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

Pitch Competition

$80,000 in prize money will be won by Montclair State students in the university’s annual student pitch contest in 2018. 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. Only Montclair State students can enter the contest, and must compete in teams of at least two Montclair State students. Individual students cannot compete. There will be a special event on Wed. Jan. 24, 4-5 p.m., in room 140 of the Feliciano School of Business to help students find teammates for the pitch contest. We can also answer any questions you may have about the contest.

Teams entering the contest MUST sign the student pitch competition agreement.

The student pitch competition agreement outlines all rules, deadlines and requirements.

All submission deadlines are final. Late submissions cannot be accepted. To enter the preliminary round, the following must be received no later than 4 p.m. March 16:

  1. Signed student pitch competition agreement
  2. 2-minute video that complies with all requirements set by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. Student must upload their video to YouTube (you can make it “private”) and send us the link
  3. One-page executive summary that complies with all requirements set by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. The one-page executive summary must follow the format, and contain all the info, shown in this sample.

Send the three items no later than 4 p.m. March 16  to Students must use their Montclair State email address when submitting their materials, and when accessing the documents linked above.

See the student pitch competition agreement for other important dates and information.

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 Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship will offer four workshops that can help students compete in the 2018 contest. The workshops will be held in room 140 of Feliciano School of Business on these dates:

  • Legal Workshop – Tues. Feb. 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Wed. Feb. 7, 2:30-4:00 p.m. (same workshop offered both dates–you should only attend one)
  • Customer Validation Workshop – Mon. Feb. 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • How to Pitch Workshop – Wed. March 14, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

In 2017, the Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs pitch 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 in May 2017 in the university conference center. 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