Two female students stand with $10,000 oversized check, with two male judges, at pitch contest

Pitch Competition

On May 2, 2018, Montclair State students will capture $80,000 in prize money at 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

The contest is open to all Montclair State students, and 14 teams have been chosen from a competitive process to pitch live on May 2 at the University Hall 7th floor conference center. The semi-finals round begins at 9 a.m. on May 2, followed by the finals round at 2 p.m.

A hallmark of Montclair State’s entrepreneurship program is that students from every college/school on campus take our entrepreneurship courses, and participate in the competition.

For the 2018 contest, the $80,000 prize pol 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. The $80,000 pot of money is also a substantial increase in the prize money for the contest. In 2017, there was only one prize of $10,000.

The 2017 winning team was Fit B, which consisted of Jamie Wisniewski, a graduate student in the Public and Organizational Relations program, and Selena Alvarez, a senior Marketing major. Fit B is a custom bra-fitting experience.

Winners of 2017 pitch contest hug their teacher-mentor
2017 winners, Fit B, hug their professor and mentor, Prof. Ross Malaga.

Read our recap of the 2017 pitch competition at Montclair State.

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