Creatives 230 named among AACSB "Innovations That Inspire"

Just one year since its launch, Creatives 230, an interdisciplinary experiential learning lab in the Rowan Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RCIE), was named among the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business’s 2024 Innovations That Inspire for its role in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration through entrepreneurship and creative arts.

Born of a collaboration between Jenny Drumgoole, an associate professor in the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts, and Jessica Vattima, assistant director of the Rowan Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship within the School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE), the program enables students to learn together and benefit from experience gained. “Entrepreneurship isn't just for business majors, it's a mindset that is crucial for artists and creatives in today's competitive landscape. That’s why this space is so important,” Drumgoole said.

This marks the third AACSB Innovations That Inspire award for the School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, with Studio 231 being recognized in 2019 as a champion of change in the landscape of business education, and the Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy for high school students in 2022 for its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Read the full story, here.

Jumpstarting a new century

To celebrate Rowan University’s Centennial, our Profs marked Leap Day by jumping with fervor and fun as they propelled the University into the next century.

Just as members of the University community did in 2012, the 2024 leapers included students, employees, alumni…and more than a few future Profs.

Click here to learn more. Here’s to a new century of reaching higher heights, Profs!


The Rowan community raised over $400,000 for the 2024 Day of Giving campaign. The School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship was at the top of the College of Business leaderboard, raising over $7,000. Thank you for making a difference for entrepreneurship at Rowan 💛


New Venture Expo

The 2024 New Venture Expo will feature over 50 idea-stage student startups from various industries including F&B, cannabis commercialization, retail, entertainment and more and challenges teams to think big using the entrepreneurial mindset. Students are tasked with creating a solution or service to a pain point or problem and asked to display their idea at a decorated expo booth.

Register your team here by 11:59pm on Sunday, March 3rd.

Check out these helpful tips from RCIE Assistant Director Jess Vattima when preparing for the New Venture Expo.


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.

Stop in to BUSN 214 for Mentor Mondays - no appointment required!


Entrepreneurship capstone visits Lincoln Financial Field

This month, entrepreneurship seniors enjoyed an exciting tour of Lincoln Financial Field, an annual highlight of the capstone course, where they learned about the Philadelphia Eagles' Go Green sustainability initiatives, strategic management, and community engagement efforts.

Neal Asbury '79 returns to Rowan as an EIR

Neal Asbury (Music '79), CEO and founder of The Legacy Companies, has returned to Rowan University this semester as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). With his extensive experience as a global leader in manufacturing and distributing kitchen appliances and food service equipment, Asbury will provide mentorship to student entrepreneurs through the RCIE. Read the full story, here.

Entrepreneurship Major and Leap Year Baby turns "6"

Markese Davis (Entrepreneurship '24) celebrates his birthday every four years, sharing the unique February 29 date with just 0.06 percent of the global population. Today, he leads the inspiring clothing brand "Motivated And Dedicated," aimed at motivating others. Read the full story, here.

PULLATracker app launching March 1

PULLATracker, founded by Siena Rampulla (MBA ’25), is launching on the app store this Friday, March 1. The app, winner of the 2023 Rohrer New Venture Competition, simplifies communication with local Emergency Medical Services (EMS), fire, and police dispatch at the touch of a button. Read the full story here.

Entrepreneurship Major heads to the Recording Academy 

Ajee’ Jeter (Entrepreneurship/ Audio Recording ‘26) has joined the Recording Academy as a Grammy U student member. Since 2006, the program has been a leading gateway to the music industry for college students. Congrats, Ajee'!

Phi Chi Theta partners with RCIE to host Han Dynasty owner

Rowan's Phi Chi Theta business fraternity, in partnership with the RCIE, hosted its first guest speaker night featuring Han Chiang, owner of Han Dynasty, discussing his entrepreneurial journey, brand building, and the importance of perseverance in the industry. Students engaged with Han, asked questions, and enjoyed his famous DanDan Noodles.

4U Medical Designs takes home first place at MedTank

Nicholas Nastasi (Management/Entrepreneurship '23, MBA '25) and Josh Perry (Biomedical Engineering '23) of 4U Medical Designs clinched first place at Rowan's School of Medicine MedTank Competition. As CEO and founder, Nastasi expressed, "It was great to collaborate with students from the SOM. Collaboration across campuses resulted in amazing outcomes."

Megan Hilbert hosts Coffee with an Entrepreneur

Megan Hilbert (Public Relations '18), owner of Red's Rolling Restaurant, sat down with students to share her journey that led to entrepreneurship, including insights into her fleet of food trucks and the challenges she has encountered in the food truck industry. Thank you for joining us, Megan!

Entrepreneurship Alum opens new salon in Showboat Hotel

Ambika Vig (Entrepreneurship '23) opened the Aura Salon and Spa within the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. Congratulations, Ambika!

ASJ graduate receives Michael H. Boyce award

Creatina Phillips, a participant of Rowan's Accelerate South Jersey (ASJ) program in 2022 for her sustainable plus-size fashion brand, Je'Amani, has been honored with the 2023 Michael H. Boyce Award. This prestigious accolade celebrates emerging entrepreneurs who demonstrate values such as honor, courage, commitment, and leadership. Congratulations, Creatina!


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