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Pitch Johnny Competition

Pitch Johnny Goes Digital

The 2020 Competition has concluded. Thank you everyone who has contributed to the success of this years competition. A recap of the final round can be found below.


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The Pitch Johnny Competition 2020 is open to all students at St. John’s University.

Do you have an interest in entrepreneurship? Or an innovative idea you want to pitch? What about a problem to solve? Want to hear feedback and network with industry professionals who own and operate businesses? The Pitch Johnny Competition is the competition for you!

For the first time, Pitch Johnny went Digital! The Pitch Johnny 2020 edition was be the first time in the history of the program where the entire competition goes digital. This year we will be presenting a different type of competition, where students will have to develop video style pitches and compete over the course of an entire semester for a chance to earn seed money to start and grow their innovations.

Pitch Johnny Details (updated 12/9/20):

Round 3: Final Round
November 14th @ 09:30am

The Final 6 competed in their division's final and their final placement was be selected by a combination of the online popular vote (round 2) and the final judge panel (Round 3).

Watch the final round here: 

  • The online popular vote counted for 40% towards their final rankings
  • The final judge panel counted towards for 60% of their final rankings

Special Thanks to our Round 3 Judge Panel:

Steve Farella ‘77SVC
Larry Dunn ‘79SVC
Jenny Alonzo
Nick Plakoris
Professor John Swan
Professor Neil Feinstein 
Professor John Lin
Professor William Reisel, Ph.D. 

Moderator: Luca Iandoli, Ph.D.

For-Profit Division

Social Entrepreneurship
(Formerly Not-for-Profit Division)

1st Prize: $1,000

2nd Prize: $500

3rd Prize: $250

1st Prize: $1,000

2nd Prize: $500

3rd Prize: $250

Students with further questions about Pitch Johnny please contact:
Kevin James or Christine Munch
St. Augustine Hall, Second Floor
[email protected]

For further questions about judging or sponsoring Pitch Johnny please contact:
Luca Iandoli
St. Augustine Hall, 2-136
[email protected]

2020 Pitch Johnny Sponsors 


Videos and Tips on How to Create the Perfect Pitch

You are welcome to, and definitely not limited to, view the following links for tips on pitching your innovative idea.






Rules and Format

Click here to view the Pitch Johnny rules and format.

Create the Perfect Pitch Workshop