Pirates Pitch Competition

The Pirates Pitch Competition offers high school students an annual contest to teach the basics of entrepreneurship and idea generation.

Competition Details

Introduction: The Pirate Pitch Competition allows high school students to learn the basics of entrepreneurship and idea generation. It’s a fun way for high school students to put their entrepreneurial know-how to the test and win cash prizes and Seton Hall University scholarships.

Competition Format: Students will submit a 350-word business idea that describes an innovative product or service. With the idea, ten finalists will be selected and invited to present their ideas. Answer the following questions:

  • What problem does your product or service solve
  • How do you propose making money?
  • Who are your customers and why will they buy your product or service?
  • Who is your competition and how will you be better than the competition?


Applications will be accepted until the submission deadline of Friday Oct. 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Ten finalists will be selected in early November and invited to the event to present their business ideas to a panel of judges from Seton Hall University on Friday, November 17. This event will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (eastern) in a virtual format on Microsoft Teams. 

Judges: An independent panel of judges reviews all entries. The finalists will be invited 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.


  • 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)
  • Audience Choice Award: $300. Audience members vote for their favorite student finalists. The winning finalist will be awarded the $300 Audience Choice Award.

Competition Website


All high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Submission deadline

Oct. 27, 2023

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  • Cardigan Mountain School
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • Concord Academy
  • Groton School
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