2021 Byrd and Ross Medallion Award Winners Announced
Medallion Awards are one of the highest honors Rowan University bestows upon students at graduation. Two entrepreneurship medallions are offered; one in honor of Professor Kimble Byrd and one in honor of Dr. Linda Ross, both emeritus entrepreneurship faculty whose leadership and vision brought entrepreneurship as an academic discipline to Rowan.

The 2021 Ross Medallion Award has been bestowed upon Brandon Graham. "Brandon's leadership and impact in growing and cultivating Rowan's entrepreneurial ecosystem epitomizes what the Ross Medallion award is all about, " said Dr. Eric Liguori, Rohrer Chair of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the RCIE. He added, "Our campus community is forever better for having Brandon as a part of it".

The Byrd Medallion Award, given for embodying the very traits Professor Byrd worked tirelessly to instill in students, has been awarded to two students; Ali Tahir, a medical student in Rowan's School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Tanvi Koduru, Entrepreneurship major in Rowan's Rohrer College of Business. Both Ali and Tanvi have served as leaders and advocates during their time at Rowan University.

This year's awardees exemplify the interdisciplinary and diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem thriving across Rowan's campuses. Ali was not only the first student from Rowan SOM to earn the Byrd Medallion, he was also the first non-entrepreneurship major to do so. Similarly, Graham was the first MBA student to earn the Ross Medallion. We are proud that Rowan's entrepreneurial community continues to grow and thrive at every level on the Rowan campus. Read the full story here.
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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Calling all rising high school juniors and seniors! Learn how to conceive and grow your ideas at the 2021 Think Link an Entrepreneur Virtual Summer Academy. Applications are now open. Click here for more full program details and to apply.
Rowan Students' Sepsis App Advances to Real-World Testing
ChronoCare, a company founded by Rowan students, will undergo real-world testing at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ. ChronoCare is a smartphone and computer software that instantly updates medical professionals with a variety of data, including standards of treatment for sepsis. "Making sure we're treating patients in a timely manner is key to their survival. This app allows the treatment team to not only capture when they're doing treatment, but it also alerts them when the next step is needed", said Virtua's Debra Gillen, DNP, director of outcomes and neuroscience. Read the full story here.
Tech Council Ventures Spotlight: Rowan Provost Tony Lowman
Tony Lowman, Provost at Rowan University, was featured on an Entrepreneur Spotlight for Tech Council Ventures. He shares his startup story with with ReGelTec and talks about the injectable gel being developed for degenertive disks. ReGelTec maintains a lab on the Rowan campus. See more here.
Steminist Squad Takes First Runner Up in ICSB Competition
Steminist Squad, co-founded by Talia Tomarchio and Jessica Vankawala, was first runner up in the International Council for Small Business Marketplace Competition. The honor came with a $750 prize or $1,000 towards attending the ICSB World Congress event this summer in Paris. Steminist Squad is a global community evolving the future for women in stem. The mission is to educate, empower, and inspire. Watch the competition here.
John Rondi Hits 11k Downloads & Returns to Host RCIE Event
John Rondi, Rowan alum and founder of Stunited, met with students for RCIE's Coffee with an Entrepreneur. John's app recently hit an impressive 11,000 downloads and counting. John expressed the importance of having confidence in yourself and in your product, pivoting when necessary, and finding a support system. Thank you for sharing your story, John!
Rowan Entrepreneurship Hosts 1 Million Cups Tampa for 2nd Time
Rowan students had the opportunity to present for 1 Million Cups Tampa for the 2nd time on March 24th. The event was emceed by Luca Fischioni (Entrepreneurship '22) and featured Tanvi Koduru (Entrepreneurship '22), founder of 3D Confectionery, and Brandon Ottey (Entrepreneurship '22), founder of Clouds and Colors. When asked about the experience Tanvi noted, "The feedback I received was so insightful. The community members gave me a lot of wonderful ideas, some of which I have started implementing into me business. Watch a replay of the event here.
Biodome: A Sophisticated Adaption to Indoor Farming
Rowan Entrepreneurship Senior, Jerah Siegal, founded Biodome in 2018 with the goal of reducing energy and water consumption in the agriculture industry and to help feed people healthy organic food. Jerah recently presented for 1 Million Cups Tampa and hosted RCIE's Catch Up With a Startup this month. Among the great advice he gave students based on experience, Jerah focused heavily on the importance of customer discover and the impact it personally had on his business. Click here to learn more about Jerah and his work with Biodome.
Director of Rowan Innovation Venture Fund Named Partner
Managing Director of the Rowan Innovation Venture Fund, Ernest D. Holzheimer, has been elected as one of three new partners for Montgomery McCracken. The full-service law firm represents leading businesses, multinational corporations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals with offices in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. Read more here.
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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

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