Welcome back! As we kick off the new year and jump into the Spring semester, we're excited to celebrate Rowan University's centennial, marking 100 years of academic excellence and innovation. 

We're also pleased to share that our new Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS) in Creative Industries Entrepreneurship has officially launched. This CUGS is tailored to blend creative pursuits with entrepreneurial skills, offering students a chance to develop both sets of skills and mindsets. Many creative minds on campus, spanning music, art, writing arts, theater, and more, are eager to avoid the 'starving artist' stigma. This program offers a hybrid option for students to cultivate both entrepreneurial and creative capabilities.To learn more about the program and how to enroll, click here.

Looking ahead to the semester, there are plenty of opportunities to network, innovate, collaborate, and secure seed funding. The 17th annual New Venture Competition is set for April 19th with a first-place prize of $30,000. Additionally, RCIE is offering various workshops and mentorship opportunities for learning and growth. Stay updated on events and competition applications through StartupTree.


Rohrer New Venture Competition

The Rohrer New Venture Competition encourages students to pursue entrepreneurial ventures and develop high-growth businesses. It aims to prepare students for future entrepreneurship efforts and provide an opportunity for participants to win cash prizes for their venture. First place prize is $30,000!

Apply here by 11:59pm on Friday, February 9th.

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.


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 for some our first Mentor Mondays of 2024 - no appointment required!


Rowan supports entrepreneurs through NJ Innovation Fellows program

10 NJ businesses will receive a total of $3.6 million in income replacement grants as part of the NJ Innovation Fellows program from the NJEDA. Each startup will participate in a comprehensive mentorship program facilitated by NJIT and the RCIE. Dr. Michael Dominik, Rowan program facilitator, said, “Rowan is thrilled to work with the NJEDA as part of the Innovation Fellows program to mentor these startups to become shining stars in the New Jersey entrepreneurial ecosystem." Click here to read the full story.

Rowan founder receives multiple honors in Philadelphia

Congratulations to Nicholas Nastasi (Management '23, MBA '25), founder of 4U Medical Designs. Nastasi took home third place in the PA division of the 2024 Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards for his startup and was named a PHL Inno Under 25 by the Philadelphia Business Journal for his innovative work in healthcare. Read the full story here.

2023 New Venture Competition winner presents at NJ GSEA

Siena Rampulla (Psychology '23, MBA '25) participated in the NJ division of the 2024 Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards. She took home third place for her startup, PULLATracker, a mobile app designed to keep women safe on college campuses. Way to go, Siena!

Student founder joins Stanford Startup Society

Congratulations to Aiden Tahmazian (Mechanical Engineering '26), founder of Circlez and Studio 231 Technician, for earning acceptance into the Stanford Startup Society. Aiden joins the inaugural cohort of student entrepreneurs from across the nation that will dedicate themselves to business growth, participate in startup events, and gain access to a network of mentors and venture capitalists.


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The RCIE team is on campus in Business Hall 209 and available to all Rowan students, faculty, and staff!

Interested in upcoming competitions, seed funding and scholarship opportunities, pitch feedback, mentorship possibilities, or how the RCIE can help advance your business idea, startup or entrepreneurial goals? Email Jessica Vattima to schedule a meeting.

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