Pirates Pitch 2020

Seton Hall's Entrepreneurship Competition


Welcome to Pirates Pitch 2020!

Due to Seton Hall University’s modified operating procedures as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States, we will be hosting the Pirates Pitch 2020 Finals Competition virtually. Finalists teams will receive email instructions on submitting a recorded pitch for our judges to review before the event and scheduling a phone call for the Q&A portion of the event. The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is grateful for your flexibility.

Pirates Pitch 2020 is the tenth annual Seton Hall University Business Startup Competition and is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The competition is open to ALL students at SHU. The contest kicks off  in January 2020 and finishes with the finals round on April 1 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. At the contest, teams of student entrepreneurs will make their startup pitches to a panel of judges to compete for seed money.

In honor of our tenth anniversary, we’re making the competition even more engaging and exciting. The seed money offered by the contest has increased to over $20,000. New this year, the Center will host a series of startup workshops in January, February, and March, and a summer accelerator program in May and June.

We are here to help! The Center can provide you with feedback on your business ideas, or help you to launch your 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. 


Congrats to the Finalists Teams!

AGAPE Noah Thompson

DONTSTOP. SKATE! Anthony Conrad, Jevon Mitchell, Marcellus Counts & Quintar Mathis

Edith Mariam Bsharat & Luke Tyler

KINetics Faith Akinlade & Belen Gamarra

LeadAhead Rachel Badway & Robin Schilke


Big Thanks to Our Law Firm Sponsorship

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies thanks attorneys Christopher Santomassimo and Anthony Davis and their staff for providing legal assistance to our Pirates Pitch Finalists.

Stay tuned for a video workshop from Santomassimo Davis on legal advice for startups soon!


Important Dates and Events in 2020

  • Monday, March 23: Finalists Business Plans Due
  • Wednesday, April 1 from 6-8 pm: Pirates Pitch Finals