Accelerate South Jersey: Focus Camden graduates inaugural cohort
The School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SIE) wrapped the first phase of its newly integrated entrepreneurship program approach to community empowerment. Billed as the Accelerate South Jersey: Focus Camden "bootcamp", twelve budding community and female entrepreneurs completed 30 hours of instruction. Led by Dr. Michael Dominik, the program helped prepare them to launch and grow new businesses in the Camden region.

The sessions were conducted on Saturday mornings and afternoons in Camden at the Joint Health Science Center, and was supported locally in Camden by the Latin American Economic Development Association, the Kroc Center (Salvation Army), the Rowan/Rutgers Board of Governors, and the New Jersey Economic Development Agency. The program covered topics such as legal business formation, customer identification, accounting and bookkeeping, strategic planning, startup/operations costs, marketing and sales, and business operations.

The next phases for enabling this group of community entrepreneurs includes assigning them experienced entrepreneurs who can serve as mentors, leveraging technical, business, and artistic talents of Rowan students who can contribute to these business startups, and assisting the entrepreneurs to identify the financial resources and partners they will need to become established members of the regional business ecosystem.

The SIE intends to continue the Accelerate South Jersey program into the next academic year, and will begin recruiting another cohort in spring and summer 2023. Inquiries for cohort applications can be directed to Dr. Michael Dominik.
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.
Join us on November 14th for the RCIE Spotlight Speaker Series featuring Jason Feifer, Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine. The first 80 students to swipe in will receive a copy of his new book Build for Tomorrow: An Action Plan for Embracing Change, Adapting Fast, and Future-Proofing Your Career!

Mr. Feifer will lead a discussion from 6:30-7:30pm in Business Hall 104, followed by a networking reception and book signing from 7:30-8pm in the Hub of Business Hall.
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Rowan student nominated for SNJ Millennials "30 Under 30"
Congratulations to Nick Nastasi (Management '23) for being nominated to receive the SNJ Millennials 3rd annual "30 Under 30" Trendsetters award. Nick was nominated for his work through his startup, 4U Medical Designs. Great job Nick!
Halfday co-founder named as "Inno Under 25"
Congratulations to Halfday co-founder Kayvon Jahanbakhsh (Finance '19) who was recently featured as an "Inno Under 25" by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Click here to read more about Kayvon's journey to Inno Under 25.
Robert Patterson hosts Catch Up with a Startup
Robert Patterson (Chemical Engineering '21) hosted Catch Up with a Startup and discussed his journey to launching High Plasma, a cannabis sterilization startup devoted to designing and building sterilization technologies for cannabis cultivators and processors, as a Rowan student. Learn more about High Plasma here.
RCB freshman accepted into Philly Startup Leaders Accelerator
Harrison Nastasi (Supply Chain & Logistics '26) was accepted into the Philly Startup Leaders accelerator program for his food innovation, Bobica Bars. Great work, Harrison!
Cheyanne Forgatch hosts Coffee with an Entrepreneur
Cheyanne Forgatch hosted Coffee with an Entrepreneur this month where she discussed her business, The Artisan Marshmallow Company. She discussed life as a small business owner and her experience opening a second storefront location in Pitman. Thanks for joining us, Cheyanne!
RCIE celebrates Women's Entrepreneurship Week
Each year, Rowan joins the global celebration of Women's Entrepreneurship Week. This year, we hosted a panel discussion titled Her Perspective: Overcoming Hurdles in Entrepreneurship, moderated by Ashley Kulikowski (Psychology '23). The panel highlighted three female entrepreneurs: Nika Corbett, Founder and CEO of Curate Noir, LaShonda Tyree, Owner of Nyah Beauty, and Arlene Felder, Owner of Glassy Brown Cookies.
RCIE held siege at "Once Upon a Prof" Homecoming
Did you have a chance to visit RCIE's tent at Homecoming? Rowan entrepreneurs from Bobica Bars, Konay Spice Shop, SHEARS, and entrepreneurs of the Accelerate South Jersey program showcased their businesses and connected with members of the Rowan community. Thanks for joining us!
RCB mission aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goal
SIE faculty members Michael Dominik and Susana Santos were recently highlighted on Rowan Today for their research efforts to solve UN Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty. Read more about the work they have been doing here.
Rowan startups featured at Propelify
Jerah Siegal (Entrepreneurship '21), Founder of Biodome, and Robert Patterson (Chemical Engineering 21'), Founder of High Plasma, represented Rowan at TechUnited's Propelify Tech & Innovation Convention in Hoboken, NJ. Siegal and Patterson showcased their startups and networked with other local, innovative leaders and investors.
Rowan students rank in Top 100 in CEO's Global Pitch Competition
CEO Club members Ashley Kulikowski (Psychology '23), Harrison Nastasi (Supply Chain & Logistics '26), Nick Nastasi (Management '23) and Joshua Perrty (Biomedical Engineering '24) made the top 100 CEO's Global Pitch Competition and attended CEO's annual conference in Chicago. Nick was selected as a finalist out of nearly 700 applicants and had the opportunity to present his startup, 4U Medical Designs. Way to go guys!
Dean Lehrman interviewed in ROI-NJ Article
Congratulations to Dean Lehrman for a great interview with ROI-NJ where she discussed RCB's 50th anniversary and highlighted the many accomplishments of Rowan’s rapidly-growing and award-winning Entrepreneurship program. View the full article here.
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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 Assistant Director 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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