RCIE Welcomes Students Back with Second Annual Fall Fest!
The RCIE hosted the 2nd annual Fall Fest on Monday, September 13th from 3-6:30pm on the Business Lawn to welcome students back to campus and kick-off the new semester.

The fun event, which was free to students with their Rowan ID, was a way to celebrate and build excitement for the new year. Jessica Vattima, the Outreach & Events Associate for the RCIE and organizer of the event said, "After Covid I think everyone needs a reason to come out and celebrate. It's also another way to welcome all our student body back to campus and to have students learn more about us, the RCIE, and what we do for them".

The Fall Fest brought a crowd of nearly 500 students from all across campus. Festival goers had the opportunity to win RCIE swag, ride a mechanical bull, play corn hole and pong, or visit the various tables set up around the lawn. Funnel cake and fried Oreos were provided by Aunt Martha's Funnel Cake and were a hit with students. Live music was provided by The Woodland Ave. Band.

Between the great food, music and games the 2021 Fall Fest was a great event that brought students, faculty and staff together. Read more about the event here.

The RCIE would like to thank all attendees and vendors who helped make the Fall Fest happen. We are already looking forward to next year!
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.
Project Nest is an annual case competition hosted by InvestMed, a student organization at RowanSOM. The event is open to students enrolled in any of the following programs: RowanSOM, Cooper Medical School, Rowan's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, or the Rohrer College of Business.

The goal of the event is for students to showcase their entrepreneurial skills by designing and presenting a novel project that fills a need in medicine, access, or wellness within the Rowan community.

The competition will take please on November 8th 2021 and the submission deadline is November 1st by 11:59pm. Click here for more details or to apply today.
The RCIE and Rowan Innovation Venture Fund are excited to partner on the 2021 Idea Challenge. Enter for a chance to win seed funding and move your idea forward. The Idea Challenge encourages students from across all Rowan colleges to enter and provides a unique format to ensure that the idea has the needed resources to become a real business. Click here to view the application, more details, and details for the information sessions. Initial idea applications at due by 11:59pm on November 5th.
Let's Chat!
Want to discuss upcoming competitions, seed funding and scholarship opportunities, get pitch feedback, mentorship possibilities, or how the RCIE can help advance your business idea, startup, or entrepreneurial goals? Click here to schedule a meeting.
RCIE Wins Global Impact Award
The RCIE received the Entrepreneurship Center Global Impact Award from the International Council for Small Business. Dr. Eric Liguori, the Rohrer Chair of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the RCIE, said the award is important because it recognizes Rowan's embrace of entrepreneurship well beyond the College of Business. Rowan is the first college or university to receive the award. Read the full article here.
Grand Opening of Student Run Saxbys Café
On September 21st Rowan President Ali Houshmand, Rohrer College of Business' Dean Susan Lehrman, Saxbys Founder & CEO Nick Bayer, Student Café Executive Officer Melody Wozunk and the Rowan student staff held a grand opening celebration of Saxbys Café located in the Business Hall lobby. The café will run via The Saxbys Experiential Learning Program in which an undergraduate student each semester serves as Student Café Executive Officer.
Meet Michelle Martinez, Rowan MBA Fellow
Rowan Blog recently featured Michelle Martinez, a Rowan Global student pursuing her master's degree in business administration. As an MBA Fellow, Michelle will leverage her professional experience to normalize financial literacy and advocate for greater diversity and inclusion in the financial industry. Read more about Michelle, her experience as an MBA Fellow thus far and what responsible leadership means to her here.
John Walsh Visits Rowan University
John Walsh, Founder & CEO of Endera, visited campus this month for a networking event. Endera is an technology company specializing in electric commercial vehicles, charging stations, and software solutions. John emphasized building a great culture, the importance of passion and focus, and to always underpromise and overdeliver. Thanks for joining us, John.
Rowan Ranked #57 for Most Innovative Schools
U.S News & World Report, arguably the most-watched ranking organization in America, ranked Rowan University #57 for the most innovative school category. This was one of the many recognitions received for Rowan. Read the full list here.
Student Perceptions of the Entrepreneurial Mindset
The focus of the KEEN Rising Star Award was to learn more about student perceptions of their entrepreneurial mindset development due to their participation in curricular and co-curricular activities at Rowan. As part of the project, 19 undergraduate students were interviewed and asked questions regarding the entrepreneurial mindset. Read more about the project, and its outcomes and conclusion 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 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
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