A "Shark Tank" Competition for 10 high school entrepreneur finalists, sponsored by the Stillman School of Business and its Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Seton Hall University, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 16, in Jubilee Auditorium at 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange NJ.
These high school "sharks" will present five-minute pitches, followed by five minutes of questions to an independent judging panel comprised of alumni and entrepreneurs. Nearly 250 applicants from 21 states as well as Canada, Nigeria, Iran and Bangladesh put forth their ideas.
The 10 student finalists submitted outstanding business ideas, or already have businesses, either for profit or in the social entrepreneurship area. All finalists will receive scholarships to attend Seton Hall. The first-place winner receives a $2,500 cash prize plus a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($2,500 annually); the second-place winner receives a $1,000 cash prize plus a $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).
"We are deeply impressed by the caliber of creativity and passion of this group of savvy teenagers who all dream big and represent our next generation of entrepreneurial leaders," said Susan Scherreik, founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurial States.
The High School Pirates Pitch is based on the Center's highly successful College Pirates Pitch Competition. The initiative is geared to teaching high school students entrepreneurship basics and idea generation as well as recognizing and rewarding students with outstanding entrepreneurial know-how. Bringing them to Seton Hall's campus also exposes them to one of the nation's top business leadership programs.
Finalists who present in person and their families are invited to attend a congratulatory reception on campus following the competition, where they will meet with corporate executives and successful entrepreneurs, having an opportunity to network and receive valuable advice for their start-ups.
Competition Judges include:
- Jill Merriman '83, Business Coach
- Sandhya Murti, Founding Member and co-CEO, Blue Branch Capital Inc. and Managing Partner, Brookway Capital
- Michael Lucciola '83, CEO, Firefly Group and SHU Regent
- Bryan Jakovcic '09, Founder and President, Fusion, and NJBIZ 40 under 40 outstanding young professionals
- Victor Ricci '18, founder of Trend Pie and recipient of the 2018 Emerging Entrepreneur Award
The University community is encouraged to cheer on the finalists at the competition and discover our newest innovative entrepreneurial ideas as a robotic snow blower, reinventing the pet grooming experience or harnessing the sun with a solar-powered electric scooter. Visit here to learn more about High School Pirates Pitch and here to learn more about the Collegiate Pirates Pitch Competition.