Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy Wraps Up 5th Year!
The RCIE hosted the 5th Annual Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy (TLAE) this summer. The six-week virtual program, led by Dr. Mike Dominik, teaches the entrepreneurial mindset by introducing students to unique and interesting problems entrepreneurs face when starting and operating new ventures.

Nearly 100 students, representing several U.S. states and one international student from Egypt, participated in the program. Teams were created and tasked with finding a solution to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Each week included guest speakers that discussed problem solving, customer discovery, design thinking, prototyping, financial analysis, pitching, and more. Teams were also assigned a Rowan student mentor that worked with them on their ideas throughout the program.

After weeks of learning and ideating, six finalist teams were selected to present at the final pitch competition to a panel of judges including Greg Payton, Michael Weinberg, and Dr. Susana Santos. The finalists teams included Elimiwaste, Climbing Cascades, Education Resuscitation, 241 Custemizers, HydroFlow, and Homes for Tomorrow. While all teams impressed, First Place went to 241 Custemizers, a tutoring organization aimed at helping low income students.

Congratulations to all participants of the TLAE program! And a big thank you to Dr. Michael Dominik, our Rowan student mentors, and TD Bank Charitable Fund, who all make TLAE possible.
StartupRU Accelerator Spotlight: Biodome
Biodome Company, founded by Jerah Siegal, is combatting food deserts by bringing fresh, sustainable produce to cities.

A food desert is an area that lacks the ability to grow or obtain food in quantities needed to feed the population. Every U.S. city is categorized as a food desert. Biodome hopes to provide the solution by placing fully automated, self-sustaining greenhouses on top of low and mid-rise buildings in cities. Biodome eliminates energy consumption and costs related to processing and shipping of fresh produce.

The StartupRU Summer Accelerator Program is a flexible 10-week program customized to meet the needs of participants. Participating companies receive mentorship, up to $7,500 in non-equity seed funding, day-to-day support, and space for their ventures.
RCIE has various events and entrepreneurial engagement opportunities this semester! Be sure to check out StartupTree for the full line up of RCIE events, competitions, applications, and scholarships at Rowan. Click an event image below to RSVP on StartupTree.
The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Knowledge Hub at Rowan University is seeking two students workers to assist with ICSB K-Hub events & programs (10 hours per week). S(he) primarily supports the K-Hub's programming efforts (event coordination, program development, marketing outreach, social media, etc.). This is a special opportunity given by the incumbent, by nature of the job, networks with a plethora of entrepreneurs and community leaders.

The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, high attention to detail, and the ability to work within a highly dynamic team environment. It is likely the candidate will need to travel to Washington DC in October to meet with the ICSB K-Hub leadership. Students from a variety of academic backgrounds will be considered.

View this full job listing on ProfJobs. To view and apply, search "Events & Programs Student Worker" or by job ID "34477561".
Let's Chat!
Want to discuss upcoming competitions, seed funding and scholarship opportunities, get pitch feedback, mentorship possibilities, or how the RCIE can help advance your business idea, startup, or entrepreneurial goals? Click here to schedule a meeting.
Return to Rowan
We are thrilled to see students and employees returning to campus for the fall semester. Rowan's priority will continue to be the health and safety of our community and members. Click here for the most recent updates on protocols, resources, and frequently asked questions.
Welcome, Greg Payton!
We are thrilled to announce that Greg Payton has joined the Rohrer College of Business as a lecturer in entrepreneurship and as Co-Director of the Rowan Center for Responsible Leadership. Greg has had an amazing career serving as Chair of the RCIE Alumni Advisory Council, Rowan adjunct faculty member, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for PNC Financial Group, and retired senior military logistics officer. Greg also graduated from Rowan in 2014 with a BS in Management. Welcome, Greg!
Moving Great Ideas from the Lab to the Marketplace
Rowan researchers are developing promising ideas & new technology in their labs; the trick is getting their new inventions out to the marketplace. The National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program accelerates the commercialization process. Researchers at Rowan have earned 10 national I-Corps awards since 2018. "It's an indicator of Rowan's emerging reputation for innovation & self-driven entrepreneurial focus, said Dr. Tabbetha Dobbins, interim vice president for research. Read the full story here.
I&E Faculty Certificate Program Kicks Off!
The 2021-2022 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Faculty Certificate Program kicked off with a Boot Camp led by Dr. Cheryl Bodnar, Associate Professor ExEEd & Assistant Director of Faculty Programs. Participants will learn various skill sets needed to incorporate entrepreneurship and innovation into their classes over the course of the academic year.
Studio 231 is Back!
Studio 231 is staffed daily by student technicians eager to help bring your next idea to life. This semester, Studio 231 will run a combination of both in-person and virtual workshops on 3D printing, manufacturing, and more. Check out StartupTree for the full line up. For any questions, or to schedule a consultation, please email
New Publication for Dr. Santos and Dr. Liguori
Congratulations to Dr. Susana Santos, Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, and Dr. Eric Liguori, RCIE Executive Director, on their publication in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research titled, Are social and traditional entrepreneurial intentions really that different?
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The RCIE team is here to support you!

The RCIE team is on campus and available to all Rowan students, faculty, and staff! Feel free to schedule a meeting to discuss upcoming competitions, your ideas, receive pitch feedback, and more.

Please contact Jessica Vattima if you are interested in mentorship opportunities, such as becoming a "Startup Guru", or if you have interest in hosting a webinar, virtual workshop, site visit, or speaking event.
Rowan's entrepreneurship team wants to remind you to keep ideating, making, and doing, especially during times of uncertainty and change.
Pictured: L-R first row: Dr. Michael Dominik, Professor Katie Loesch, RCIE Grad Assistant Brandon Graham, Professor Gregory Payton; L-R second row: Professor Susan Meyer, Dr. Eric Liguori, Dr. Cheryl Bodnar, Studio 231 Supervisor Andrew Bunoza; L-R third row: Dr. Susana Santos, Dr. Lee Zane, RCIE Outreach & Events Associate Jessica Vattima, the Rowan Prof

For more information of any of Rowan's student entrepreneurship programs or to learn how you can support entrepreneurship at Rowan, please contact Jess (Wolk) Vattima at
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