Welcome to Pirates Pitch 2016!

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 2016 is the 6th annual Seton Hall University Venture Fund Competition, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Stillman School of Business.

In Pirates Pitch, student teams will compete for more than $10,000 in prizes and business services from January through April 2016.  The winning team will receive $6,000, plus legal, marketing and other business services, to launch or grow its business.  The runner-up team will receive $3,500, 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.

Pirates Pitch 2016 will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016. More scheduling details to follow!


Congratulations to the Winners of Pirates Pitch 2015

1st Place: Ryan Skolnick for his business idea AvehoLearning, a video game format for students in K-12 to learn Chinese and other foreign languages.

2nd Place: The team of Mike Gavela, Brian Wreckler and Johnil Quezada for their business idea Cthroo, a discovery engine based on the ethical collection of personal data.

Audience Choice Award: The team of Aziz Syed and Brent Ciccarino for their business idea Service Station, a mobile and website application to help consumers find reliable contractors for home remodeling projects.

Pirates Pitch-2015

Pirates Pitch Resource Guide Available!!!

For more information, click on Overview.

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!