Rowan University Receives ICSB Resiliency Awards
Rowan University was recognized by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) during their 2020 Resiliency Awards Ceremony with multiple awards.

Rowan tied for First Place as the 2020 Most Active ICSB Knowledge Hub. This recognition is largely a result of two efforts. The first being connecting and engaging Rowan's Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy for high school students with the ICSB Global Network. And, second, RCIE's cross-pollination and openness to a global audience for our Women's Entrepreneurship Week events.
Dr. Eric Liguori, Rohrer Chair of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the RCIE, was lead author in an article that ICSB recognized as Best Paper of the Year. Another article that Dr. Liguori lead-authored, titled Strategies for small business; Surviving and thriving in the era of COVID-19, was recognized as Most Downloaded Paper of 2020 with an estimated 7,500 downloads in about six months.

These awards reinforce the work we continue to do to foster an inclusive ecosystem, facilitate access, and create opportunity. RCIE recognizes Jessica Vattima, Outreach & Events Associate, for her outstanding representation of Rowan University as an ICSB KHub Ambassador and Dr. Michael Dominik, Lecturer in the Rohrer College of Business, for his work in leading the Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy.
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.
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Brandon Graham Awarded Ross Medallion Award
We are happy to announce that the 2020-2021 Ross Medallion Award for Entrepreneurial Engagement recipient is Brandon Graham. This award is given to a student most engaged in and supportive of Rowan's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Brandon has been instrumental in designing and developing Studio 231, establishing the University Innovation Fellows Chapter at Rowan, and more. Brandon, job well done and thank you for all that you do to give back to Rowan's entrepreneurial ecosystem!
Embracing Entrepreneurship at Rowan
Rowan Today recently featured an article showcasing multiple programs at Rowan instilling an entrepreneurial mindset throughout their curriculum. Read the full story here.
Dr. Liguori Named USASBE Fellow
The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) named Dr. Eric Liguori a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow. Induction as a fellow is USASBE's highest honor and given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development, furtherance, and benefit of small and medium sized businesses. Read more here.
2021 Project Nest Case Competition
Congratulations to first place winners, Jesse Benzell and Darian Harris, of the 2021 Project Nest Case Competition for their idea, New Jersey Food Forests, which would transform residential properties into self-sustaining "food forests". Special thanks to RowanSOM and Montgomery McCracken for co-sponsoring the competition!
Dr. Bodnar Named KEEN Rising Star
Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Bodnar, Associate Professor in the Experiential Engineering Education Department within the College of Engineering and Assistant Director of Faculty Programs of the RCIE. Dr. Bodnar will be honored as a KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network) Rising Star at the 2021 KEEN National Conference. Read the full story here.
Entrepreneurship Students Share Why They Chose Their Major
Three Entrepreneurship students were recently featured on Rowan's Student Affairs Blog where they discussed how they became interested in their major. Read the blog post here.
RCB Faculty Member's Research Featured in New DePaul University Report
Dr. Susana Santos' book "Poverty and Entrepreneurship in Developed Economies" was recently featured in a DePaul University report titled, Analysis of Entrepreneurship Training Curricula In Chicago Community Organization. Way to go, Dr. Santos!
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The RCIE team is here to support you!

While RCIE programming and events will continue to run virtually this Spring, our team will be 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 as a "Startup Guru" or interested in hosting a webinar, virtual workshop, 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 wolk@rowan.edu.
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