The Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship partnered with Push for Pizza earlier this month to hold a pizza scholarship contest, during which one Montclair State University student won a weekly stipend to buy pizza. Natalie Yavorski, a freshman Fine Arts major, was the grand-prize winner and she will receive a $20 credit to a local pizza shop every week for 16 weeks, extending just over the end of the fall semester.
The contest was held in the Student Center quad on Sept. 8, where participants were asked to write down their email addresses on slips of paper and place them into a sealed box. Cyrus Summerlin, co-founder of Push for Pizza, selected the winning slip for the drawing. All MSU students were eligible to enter and had the ability to win, even if they were not present at the event.
Push for Pizza, a new pizza-ordering app, sponsored the prize. The company also brought a Lamborghini covered in a pizza-themed wrap to campus, giving students an opportunity to pose for pictures with the car. Push for Pizza gave away sunglasses and other small prizes while the Feliciano Center supplied free pizza.
“It’s fitting that we partnered with a pizza-related startup on this contest because we serve pizza at all of our free events,” said Sharon Waters, program manager at the Feliciano Center. “This was a great opportunity for students to meet and chat with the founders of a cool startup while also getting a slice of pizza and a chance to enter the ‘Pizza Scholarship’ contest.”
Push for Pizza can be downloaded in the app store on any mobile device. Through the app, students can build their own pizza, select the pizza parlor and pay for the meal in full, including the delivery tip. The pizza is then delivered right to their door, on campus or not. According to the company’s website, Push for Pizza was founded by five college students “with a simple dream: a world where you can push a button and get a pizza.”
The Feliciano Center holds 15 to 20 free events per year that are open to the public. Students can see a detailed list of upcoming Feliciano Center events by visiting www.meetup.com/Montclair-Entrepreneurs.
Students of all majors are welcome to enroll in the Feliciano Center’s entrepreneurship classes and have the option of earning a Certificate of Entrepreneurship by doing so. The Center is also in the process of creating a new 3-D printing and design lab called the Innovation Center. The lab will be used for a new nine-credit certificate in Entrepreneurship, Lean Manufacturing and 3D Design. The first round of classes is currently being offered this semester.