Multicultural Day of Innovation celebrates diversity within entrepreneurship

Biomedical engineering juniors Resty Mercado, Joshua de Guzman, Marissa Pestritto, and senior Erica Tran, Rowan University's 2024 University Innovation Fellows (UIF), are on a mission to enhance student life through innovation. The fellows organized a Multicultural Day of Innovation after recognizing the need to bridge awareness of entrepreneurship offerings to multicultural groups on campus.

Multicultural organization leaders, student startup founders, and community entrepreneurs came together for a day of interactive workshops and discussions. Together, they explored problem-solving and design thinking strategies tailored to their own entrepreneurial journeys.

“You can have this mindset, any place, any major you’re in, any culture. And innovation and driving entrepreneurial mindsets, it’s available to everyone, you just have to have an outlet to where you can kind of take advantage of it,” said Tran.

Next month, the fellows will continue their journey and travel to the University of Twente in The Netherlands. There, they will network and collaborate with other UIFs from around the globe.


Anthony Magaraci '06, a member of Rowan's inaugural entrepreneurship graduating class, went on to become founder and CEO of major companies in the packaging supply chain industry, including Trinity Packaging Supply and SupplyStream. Read his insights on entrepreneurship here and check out his exclusive interview below.


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.

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2024 Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy

Applications are open for Rowan's 8th annual Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy for high school students.

Students will learn how to conceive, develop, prototype, and sell their ideas, all while earning three college course credits. Check out how our high schoolers learn to think like an entrepreneur, here. Thanks to the generous support of the TD Charitable Foundation, participation in the academy is free of charge!

Applications are due by 11:59pm on June 2nd, but apply by 11:59pm on May 24th for priority consideration. Apply here.


Spotlight Speaker Series highlights innovations in the food industry

The RCIE's spring Spotlight Speaker Series event highlighted food innovation entrepreneurs David Meskhi (Yummy Bazaar), John Makovic (Adelina Sales), and Janis Grover (Grover Global Food Marketing). The panel discussed industry shifts, startup challenges, partnership building, and global market strategies.

New CUGS alert!

This semester, the School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship launched the Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) in Creative Industries Entrepreneurship, designed to blend creative passions with entrepreneurial skills. Discover how current students are embracing this program and utilizing its resources to enhance their creative pursuits here.

Entrepreneurship alum launches eBook

Anjeliah Chiodo (Entrepreneurship '23) has just launched her debut eBook, "How to Get Paid Brand Deals". It's the ultimate guide to monetizing your social media presence. Inspired by her own journey, she discovered the art of personal branding and is now empowering others to do the same. Check it out here.

Student startup 'Bobica Bars' featured on NY Wire and CEO Weekly

This month, CEO Weekly and the New York Wire featured stories about Bobica Bars, co-founded by sophomores Harrison Nastasi and Justin Iannelli.

Creatives 230 hosts inaugural Creatives Fest

Creatives 230 hosted their first-ever Creatives Fest, bringing together students from different majors to celebrate creativity and entrepreneurship. The event featured a range of activities and interactive workshops, including a teamwork exercise, an alumni panel, and an exclusive conversation with the voice behind Rowan Barstool.

Student-founded social productivity app hits the App Store

Congratulations to Aiden Tahmazian (Mechanical Engineering '26), co-founder of Circlez. This month, his social productivity app, designed to help young adults achieve their goals, officially launched on the App Store. Download today!

Students learn through game play at the Venture Valley Collegiate Cup

Thanks to the Singleton Foundation, Rowan students explored entrepreneurship and financial literacy through interactive gameplay in the Venture Valley Collegiate Cup. Participants competed for a piece of the $3,000 prize pool while enhancing their skills.

Rampulla represents Rowan at National Conference

Siena Rampulla (Psychology '23, MBA '25) proudly represented Rowan University at the WBENC National Conference in Denver, Colorado. Amongst female entrepreneurs from across the nation, Rampulla engaged in workshops focusing on pitching to diverse networks, professionalism, and the collective power of women. 

Zoe Strauss hosts Making a Maker

Renowned American photographer Zoe Strauss delivered an inspiring artist talk as part of RCIE's Making a Maker series, captivating students with her insights and experiences. Strauss' work has been featured at the Whitney Biennial, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Entrepreneurship at Rowan Podcast now available on Youtube

The Entrepreneurship at Rowan podcast is streaming on all podcast platforms and is now available on YouTube. Tune in on the go and be inspired by the stories of Rowan alumni and current student entrepreneurs. 

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