Eleven finalists competed within the sixth annual Excessive College Pirates Pitch.
Competing for $50,000 in prizes, 11 revolutionary pupil entrepreneurs pitched their start-up ideas or fledgling companies on the sixth annual High School Pirates Pitch, a Shark Tank-style competitors hosted by the Stillman School of Business‘ Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Shreya Shivakumar, an Edison, NJ senior attending John P. Stevens Excessive College earned first place for Nourish America. Paul Scalzo, a Fairfield, NJ junior attending Saint John Vianney Excessive College, took second place, pitching Greatest Protection Options. With greater than 300 viewers members, the occasion was reside streamed on Microsoft Groups.
“It was really inspiring to see the expertise and creativity of those younger entrepreneurs as they ably supported their enterprise ideas throughout the presentation and Q&A segments. Even in a digital format, this competitors continues to have a good time younger entrepreneurs and encourage them of their endeavors, demonstrating the adaptability and inventive drawback fixing abilities that make entrepreneurship such an essential a part of the enterprise world at this time,” mentioned Joyce Strawser, Dean, Stillman College of Enterprise.
Shivakumar’s successful thought is an already working 501 c(3) non-profit group, devoted to offering gluten-free and allergy-friendly meals to folks in want by meals drives, consciousness campaigns and youth advocacy. She talked about in her pitch that she was impressed to start out Nourish America as a result of she and her household struggled with meals insecurity, so she knew how essential the problem is firsthand. Her successful pitch earned her a $10,000 scholarship to Seton Corridor and a $2,500 money prize.
Shreya Shivakumar gained first place for Nourish America.
“It is an honor to be chosen as winner of the Pirates Pitch competitors from a pool of gifted younger folks. Once I began Nourish America, I aimed to help households dwelling in meals insecurity and I want to thank Professor Scherreik and the judges for recognizing my ardour for ending starvation. This win is a results of my perseverance and my group’s laborious work and is motivation for me to maintain preventing starvation by Nourish America,” mentioned Shivakumar.
Scalzo earned second place together with his pitch for Greatest Protection Options, a cyber safety firm centered on defending instructional organizations. Citing the lack of expertise in regards to the risks posed by hacking, Greatest Protection Options would carry out intensive and thorough exams to find potential threats to an establishment’s cyber safety system after which would report its findings and suggest options. For his start-up thought, Scalzo gained a $6,000 scholarship to Seton Corridor and a $1,000 money prize.
“I want to thank Seton Corridor College for giving me this superb alternative to not solely problem myself however to encourage me to pursue my desires of sooner or later beginning my very own firm,” mentioned Scalzo. “The Pirates Pitch Competitors allowed me to develop, plan and current an thought for a corporation near my coronary heart, and I couldn’t be extra grateful to Professor Scherreik, Dean Strawser, and the College for serving to me chase my desires!”
Theodora Exilus, a senior at Mount Saint Dominic Academy from Orange, NJ, gained the Viewers Selection Award and a $250 money prize for her Charcuterie Chix pitch.
Every pupil entrepreneur had 5 minutes to pitch their thought, both by a prerecorded video or a reside presentation. Then, the finalists took 5 minutes to reply questions from the panel of judges, which consisted of Seton Corridor school and alumni. The judging panel included: Ruchin Kansal, an affiliate director within the Buccino Leadership Institute and an skilled in enterprise innovation in biopharma; Christine Fowler-Phillips, an entrepreneurship and administration skilled specializing in company and private branding in addition to variety and inclusion and the CEO/Founding father of Uncover Your Greatest Self LLC; and Ben Lowe, an entrepreneurship, finance and provide administration skilled and co-founder of 5 startup ventures. Additionally on the judging panel was Alissa Lopez, M.B.A. ’19, CEO and founding father of FamiliesDo Inc., founding father of the Household Stability Planner, and a first-place winner within the Seton Corridor collegiate Pirates Pitch competitors.
“I used to be actually impressed by how entrepreneurial-minded and the way a lot grit these younger college students have. Most of the college students have a giant ardour for serving to the general public, which I noticed in pitches for companies that would impression the neighborhood and enhance folks’s lives. It was superb to see this stage of entrepreneurship from such a younger group of scholars,” mentioned Lopez.
The competitors aligns with Global Entrepreneur Week which occurred from Nov. 16 to 22. The 11 finalists have been chosen from a subject of 180 highschool sophomores, juniors and seniors from 18 states and nations around the globe, together with Canada, Dubai, India, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand and Turkey.
The Excessive College Pirates Pitch is predicated on the Middle’s extremely profitable College Pirates Pitch Competition. The competitors teaches highschool college students entrepreneurship fundamentals and thought technology, recognizing and rewarding college students with excellent entrepreneurial know-how. Bringing them to Seton Corridor’s campus additionally exposes them to the Stillman College of Enterprise, its Middle for Entrepreneurial Research, and its nationally ranked Middle for Management Growth throughout the Buccino Management Institute.
“The younger entrepreneurs who participated as finalists within the Pirates Pitch Competitors for Excessive College College students have been the “better of the very best” of highschool college students. It was a real pleasure to work with them as collectively we created our contest anew in a digital format,” mentioned Susan Scherreik, founding director of the Middle for Entrepreneurial Research within the Stillman College of Enterprise. “I used to be fully impressed by their expertise, ardour, creativity and confidence. They demonstrated the can-do entrepreneurial spirit that we want now greater than ever to unravel the numerous challenges the world faces at this time.”
The remaining finalists obtained a $4,000 scholarship to the College. Finalists included:
- Anthony Ambrose, a senior at Saint Augustine Preparatory College from Moorestown, NJ – Enterprise Startup Thought: TCCR – The School Cafeteria Overview
- James Brickman, a senior at Don Bosco Prep from Wyckoff, NJ – Enterprise Startup Thought: Harvest Capital
- Nyla Cheeseboro, a sophomore at East Orange STEM Academy Excessive College from East Orange, NJ – Enterprise Startup Thought: Slay Child Slay
- Theodora Exilus, a senior at Mount Saint Dominic Academy from Orange, NJ – Enterprise Startup Thought: Charcuterie Chix (Viewers Selection Award recipient)
- Caelin Foley, a senior at Delcastle Tech Excessive College from Wilmington, DE – Enterprise Startup Thought: First2College
- William J. Milligan, a senior at Cherry Hill Excessive College West from Cherry Hill, NJ – Enterprise Startup Thought: Card Capital
- Pratham Pilli, a junior at Montville Township Excessive College from Montville, NJ – Enterprise Startup Thought: Shard
- Emily Shaw, a junior at West Essex Senior Excessive College from Fairfield, NJ – Enterprise Startup Thought: UpCycle
- Owen Thorpe, a senior at Horseheads Excessive College in Horseheads, NY – Enterprise Startup Thought: Soccermetrics