The New Jersey City University Institute for Dispute Resolution will partner with Mission 50 in Hoboken to host an entrepreneurship pitch competition on April 26 at 4 p.m.
The inaugural event is open to all students, and the winner will have the chance to win $5,000 to launch a business idea.
The competition builds upon NJCU’s partnership with Mission 50, which launched an Innovation and Commercialization Lab on Nov. 8 to support entrepreneurship programs at Hudson County’s four colleges.
The goal of the program is “to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation culture throughout the university by unleashing our students’ ideas,” said Professor David Weiss, the founder and director of NJCU’s IDR. “Programs and initiatives that create a startup ecosystem environment at NJCU work to advance a robust STEM and STEAM launch pad to support our students’ creative potential.”
Gregory Dell’Aquila, the founder and CEO of JDA Group LLC, the parent organization of Mission 50, committed $25,000 in November toward innovation on Hudson County’s college campuses, which included $5,000 to fund university-led student business pitch competitions.
Dell’Aquila announced that the winners from each school will be invited to compete in a countywide pitch competition hosted by Mission 50 in the spring, with an additional prize of $5,000.
“It has also been our company’s mission to support the entrepreneurs of tomorrow by working hand-in-hand with Hudson County’s institutions of higher learning,” Dell’Aquila said in November.
NJCU students interested in participating in the inaugural pitch competition can register their participation and will have access to workshops to assist in preparing a pitch. Interested students should contact Michael Arbitblit at [email protected].