A Year In Review
And just like that, 2021 comes to an end. The Rowan Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RCIE) continued to maintain a strong presence with our students after returning back to in-person learning. We shifted our efforts back to in-person programming and were excited to welcome speakers and workshop leaders to campus again. RCIE also continued to hold a variety of programs online to give students ample opportunity to engage at all comfort levels. Although it has been a challenging year for many, it has also been one with learning and growth opportunities. As our students learn in class, resiliency is key as an entrepreneur. While encountering adversity is inevitable, it is how we adapt and overcome hard times that makes all the difference.

Whether you have hosted or attended a RCIE event, we thank you for your continued engagement and support. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2022!

Eric Liguori
Executive Director
Rowan Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Jessica Vattima
Assistant Director
Rowan Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
2022 Rohrer New Venture Competition
Do you have an idea for a new venture or need funding to start your business? Enter the 15th annual Rohrer New Venture Competition by February 8th. Click here for more information and to apply.
Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and national competitions in the hope of qualifying for the Global Finals. Learn more about the New Jersey competition and click here to apply.
Kleiner Perkins Fellows
The Kleiner Perkins Fellows program connects students with opportunities to work with the most innovative companies. Click here to learn more and apply.
Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge
The 6th annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from early-stage entrepreneurs around the world. Click here to learn more and apply.
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.
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.
Congrats Idea Challenge Winners!
After weeks of preparation, 45 student groups submitted ideas to the 2021 Idea Challenge. Congratulations to all of our winners, especially First Place winners BioBottle, a pill bottle made from agave bioplastic that combats excessive plastic waste, and Off Campus, an app that helps new college students get accustomed to life on their own outside of the classroom.
Dr. Bodnar elected to KEEN Leadership Council
Dr. Cheryl Bodnar, Associate Professor in the Experiential Engineering Education (ExEEd) Department, was selected to be a part of the KEEN Inaugural Leadership Council. The council consists of only 12 individuals from across all KEEN partner institutions and will have a part in guiding how the institutions can engage and lead in the KEEN network, provide input on promoting the entrepreneurial mindset, and more. Congrats Dr. Bodnar!
Student Startup Gives Back
4Umedicaldesigns, founded by Management major Nick Nastasi, recently donated IV Bag Stickers to The Little Saint Nick Foundation. Learn more about 4Umedicaldesigns here.
Neal Asbury '80 returns to Rowan
Meet Neal Asbury, a Rowan alum, global entrepreneur, founder, owner and chief executive of the Legacy Companies and radio talk show host for Neal Asbury's Made in America. Mr. Asbury returned to Glassboro for the first time in 40 years to speak with students. Read more here.
Dr. Dominik accepted to Faculty Innovation Fellows Program
Dr. Michael Dominik, Entrepreneurship Lecturer, is one of 22 educators worldwide to be accepted to the 2021 Faculty Innovation Fellows program. Participants work to design unique projects that enhance the innovation ecosystems at their schools and help students gain vital real-world skills and mindsets. Congrats Dr. Dominik!
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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
Rowan Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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201 Mullica Hill Road | Glassboro, NJ 08028