Top prize for Rohrer New Venture Competition expands to $30,000
Funding for Rowan University’s Rohrer New Venture Competition (NVC) expands this year with a top prize of $30,000, the most ever awarded to a Rowan student start-up. Held each April, the NVC encourages entrepreneurial start-ups across the University and awards winners with capital funding to help launch their business. With the additional equity investment from the Rowan Innovation Venture Fund (RIVF), financial support for the winning student company expanded from a $4,000 top prize in 2022.

Dr. Eric Liguori, Founding Head of the School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Ernest Holtzheimer, Managing Director of RIVF, came together to discuss this year's prizes and provide an in-depth overview, found here

“Rowan is keenly interested in supporting early-stage companies and student start-ups,” Liguori said. “The commitment from RIVF is about more than just money, it’s access to a network of sophisticated investors and a boost in legitimacy through the investment from the Fund.” Read the full story here.
Rowan University’s Day of Giving, a 24-hour fundraising sprint, generated over $314,600 from individual gifts, topping last year’s total by nearly $40,000. Thank you and #RowanPROUD!
Rohrer New Venture Competition
RCIE and RIVF are excited to announce that funding for the 2023 Rohrer New Venture Competition (NVC) has been expanded with a top prize of $30,000, the most ever awarded to a Rowan student start-up. With this change, RCIE has decided to reopen applications for companies interested in entering as a "wild card".

Click here to learn more and register by 11:59pm on April 10, 2023.
2023 Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy
Calling all high school juniors and seniors! 

Applications are being accepted for the 7th annual Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy for high school students, a three-day, non-residential, educational experience for rising high school juniors and seniors.

Space is extremely limited. Applications are due by 11:59pm on June 4th, but apply by 11:59pm on May 28th for priority consideration. Register 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.
Don't miss the 2023 New Venture Competition and Expo! Students from across all of Rowan's colleges will showcase their business ideas and compete for seed funding to grow and scale their ventures. It's a day full of innovation and entrepreneurship with an esteemed panel of judges and opportunities to network! To learn more, click here.
Schedule time to meet with EIR Joe Cosgrove
Mr. Cosgrove is on campus every Friday in March and ready to actively engage with and mentor Rowan student entrepreneurs. Appointments are required. Click here to learn more and schedule.
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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.
4U Medical Designs wins over $40k at Values to Ventures Competition
A huge congratulations to Nick Nastasi (Management / Entrepreneurship '23) and Josh Perry (Biomedical Engineering '24) for an exciting month of accomplishments. 4U Medical Designs took home the $40,000 first place prize at Texas Christian University's Values to Ventures Competition and won the $2,500 first place Investor Challenge. 4U was also selected as a finalist for E-Fest and Nastasi was accepted into the Future Founders 2023 Fellowship cohort. We are #RowanPROUD!
RCB alum returns to host RCIE Spotlight Speaker Series
John Rondi (Finance '18) returned to Rowan to share his experience as a successful entrepreneur and content creator for his channel, Johnny Drinks, run by himself and his father and followed by millions across social media platforms. Thank you, John!
Dr. Dominik inducted as Faculty Innovation Fellow
Dr. Michael Dominik was inducted as a Faculty Innovation Fellow at the Stanford University this month. The program is a two-year experience designed to help faculty and staff expand the innovation and entrepreneurship movement at their schools.
Shears opens first location in South Jersey
Julian Doroteo (Entrepreneurship '22) and business partner Lizbeth Carmona opened their first SHEARS location in Bridgeton, NJ. SHEARS is a veteran-owned company with a passion for beauty and confidence that Doroteo started during his time at Rowan. Congrats!
Rowan team heads to Global Scaling Challenge finals
Five interdisciplinary Rowan students, Aatish Gupta (Mechanical Engineering), Shruti Dalwadi (Biomedical Engineering), Luke Hardin (Engineering Entrepreneurship) and Siena Rampulla (Psychology), competed in the Western Hemisphere Regional Qualifier of the Global Scaling Challenge. The team developed ideas to scale the business of a real-world data science/AI technology firm and were one of the top 10 selected to head to the finals in April. Great work and good luck! 
President Houshmand named to Power 101
Rowan University President Ali A. Houshmand joined the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 101 list, a group of leaders the publication said are indelibly shaping the region. Read the full story here.
Art for Hope to compete in statewide competition
Ashley Kulikowski (Psychology ’23), founder of Art for Hope, will compete in the statewide UPitchNJ competition in May and represent Rowan University. She will begin preparing with the help of her assigned mentor from Nokia Bell Labs, who also sponsors and hosts the competition. Best of luck, Ashley!
#PROFspective: A Closer Look At PULLA Tracker
The Rowan University Blog featured Siena Rampulla (Psychology '23), founder of PULLA Tracker. Siena is actively involved in Rowan's entrepreneurial ecosystem and won Best In Show for PULLA Tracker in the 2022 New Venture Expo. Read the full story here.
Dr. Liguori to collaborate with Amazon Small Business Academy
Dr. Eric Liguori, founding head of the School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, is one of eight faculty members from across the U.S. selected to support the development of Amazon's newly launched Amazon Small Business Academy (ASBA). Read the full story here.
Bobica Bars wins NJ leg of international competition
Rowan Today recently featured an interview with Harrison Nastasi (Management / Entrepreneurship '26), founder of Bobica Bars. Read the full Rowan Today story here, and check out another interview with Nastasi published by the Rowan Whit here.
SIE partners with World Learning on social entrepreneurship program
Dr. Eric Liguori and RCIE Assistant Director Jessica Vattima traveled to Baltimore and Los Angeles with the World Learning Organization. There they worked on the U.S. Department of State's Leaders Lead on Demand: Social Entrepreneurs of African Descent program featuring 50+ impact-focused entrepreneurs from across the globe.
Amber Deimler speaks to entrepreneurship class
Amber Deimler, Vice President of Sales of the DCI Group, spoke to an interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship & Innovation class about her entrepreneurship experience at Demountable Concepts, Inc., MyGlassTruck, and DCI Fleet Service. Thank you, Amber!
SIE Faculty creates guide to inspire and motivate students
Professor Greg Payton posted a blog post on inspiring students titled A Guide for Educators to Motivate and Empower. Check it out here.
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

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