The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

From Rutgers to Founders entrepreneurship panel shares experience and insights

Date: 
Monday, April 14, 2014
Location: 
Newark, NJ

On March 27, 2014 Scarlet Startups, a Meet-up focused on the entrepreneurial alumni and student community of Rutgers University, in partnership with Collective Entrepreneurs Organiztion, a Rutgers student organization focused on entrepreneurship, hosted a panel discussion entitled “From Rutgers to Founders”. 

Held at Rutgers Business School in Newark New Jersey, two Rutgers entrepreneur alumni discussed “their work, their experience as entrepreneurs, and how they got to where they are." They were joined by a third panelist representing the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA), a quasi-government agency that provides financial assistant to New Jersey small businesses.

Moderator Alfred Blake, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs at Rutgers Business School, interweaved the entrepreneur discussion with information about financial resources for startups provided by the NJEDA panel representative.

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TAGS: Entrepreneurship LaToya Battle-Brown The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Undergraduate Newark

New Jersey Business Education Summit connects leaders of higher education and industry to benefit students and economy

Friday, March 14, 2014

The 2nd Annual New Jersey Business Education Summit, Friday, March 14, brought together leaders of higher education in business to discuss how to collaborate and further strengthen business education in the State of New Jersey.  Hosted by Rutgers Business School, over 100 educators and administrators listened to lively panel discussions, shared experiences and ideas, and asked questions.

TAGS: Marty Markowitz Rutgers Business School The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Undergraduate New Brunswick

Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Proud to Be Inaugural #LearnToEarn Host

Date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Location: 
Newark, NJ

“That was an amazing presentation! The feedback we received was very positive.” – Jasmine Cordero, Managing Director of the Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI) part of Rutgers’ Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development – (CUEED) located in Rutgers Business School in 1 Washington Park Newark, Newark, New Jersey.

Mr. Sandeep “Sunny” Kancherla’s live address, at the NJSDBC Small Business Blended Learning event, was met with the kind of fervor synonymous with a real leader in the digital and online business space, but this was only in attest to the resounding success of the overall event.

The first Small Business Blended Learning event was fittingly held at Rutgers Business School, featuring the staunch support of local industry heavyweights like BusinessLearningTree.com, but it was the (NJSBDC) New Jersey Small Business Development Center’s Sandeep Kancherla, affectionately known as “Sunny” to his most diligent of students and partners, who lit up the scene and really touched local entrepreneurs where it matters most.

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TAGS: Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative Management and Global Business The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Audible founder and CEO Donald Katz helping draw technology and other growth-minded industries to Newark

Date: 
Monday, February 10, 2014
Location: 
Newark, NJ

Audible founder and CEO Donald Katz has been named chairman of Brick City Development Corp., the Newark economic development agency said Monday.

Katz, who moved the online audio book provider to the city in 2007, replaces former Newark Deputy Mayor Adam Zipkin after serving three years as a BCDC board member, the agency said in a news release. In his new role, Katz is expected to help the BCDC focus on drawing the technology sector and other growth-minded industries.

Katz's move to the new role comes as Lyneir Richardson, BCDC's chief executive, prepares to leave next month to lead the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at the nearby Rutgers Business School. In a prepared statement, Richardson said Katz "has the vision to engage the city's future leadership and to shepherd BCDC into Newark's next era."

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CEO Lyneir Richardson leaving Brick City Development Corporation to lead The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Brick City Development Corp. CEO Lyneir Richardson has spent the past four years advocating for urban revitalization in Newark. He plans to do the same thing at his next job, except from a broader vantage point.

Richardson will now lead the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School. He starts his new role March 3.

TAGS: Newark The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Business owner with ties to The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development scores with sale to Super Bowl Host Committee

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

When the Super Bowl host committee reached out to local business owner, Kim Osterhoudt, founder and CEO of Jams by Kim, they requested a sample of her jam and then selected the blueberry and lemon jam to place in gift bags for all of the NFL owners during the Super Bowl.

TAGS: Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative Rutgers Business School The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Rutgers Business School creates $3M entrepreneurship chair

Date: 
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Location: 
Somerset, NJ

Newark Rutgers Business School Dean Glenn Shafer announced Thursday the creation of a $3 million George F. Farris Chair of Entrepreneurship, a new faculty position that will enhance the school's efforts to provide entrepreneurial studies to future students.

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Rutgers Business School strengthens focus on entrepreneurs with $3 million George Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Rutgers Business School Dean Glenn Shafer announced the creation of the $3 million George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship, an endowed faculty position that will enhance the school’s efforts to provide a premier program of study to new generations of entrepreneurs.

TAGS: Entrepreneurship George Farris Glenn Shafer Newark The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative recognized for education innovation

Monday, January 20, 2014

Rutgers Business School’s Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative received a special recognition award for education innovation during the annual conference of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

TAGS: Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative Newark The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

CEO Lyneir Richardson leaving Brick City Development Corp. to lead the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School

Date: 
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Location: 
Newark, NJ

Brick City Development Corp. CEO Lyneir Richardson has spent the past four years advocating for urban revitalization in Newark. He plans to do the same thing at his next job, except from a broader vantage point.

Richardson will now lead the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School, also based in Newark. He starts his new role March 3.

