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Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Unveils Pirates LaunchPad Summer Accelerator Program  

Students walking and talking on campus during a Fall day.Do you have a business startup idea that you are serious about pursuing and turning into a real business? Have you already launched a startup and are seeking assistance to propel your venture to the next level? Have you competed in the Pirates Pitch startup idea competition and/or other collegiate startup contests, or participated in the Great Minds Entrepreneur Boot Camp, and seek further guidance to develop your business model? Are you focused on a social or community problem and are working on an innovative startup business solution? 

Pirates LaunchPad may be right for you. This new pilot venture accelerator program employs lean startup methodology to help Seton Hall University student entrepreneurs make progress on their startup during an eight week summer program. Students will meet weekly for virtual group meetings on Friday mornings (except July 3), with additional individualized virtual coaching sessions with successful alumni entrepreneurs. There is no cost for students to attend, but space is limited. 

Who is Eligible: Open to all Seton Hall students who are already working on a startup business plan, or have launched a startup, and are willing to set business goals and work to meet them during the program. The summer accelerator is free, but space is limited. Teams that successfully complete the program will be eligible for seed funding stipends of up to $1,500.

When: Friday, May 29, 2020 to Friday July 24, 2020 (Except July 3.) 

How To Apply: Four to six student startup teams will be accepted in the initial pilot program cohort. The application process includes a video interview with the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and completing an application form. 

Deadline to Express Interest: Students must contact Susan Scherreik, Founding Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, no later than May 15, 2020 at

Student teams participating in the venture accelerator will receive:

  • A seed funding stipend of up to $1,500 upon successful completion of Pirates LauchPad.
  • Ongoing advising with venture mentors.
  • Access to skills building entrepreneurship workshops, prototyping tools, and other useful resources.
  • Access to the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies' network of successful alumni entrepreneurs.

For More Information: Contact Director Susan Scherreik at

Categories: Business

For more information, please contact:

  • Susan Scherreik
  • (201) 294-3807