JANUARY 2023 EDITION
Dr. Eric Liguori honored as Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year
The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) named Dr. Eric Liguori Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year. He was also recognized for five years of service and commitment to entrepreneurship education. USASBE, which advances entrepreneurship education through teaching, scholarship and practice, honored Liguori during the group’s annual conference in Tallahassee. Read the full story here.

Liguori founded Rowan's School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and has helped develop an entrepreneurial culture at Rowan that spans colleges and curricula, from music and the arts to engineering, communication and business. USASBE published an interview with Liguori, which highlights the impact of his work over the years.

USASBE also recognized Dr. Susana Santos, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, with its Award for Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship Scholarship for her deep body of work into entrepreneurship as a means of moving from poverty to prosperity. Santos has been one of the driving forces behind SIE's free, community-based initiative, Accelerate South Jersey, which most recently offered SIE faculty guidance to 14 aspiring Camden, NJ -based businesswomen in a range of new ventures including fashion, food service and community agriculture.

Additionally, Dr. Michael Dominik, Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, successfully presented his approach to building student confidence and comfort in the classroom by facilitating a mock in-class A/B test experiment during one of the conference sessions. Nick Bayer, Founder and CEO of Saxbys, and Melody Wozunk (Management '22) participated in a panel discussion about Saxbys' mission to further education and build leadership skills through their Experiential Learning Platform. Wozunk was the inaugural Student Café Executive Officer of Saxbys Café in Business Hall, which is run entirely by Rowan students.
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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.

Apply HERE by 11:59pm on Monday, February 6th.
New Venture Expo
The New Venture Expo features over 45 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 5th.
AWS University Scouts Program
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (C.E.O.) is excited to announce the AWS University Scouts Program. They are looking for students who are driven and curious about new ideas rooting in the world while starting new businesses. Students will participate in various monthly events, programs and get access to AWS. To apply, click HERE.
UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS
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.
SAVE THE DATE!
John Rondi (Finance '18) returns to Rowan University to host the RCIE Spotlight Speaker Series where he will discuss his journey to launching Johnny Drinks and life as a successful content creator with nearly 3 million followers.
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 contact us.
DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR MEDALLION NOMINATIONS
The deadline to submit nominations for the Ross and Bryd Medallion Awards has been extended to 2/15/23. Students from all majors and at all degree levels are eligible.

The Ross Medallion Award for Entrepreneurial Engagement is given in honor of Dr. Linda Ross who taught at Rowan for 43 years and co-founded its entrepreneurship program, is awarded to the student most engaged in and supportive of Rowan's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ross Medallion Awardees do more than just show up to events or participate in programs; they are entrepreneurial leaders who give back more to Rowan's entrepreneurial ecosystem than they ever hope to receive. Click here to submit your nomination.

The Byrd Medallion Award for Entrepreneurial Engagement is given in honor of Professor Kimble Byrd, a founding member of Rowan's entrepreneurship faculty and prominent member of the business community. The medallion is established through the generosity of Greg Payton, a former student of Professor Byrd's, who notes "Professor Byrd inspired me to think bigger and work harder. He emphasized the importance of service above self, academic achievement, perseverance, and an entrepreneurial mindset." The recipient of this award embodies these very traits that Professor Byrd worked tirelessly to instill in his students: service above self, academic excellence, perseverance and an entrepreneurial mindset. Click here to submit your nomination.
E-NEWS TO KEEP YOU IN THE KNOW
RCB Freshman takes home First Place at GSEA NJ
Congratulations to Harrison Nastasi (Supply Chain & Logistics '26), founder of Bobica Bars, for winning first place in the NJ division of the 2023 Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards. Harrison presented his startup Bobica Bars, a superfood granola bar and won $7,500 in seed funding. Click HERE to read more.
Douglass Hartmann accepted into flightPlan accelerator
Douglas Hartmann (Engineering Entrepreneurship '24) was accepted into the 2023 flightPlan Accelerator program for his company Aeroform, which won First Place in the 2022 Rohrer New Venture Competition. Doug will receive mentorship, attend workshops, work with aviation leaders, and have access to funding through the accelerator program.
ICSB awards SIE faculty
A huge congratulations to Drs. Michael Dominik and Susana Santos who were recognized during the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Mini-Globe Awards. Dr. Dominik received the Global Award for Excellence in High School Education and Dr. Santos the Global Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Support.
RCIE teams up with OpenAI to host Faculty Seminar Series
OpenAI's Natalie Summers joined the RCIE for their Faculty Seminar Series where she gave a live demo of OpenAI's ChatGPT and DALLE and explored recent use cases for each. Drs. Eric Liguori and Doan Winkel (John Carroll University) discussed various ways that instructors can utilize the new and disruptive AI technology as a positive resource inside the classroom.
4Umedicaldesigns earns 2nd Place at GSEA Philadelphia
Congratulations to Nick Nastasi (Management '23) for his second place win at the Philadelphia division of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. He took home $750 in seed funding for his startup, 4U Medical Designs.
Dr. Santos co-publishes new book
Congratulations to Dr. Susana Santos for co-publishing her first academic collection of journals with Dr. Charles H. Matthews titled Annals of Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy. This is its fifth edition and provides insight into the world of entrepreneurship education. Great work Dr. Santos!
Verge Aero creates Philadelphia Eagles performance
After an exciting win from the Philadelphia Eagles, sending them to Super Bowl LVII, Rowan University startup Verge Aero put on an incredible drone light show to celebrate. Images displayed included the Eagles logo, a huge 3D flying eagle, and of course, the "Its A Philly Thing" saying. Click HERE to watch.
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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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