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$80,000 contest open to all Montclair State students

Posted in: Events, Young Entrepreneurs

Two women look shocked, reacting to winning pitch contest.
The two students who won the 2017 pitch contest react with joy.

$80,000 in prize money will be won by Montclair State students in the university’s annual student pitch contest.

The prize pool has increased substantially for the 2018 contest, the Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs, generously funded by alumnus AJ Khubani, CEO of In 2017, the contest had one prize of $10,000. For the 2018 contest, the $80,000 will be split among three prizes: first = $50,000; second = $20,000; third = $10,000. At each prize level, 20 percent of the award goes directly to the student team members and the remaining 80 percent must be invested in the startup venture under the coaching of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship.

The $80,000 prize pool makes Montclair State’s competition the largest collegiate pitch contest in New Jersey. (Next largest annual prize pots are $50K at TCNJ, $45K at Rutgers and $30K at Princeton).

The contest is open to all Montclair State students.

Students can learn more about the $80K contest, including how to enter, at a special event on Wed. Dec. 6 at noon in room 140 of Feliciano School of Business building. Free pizza will be served.

Two female students stand with $10,000 oversized check, with two male judges, at pitch contest
The two student winners of the 2017 contest with AJ Khubani, right, and Sully Sullivan, left