On April 22 and 23, 2021, two undergraduate teams from Rowan University’s Scaling New Ventures course participated in the highly-competitive 2021 Global Scaling Challenge sponsored by the University of New Mexico. Seventeen student teams from around the world, including the USA, India, Austria, and the UK, evaluated three real-world technology firms that are tackling biological-based problems facing our 21st century world, such as Build with Robots, BennuBio, and Wildlife Protection Management.

Each student team developed a series of recommendations for how these companies can scale to the next level of growth. Teams created and presented a 10-minute virtual presentation to…


Medallion awards are one of the highest honors Rowan University bestows upon students at graduation. In entrepreneurship two such medallions are offered, one in honor of Professor Kimble Byrd and the other in honor of Dr. Linda Ross, both emeritus entrepreneurship faculty whose leadership and vision brought entrepreneurship as an academic discipline to Rowan. Professor Byrd and Dr. Ross served at Rowan University for more than 40 years, and their legacy continues to inspire students, faculty, and the Rowan community.


Rowan Entrepreneurship Senior, Jerah Siegal, proves to be innovative with his creation of Biodome. Founded in 2018, Biodome’s goal is to reduce energy and water consumption in the agriculture industry and help feed people healthy organic foods. Biodome is a sophisticated adaptation to indoor farming that can bring sourced, organic produce to cities, and cut the carbon footprint of the agriculture industry.

Biodome Founder Jerah Siegal

The idea of Biodome was inspired by a discussion on supply and demand during Jerah’s freshman year economics class, in addition to his interest in environmental science. The idea developed over time with an emphasis on customer discovery…


The COVID-19 pandemic has unquestionably changed the business world, both in the short term but also in some potentially permanent ways. To better understand how entrepreneurs navigate uncertainty in times of crisis, our team at the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship team posed some questions to Dr. Eric Liguori, Professor and Rohrer Chair of Entrepreneurship in Rowan’s William G. Rohrer College of Business. Liguori is the co-author of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Risk and Decisions and has been researching the pandemic’s impact on entrepreneurship and education since the pandemic began.

How have you seen different business ventures adjust business…


Since its inception in May 2018, StartupRU, also known as the Rowan Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RCIE) Summer Accelerator Program, has provided Rowan students with resources needed to further develop their startups. Ventures are awarded non-equity seed funding, receive dedicated private workspace on campus, and are connected with a network of mentors including a dedicated coach, a faculty guide, various webinar leaders, and a team of incredible ‘Startup Gurus’ (seasoned mentors).

The RCIE excited to announce the companies selected for the 2020 StartupRU Accelerator Program, running June 1 through August 15.

2020 StartupRU Accelerator Participants

Konay Spice

Konay signature blends were created to bring the…


In 1971 Gerry Shreiber bought a tiny, bankrupt soft pretzel company consisting of only eight employees and a modest $400,000 in revenue. Since then, he’s built it into J&J Snack Foods, a publicly traded global food and beverage behemoth with a market cap in excess of $3 billion and a portfolio of iconic brands including ICEE, SUPERPRETZEL, LUIGI’S, and Minute Maid. J&J’s record is impressive: 48 straight years of growth, 48 straight years of profit, and 48 straight years without a single quarter of loss.

Last evening Shreiber sat down for an intimate meet and greet and dinner with twenty…


Benjamin Taylor and Nicole Testa of Tangible 3D Solutions win first place in the 2019 Idea Challenge.

Mechanical Engineering studios designed a remote control car using Studio 231’s 3D printers.

Carla Silvestri is a Senior Mechanical Engineering major at Rowan University. She was given a class assignment to design and create a remote control car. Carla and her team decided to design their car to resemble Lightning McQueen, a fictional character from Disney’s Cars. They began researching the best way build such an elaborate project and found Studio 231 located in Business Hall 231 on Rowan’s Glassboro Campus. …


Over 120 Rowan students gathered to hear from Hoyt Jones, President of Jersey Mike’s, at the RCIE Spotlight Speaker Series. Jones spoke about his journey to becoming President of the #1 fastest growing sandwich chain in the country and some lessons he learned along the way.

Hoyt, a South Jersey native, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Ursinus College and his Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University. …


Meet the team behind the machines! Studio 231 works hand-in-hand with the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE) to provide resources to Rowan students, faculty, and staff to grow their ideas into profitable, scalable, and sustainable businesses. The Studio serves as a central hub for ideation, prototyping, and 3D printing.

Andrew Bunoza, Peter Wilenta, and Christopher Burton (L-R)

Meet Andrew Bunoza, Studio 231’s Lab Supervisor and Grad Student. Andrew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently working towards his Master’s Degree in Engineering Management. He has worked with Studio 231 and the RCIE since Summer 2018.

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