October 2023 EDITION

Two RCB students secure Top 25 spots and head to CEO Global Pitch Competition

Every year, university students from all over the world participate in the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO) Virtual Business Pitch Competition, aiming for a spot among the Top 100 finalists and a chance to present their ideas at the CEO Global Pitch Competition. With a generous prize pool of over $20,000, the competition is intense, and this year was no different.

Out of nearly 700 applicants worldwide, we are delighted to share that four Rowan University students have made us proud by securing spots in the Top 100: Anna DeMasi (Marketing '24), Dan Hassall (Finance '27), Harrison Nastasi (Management/Entrepreneurship '26) and Siena Rampulla (Psychology '23, MBA '25). 

But the excitement doesn't end there. Harrison, founder of Bobica Bars, and Siena, founder of PULLATracker, have been selected as Top 25 finalists. They move on to compete in Tampa, Florida, where they will present their business before a panel of esteemed judges.

Congratulations, Siena and Harrison. We are #RowanPROUD!

A Message to the Rowan University Community:

Regretfully, we announce the departure of Drs. Eric Liguori and Susana Santos from Rowan’s School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the end of the year. In a move to be closer to family, Drs. Liguori and Santos will be joining the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University. Both have been strong contributors to the Rowan community and will be missed. Read the full announcement here.

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100 years. Hundreds of proud Profs. One historic photo.

Hundreds of Profs gathered on the University Green at Bunce Hall, the birthplace of our institution, for a once-in-a-century photo on Oct. 2 celebrating 100 years of Rowan University. Read the full story here.

Dr. Ben McLarty receives Best Reviewer Award

Congratulations to Dr. Ben McLarty who received the 2023 Best Reviewer Award for his outstanding reviewing for the Entrepreneurship Division at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.

Rowan startups featured at annual Homecoming event

Rowan welcomed students and alumni back to campus for the annual Homecoming celebration. SIE's tailgate tent showcased Rowan startups including Julian Doroteo (Entrepreneurship '22) of Shears, Madison Mahon (Marketing '22) of East Coast Jewels, Siena Rampulla (MBA '25) of PULLATracker, Harrison Nastasi (Management/Entrepreneurship '26) and Justin Iannelli (Management '26) of Bobica Bars, and Shaila Saini (Marketing '26) of Lushious Beauty.

Rowan attends Propelify

The SIE was a proud exhibator at TechUnited's 2023 Propelify held in Hoboken, NJ. Rowan student startups PULLATracker, 4U Medical Designs, Circlez, and Bobica Bars had the opportunity to showcase their innovations and network with hundreds of entrepreneurs at the event.

Local entrepreneurs complete bootcamp phase of AccelerateSJ

This month, entrepreneurs from the South Jersey region participating in SIE's Accelerate South Jersey (ASJ) program completed a six-week Bootcamp phase. During this time, they applied a design thinking approach to advance their business ideas. The group now moves on to the next phase, where they will collaborate with mentors and consultants to bring their ideas to life. Learn more about the ASJ initiative here.

Student startups host webinar

Aiden Tahmazian (Mechanical Engineering '26) of Circlez and Siena Rampulla (Psychology '23, MBA '25) teamed up with two other student startup founders to host "From Idea to Reality." Over 60 students from universities across the region, including Rowan, Yale, and Harvard, tuned in to the webinar which discussed their personal experiences in bringing their business ideas to life.

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