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

Pitch Competition

Our annual $10,000 pitch contest is a highlight of our entrepreneurship program.

The Bright Ideas Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs is held each year in May, with a $10,000 prize to the winning team. Any student enrolled at Montclair State is eligible to pitch in the contest.

The contest is presented by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, and the event is sponsored by AJ Khubani, president and CEO of TeleBrands and a Montclair State alumnus.

The first contest was held in May 2014, and the competition was previously limited to students who had completed the Feliciano Center’s Certificate of Entrepreneurship.

In 2017, the contest was opened to the entire university, with any Montclair State student allowed to pitch. A prelim round required submission of a 2-minute pitch video and one-page executive summary. More than 50 teams were evaluated as part of the first round. The finals, with 21 teams competing, was held May 3, 2017 in the university conference center, 7th floor of University Hall. 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.

To learn how to participate in the 2018 student pitch competition, contact Sharon Waters at (973) 655-6803 or