Pirates Pitch 2018

Seton Hall University pitch competition with $15,000 in prizes!


Welcome to Pirates Pitch 2018!

The deadline to submit a 2-page Executive Summary outlining your business idea/ existing startup is Thursday Feb. 15 at Midnight.

For guidelines on what to include in your executive summary, click HEREIf you have questions as you create your executive summary, contact Professor Susan Scherreik at scherrsu@shu.edu
Good luck!

When you are ready to submit, click  here or the submit button:


Do you have an idea for a business? Or, have you already gone through the planning stages and are set  to launch a venture? Perhaps you already operate your own business while attending Seton Hall University. In all three cases, you are in the right place!

Pirates Pitch 2018 is the 8th annual Seton Hall University Venture Fund Competition, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Stillman School of Business. The competition, which awards $15,000 in prizes, is open to ALL matriculated students at SHU. The contest kicks off in January, 2018 and finishes with the Finals round on Friday April 6 in Jubilee Hall Auditorium.

In Pirates Pitch, student teams (comprised of one to five students) will compete for more than $15,000 in prizes and business services. The first-place winning team will receive  $7,000 plus legal, marketing and other business services, to launch or grow its business. The second-place team will receive $4,500 , plus business services. The third-place  winning team will receive $3,000, plus business services. There will also be an  “Audience Choice”prize of $500 for the most popular finalist business idea.

The contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate matriculated students who are enrolled full-time or part-time at Seton Hall University.


Important Events & Dates:

Initial Applications Due: Thursday Feb. 15 at midnight.

 The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the TLTC Maker Space 154 are holding information/mentoring sessions and workshops to help students prepare for Pirates Pitch. Not sure whether you want to enter the contest? We urge you to still come to these sessions, which will provide business startup basics. All students welcome!

 The Information/Mentoring Sessions: Learn more about Pirates Pitch and have the opportunity to meet with an experienced mentor to get feedback about your business idea or existing business at these one-hour sessions. All are held in the Entrepreneurship Center, Room 528, Jubilee Hall on the following dates:.

  • Tuesday Jan. 23 at 8 pm;
  • Thursday Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Monday Feb. 12 at 2 pm.

The TLTC Maker Space 154 Workshops: All three workshops will be held in TLTC’s MakerSpace 154 on the ground floor of Walsh Library on Fridays from 12 pm- 4 pm .

Friday, February 2: Logo Design 12 pm to 4 p.m. Walsh Library Ground Floor

  • This Logo Design workshop will focus on the basics of designing a memorable logo for a business.  Seton Hall Alum and graphic designer, Chris Petruzzi, will go over tips for designing a logo and the best tools to use for the process.

Friday, February 9: Crowdfunding Video Design 12 p.m to 4 p.m. Walsh Library Ground Floor

  • Crowdfunding Video Design will focus on developing your brand.  In this workshop Seton Hall Video Producer, Corey Howell, will go over tips and tricks for creating a top-notch campaign video.

Friday, February 16: Prototyping 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Walsh Library Ground Floor

  • Prototyping focuses on the Rapid Prototyping process. At the end of the session you will leave with a prototype to test your idea along with the opportunity to get feedback if needed.

Semi-Finals Round: Thursday March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Entrepreneurship Center, Room 528, Jubilee Hall.

Finals Round: Friday April 6 at 1 p.m. in Jubilee Hall Auditorium.

For More information on Pirates Pitch 2018, click HERE.

We are here to help! The Center can provide you with feedback on any business ideas you have for the contest. We also can provide ongoing mentoring if you would like to develop your idea between now and the contest. For an appointment, contact Center Director Susan Scherreik at scherrsu@shu.edu. Get started immediately!