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Do you dream of starting a business? Perhaps you already have! Seton Hall University offers high school students a contest to teach the basics of entrepreneurship and idea generation. It's a fun way to put your entrepreneurial know-how to the test and win cash prizes and scholarships.

Step 1: Submit your Idea
Submit an original business idea that, in 350 words or less, describes an innovative product or service that you would like create. Or, you can tell us about a business you've already launched! Be sure to answer the following questions:

  1. What problem does your product or service solve?
  2. How do you propose making money?
  3. Who are your customers and why will they buy your product or service?
  4. Who is your competition and how are you going to be better than the competition?
Deadline: Tuesday October 18, 2016 at midnight. Eligibility: All high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Step 2: Pitch Your Idea
Ten finalists will be selected by late October and invited to present their business ideas to a panel of judges at Seton Hall University. Finalists who cannot come to campus can participate via Skype. Judges are successful alumni entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and business faculty.

All submitters are welcome to attend the Pirates Pitch competition on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. in Jubilee Hall, with a reception to follow. Make a weekend out of it and join us for Open House on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 9:00 am.

Step 3: Win Prizes and Recognition!

  • 1st Place Winner: $2,500 cash prize. Plus $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($2,500 annually)
  • 2nd Place Winner: $1,000 cash prize. Plus $6,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,500 annually)
  • All other Finalists will receive a $4,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,000 annually)
Finalists who present in person and their families will also be invited to a congratulatory reception on campus immediately following the event where they will meet with corporate executives and successful entrepreneurs, providing an exclusive opportunity for networking and advice.

Have Questions?
For more information and details, call Susan Scherreik, Founding Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, at 973-275-2251, or email at scherrsu@shu.edu

FAQs

What Is the Stillman School of Business Pirates Pitch Competition for High School students?
The competition teaches high school students entrepreneurship basics and idea generation and recognizes and rewards students with outstanding entrepreneurial know-how.

Who is eligible?
Current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

How do students apply?
Complete and submit the application to the right.

How are winners selected?
An independent panel of judges reviews all entries. The top 10 finalists will be invited to Seton Hall University to present their business idea (or discuss a business they now operate) in five minute presentations to a panel of judges. The judges will score all finalists based on their written submission and oral presentations to determine a 1st and 2nd place winner.

When do students and high schools receive their awards?
Winners and awards will be conferred immediately following the presentations. Finalists will be recognized at a congratulatory reception on campus immediately following the event where they will meet with Corporate Executives and successful Entrepreneurs, providing an exclusive opportunity for networking and advice. If a 1st or 2nd place winning high schools is not present, a check for the cash prize will be mailed to them. Scholarships to Seton Hall University will be provided to students upon admission to the University.

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 Finalists

  • Petar Aziz (Lodi, NJ) - Immigrant Help Provider
  • Jenny Cho (Edgewater, NJ) - iShare
  • Ryan Davis (Williamstown, NJ) - Communication Glove
  • Nathan Giordani (West Chester, PA) - Pocket Fridge
  • Samantha Green (Park Ridge, NJ) - Quick Cage
  • Jack Jameson (New York, NY) - NY Sports Hub
  • Ethan Leveque (Edgewater, NJ) - The Wakeanator
  • Madison Scott (Bloomsbury, NJ) - Madison's Designs
  • Caitlin Shannon (Tampa, FL) - Sparkle Power
  • Rebecca Zerbo (Boca Raton, FL) - Positive Pocket, Inc.


Judges

  • Dr. Pamela Adams, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University
  • Bill Bartzak, Founder, Md-OnLine and Kai Equity, LLC.
  • Earlene Cruz '14, Founder, The Kitchen Connection
  • Vijar Kholi '11, Founder, Golden Door Asset Management
  • Richard McMahon '87, Former Chairman/Vice-Chairman, Bed Bath & Beyond; Founder, cda Ventures LLC; Seton Hall University Board of Regents
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