SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - PiratesPitchHSgroupphoto2018.jpgHigh school entrepreneurs are invited to compete in the fifth annual Pirates Pitch competition sponsored by the Stillman School of Business and its Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Seton Hall University. Students across the nation are encouraged to showcase their entrepreneurial talents and business ideas for a chance to compete for over $50,000 in cash awards and scholarships to attend Seton Hall. The top prize is a $2,500 cash award and a $10,000 scholarship.

The competition is designed to provide high school students the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship basics and idea generation. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to participate.

To enter, students should submit an original business idea that describes an innovative product or service that they would like to create. Submit entries at by October 29, 2019.

An independent panel of judges will review all entries. The top 10 finalists will be invited to the University at 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, New Jersey, on November 22, 2019, to present their business idea or discuss a business they now operate in five-minute presentations to a panel of judges.

For more information, contact Susan Scherreik, Founding Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, at (973) 275-2251 or



One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be the third most diverse national Catholic university in the nation.

During the past five years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses the University’s College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

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