Seton Hall University hosted its eighth annual Pirates Pitch for High School Students Contest. Ten student finalists competed for cash prizes and scholarships during the 'Shark Tank' style contest.
Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
We've got a new name! The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is now the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship! Today, entrepreneurship – and what we do—encompasses so much more than when the Stillman School of Business launched its entrepreneurship program 17 years ago. Our name change acknowledges the broader role of innovation and entrepreneurial skills in our lives and in our futures. Whether our students desire to launch a company or work for a large corporation, it is the innovators and problem solvers – the true entrepreneurs- who create new ideas, products and services that better our society.
The Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship fosters the collaboration of faculty, students, alumni and entrepreneurs through an array of initiatives that advance entrepreneurial learning at Seton Hall University. Learn More »
Students learn about the overall entrepreneurial process and acquire the skills and tools they need to succeed from the launch of a new business to the successful growth of that business. Students are required to complete four 3-credit courses.
Students are invited on a tour of a fast-growing technology venture founded by Stillman entrepreneur Bryan Jakovcic '09
Everyone is invited to watch the virtual Pirates Pitch for High School Students Competition. The top 10 finalists will vie for more than $50K in prizes and scholarships.
In a celebration of Women Entrepreneurship Week all students are invited to meet entrepreneur Alissa Lopez '19 and participate in a Pitch Slam! Prizes to top winners!
Leading with Excellence
Susan Scherreik has been named a 2022 NJ Entrepreneurship Influencer in Higher Education. ROI-NJ selected Scherreik as one of the top 10 entrepreneurship education leaders in the state based on their influence and impact at their schools and the business community and, above all, for creating creative, innovative and impactful entrepreneur programs.
"The founding director of Seton Hall’s Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Scherreik brings energy and passion to the program. Under her direction, the center has fundraised more than $2.15 million since its inception in 2003.
Scherreik created the center’s annual Pirates Pitch for High School Students as well as the Collegiate Pirates Pitch Startup Competition. Additionally, she launched an undergraduate entrepreneur boot camp and the Pirates LaunchPad summer accelerator program at Seton Hall."
"My time at Seton Hall and the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies cemented for me a lifelong pursuit of business. It taught me to actively seek out opportunities in underserved communities and offer viable solutions."
In 2009, Bryan Jakovcic was president of the Stillman School Entrepreneurship Club and working on launching several startup businesses. Today, Jakovcic is the president and owner of Fusion Health, one of the fastest growing private companies in the nation, and he is being lauded as a transformative business leader. Read more about Bryan Jakovcic »
Revolutionizing Financial Services
After Gabino Roche graduated in 1998 he headed to Wall Street for success at McKinsey & Co. Leveraging his corporate knowledge, he launched Saphyre, a fintech startup revolutionizing financial services by digitizing and speeding the pre-trading space, while providing trading and post-trade benefits for financial institutions at the same time.
2021 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honorees
Congratulations to two of Seton Hall University’s most successful innovators and changemakers: Frank T. Cannone, J.D. ’91, Chair, Corporate Group, Gibbons P.C., and Bryan J. Jakovcic ’09, President and Owner, Fusion Health.