"It's four blocks away," said Richardson, who moved to Newark from Chicago when taking reins at BCDC. "I'm not leaving the city or leaving the work. I'm taking a different seat at the table."

Richardson said the next phase of Newark's economic development requires more focus on strengthening neighborhoods by better connecting residents to local resources. Rutgers-Newark is the right place to do that, said Richardson, who noted that Chancellor Nancy Cantor has stressed the role of universities as anchors of communities.

The entrepreneurship center pushes urban revitalization by combining academic research with boots-on-the-ground private capital and resources from the public and nonprofit sectors.

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RADIUS Magazine Debuts

Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Location: 
Newark, NJ

"A decade ago, only the most intrepid of travelers embraced the city and everything it had to offer," recalls RADIUS publisher Paul Profeta. "Now, people all over the region are taking ownership of Newark as 'their city.' I cannot begin to express how pleased I am to see how attitudes have turned around. RADIUS will only accelerate that process."

Profeta is a longtime business leader in Newark, and a member of the Rutgers Business School's Board of Advisers. He is also the founder of the Profeta Urban Investment Foundation, which partnered with Rutgers Business School to launch or expand minority-owned businesses in Newark. Over the past few years, Profeta has both supported and spearheaded innovative business development initiatives in the city, creating powerful connections that led to the genesis of RADIUS.

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Excitement and Potential Pitfalls of Entrepreneurship

Date: 
Friday, October 18, 2013
Location: 
Woodland Park, NJ

Two groups of Rutgers Business School students have learned both the excitement and potential pitfalls of entrepreneurship while designing products they believe could find a niche in their respective markets.

The ideas, Zurge+, a touch-screen kiosk that would dispense a small portable cellphone charger for a fee, and CampusBord, a mobile app that condenses news and information on college-related events and activities into one place, will be promoted by Rutgers Business School as part of its FundSPARC initiative.

Through that initiative, supported by the business school's Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, the groups paired up with business professor Brett Gilbert, Department of Management and Global Business who mentored them through "crowdfunding" campaigns.

Gilbert, who teaches classes on innovation and creativity in entrepreneurship, said after she recognized the potential of the two ideas, crowdfunding through the website RocketHub.com seemed like a way to get the ideas off the ground.

"I thought the CampusBord concept was something anyone who lives or works on a college campus could relate to – if you've ever seen a bulletin board on campus, you know they can get messy really quickly," Gilbert said. "As for Zurge+, we've all been out and about and suddenly we see that our phone is out of battery. Their idea would allow you to simply walk up to a kiosk and keep going.”

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Students fundraise for website to help university community connect

Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Location: 
New Brunswick, N.J.

Campuses nationwide are cluttered with bulletin boards, but some think it is time to make outdated technology a thing of the past.

Three Rutgers Business School students are creating a website, CampusBord, to update students on campus happenings. They are currently relying on crowd funding to get the project off the ground.

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Student entrepreneurs launch crowd-funding campaigns to finance development of their innovations

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

An initiative called FundSPARC gives students a taste of what it's like to raise the money necessary to turn an idea into a prospective business venture. Two groups of students are using RocketHub, an online crowdfunding platform, to move their ambitious plans forward.

TAGS: Entrepreneurship Fundraising The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Undergraduate Newark

Rutgers, NJIT seek "SPARC" of collaboration between inventors, entrepreneurs

Date: 
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Location: 
Newark, NJ

The personal ad might have read: “Inventors of innovative, marketable technology seek entrepreneurs. Experience with research grant writing a plus.”

In hopes of helping researchers find business partners who want to build a company around their technology, Rutgers Business School teamed up with the New Jersey Institute of Technology to host the first TechSPARC showcase last week.

The name stands for technology, students, partners, resources and community — all of which organizer Brett Gilbert says play a crucial role in bringing more collaboration to Newark.

“We have a lot of technology available for companies to take and build businesses around,” said Gilbert, a Rutgers professor of management and global business, “but that doesn’t happen because nobody knows about them.”

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TechSPARC event aims to showcase promising new technologies, ignite potential partnerships

Monday, July 22, 2013

Rutgers Business School is providing a catalyst in the early efforts to create a hub of high tech business in Newark.

An event called TechSPARC will bring together inventors, investors, entrepreneurs and small business people in hopes of inspiring collaborations, encouraging licensing agreements, creating start-up companies and, ultimately, producing new jobs.

TAGS: Brett Gilbert Innovation Tech-Startups Technology The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Kid entrepreneurs set up stands across New Jersey on Lemonade Day

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TAGS: Corporate Partners Entrepreneurship Small Business Social Entrepreneurship The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Jeffrey Robinson, assistant professor of management, quoted by Star-Ledger on hiring practices of small businesses

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Jeffrey Robinson, an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, was quoted by The Star-Ledger in an article about hiring practices of small business owners. The practices were captured in a poll conducted by Wells Fargo/Gallop Small Business Index report.

In the article, Robinson said business owners who fear their companies will fail before the economy improves can take a few steps to ease the pain.

TAGS: Entrepreneurship Jeffrey Robinson The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Thought Leadership

Program for first generation entrepreneurs puts Rutgers Business School in national spotlight

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative, a cornerstone of Rutgers Business School’s efforts to nurture and promote entrepreneurs, was recently selected as a finalist in a national competition sponsored by the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

TAGS: Awards Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

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