Pirates Pitch 2021

Seton Hall's Entrepreneurship Competition


Welcome to Pirates Pitch 2021!

Pirates Pitch 2021 is the 11th annual Seton Hall University Business Startup Competition and is sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The competition is open to ALL students at SHU. The contest kicks off  in February 2021  and finishes with the finals round on April 7 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 $16k in seed money. The virtual Pirates Pitch Finals contest on April 7 will be open to the public. All are invited.

You don’t need to register in advance to tune into 2021 Pirates Pitch. Simply return to this website at 6 p.m. on Wednesday April 7 and tune in to the event by clicking HERE.

We are here to help! The Center offers students individualized coaching and mentoring sessions, and feedback on your business ideas. We can also 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.

Congratulations to our finalists!

Our finalists in the Pirates Pitch Startup Competition, who will compete for $16,000 in seed funding on Wednesday, April 7. Our finalists are:

(1) Annabella Robb, Junior, Graphic Arts, (Business Startup: Nails by Annabella)

(2) Nicholas Marinelli, Senior, Finance, (Business Idea: Extra Time Training App)

(3) Christian Patlan, MBA/MADIR, (Business Idea: Kevin Alexander Male Cosmetics)

(4) David Farrelly, Senior, Arts & Sciences, (Business Idea: Action Hearth)


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.


Important Workshop Dates in 2021

  • Wednesday February 10: Virtual Workshop 7-8 p.m. How to Enter Pirates Pitch, plus tips on turning your startup idea Into a business model (Microsoft Teams)
  • Wednesday February 17: Virtual Workshop 7-8 p.m. Creating a Winning Contest Application 7-8 p.m. (Microsoft Teams).
  • Wednesday Feb. 24 Pitch Perfect: How to Create A Compelling Startup Pitch Virtual Workshop 7-8 p.m. (Microsoft Teams)
  • Friday February 26: Pirates Pitch Applications Deadline
  • Tuesday March 2: Preliminary Round Contestants Will Be Announced
  • Monday March 8: Preliminary Round of Pirates Pitch Contest from 7-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday March 10: Entrepreneur Lecture Event and 90 Second – Pitch Competition with RSVLTS Co-Founders Stephen Gebhardt and John Tramutolo: Prizes to Top Pitches! (Stay Tuned for More Details) 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Microsoft Teams)
  • Thursday, March 11: Finalists teams will be announced
  • Monday, March 30: Finalists Business Plans Due
  • Wednesday, April 7 from 6-8 pm: Pirates Pitch Finals – Watch on MS Teams here!