Pirates Pitch 2018

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


Welcome to Pirates Pitch 2018!

Congratulations to all the finalist and winners!

1st: Madison Schott (senior, Mathematical Finance/Marketing) won the $7,000 first-place award for Trenditure, an app that makes book recommendations based on current events and trending news.

2nd: Seniors Nasima Nagim (Accounting/Finance) and Walla Elshekh (Political Science) won both the $4,500 second-place award and the $500 Audience Choice Award for Tahira, a start-up that provides business attire for women who dress modestly.

3rd: Third-place honors and a prize of $3,000 went to senior Patrick Burd (Marketing/Management), who pitched Classic Soccer Cleats, an online vendor of classic-style soccer cleats.


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 kicked off in January, 2018 and finishes with the Finals round on Friday April 6 in Jubilee Hall Auditorium.

The Finalist 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.



Pirates Pitch Finalists Judges:

  • Tom Basilo Partner (retired) Withum Smith + Brown and Adjunct Entrepreneurship Professor, Stillman School of  Business
  • Ray Hoffman, Host, CEO Radio, WCBS 880 AM
  • Shannon Morris, President, Sigma Group
  • Pravina Raghavan, Executive Vice President, Small Business Services & Economic Development, Empire State Development
  • Tyrone Ross, Managing Partner, NobleBridge Weath & Asset Management Services

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!