes and rewards students with outstanding entrepreneurial know-how.

Who is eligible?
Current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

How do students apply?
Complete and submit the application to the right.

How are winners selected?
An independent panel of judges reviews all entries. The finalists will be invited to present their business idea (or discuss a business they now operate) in five minute presentations to a panel of judges. The judges will score all finalists based on their written submission and oral presentations to determine a 1st and 2nd place winner.

When do students and high schools receive their awards?
Winners and awards will be conferred immediately following the presentations. A check for the cash prizes will be mailed to the first- and second-place winners. Scholarships to Seton Hall University will be provided to students upon admission to the University.

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