Pirates Pitch 2019

Seton Hall University pitch competition with $16,000 in prizes!


Welcome to Pirates Pitch 2019!

Pirates Pitch 2019 is the 9th annual Seton Hall University Business Startup Competition, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The competition, which awards $16,000 in prizes, is open to ALL students at SHU. The contest kicks off in January, 2019 and finishes with the Finals round on Wednesday April 3 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Bethany Hall. All students, faculty, parents, alumni, and the public are invited to watch SHU’s version of Shark Tank and vote for their favorite team.

Four Finalist student teams (comprised of one to six students) will pitch their business ideas or ask for funding for their operating startup to a panel of judges as they compete for $16,000 in front of a live audience.

In a new format, Pirates Pitch ‘s judges will each award $4,000 to the teams to help them develop their businesses. The judges will award varying amounts to each team depending on how well they impresses an individual judge.

We are here to help! The Center can provide you with feedback on any business ideas, or help you to launch a start-up. For an appointment, contact Center Director Susan Scherreik at scherrsu@shu.edu

Get started immediately! Click on the overview page and rules and guidelines page for more information. Deadline for initial application Feb. 15 at midnight. Email your application to Director Susan Scherreik at scherrsu@shu.edu 

Important Dates and Events

Wednesday January 23: Pizza and Pitch Party Business Faculty Library Jubilee Hall 6th floor 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the Pirates Pith 2019 Kickoff Event! Students – either individually or in teams – are invited to present an innovative business idea in a one-minute startup pitch.
Think Shark Tank in 60 seconds!

Tuesday January 29: Pirates Pitch Info Session; Room 528 Entrepreneurship Center Jubilee Hall 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Find out more about Pirate Pitch; mentors will be available to provide feedback on your startup ideas.

Friday Feb. 1: Maker Space 154 Workshop: Logo Design 1-3 p.m. Lower level Walsh Library
Every new venture needs an awesome name and logo! TLTC will sponsor a logo design workshop to help you create a powerful logo for your startup.

Wednesday Feb. 6: Pirates Pitch Info Session; Room 528 Jubilee Hall 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Find out more about Pirates Pitch; mentors available to provide feedback on your startup ideas.

Friday Feb. 8: Computer Learning Studio Workshop: How to Create a Winning Pitch Presentation & Kickstarter Campaign Video 1-3 p.m. Lower level Walsh Library
Sponsored by TLTC

Friday Feb. 15: Maker Space 154 Workshop: Creating a Prototype for your Startup Business 1 p.m to 3 p.m. Lower level Walsh Library