University Economic Development Association


The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED)

Award Category: Innovation+Talent
Project Site: The Center for Urban for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED), Rutgers University
Submitted By: Rutgers University
Contact: Jasmine Cordero, 973.353.5987

Case Study

The Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI) provides first generation entrepreneurs with intensive training, individual business and financial counseling, peer counseling, networking opportunities, and mentoring over a nine-month period to help them have profitable and sustainable businesses. EPI assists the entrepreneurs with developing a strategic plan to grow their businesses. At the completion of the nine months, participants have a plan to grow their business over the next three years that they can immediately start to implement. EPI was developed and is managed by The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick. This initiative of CUEED is a collaboration with partners from non-profit, for-profit, corporate, and community-based organizations.

Finalist Presentation

UEDA Awards of Excellence Finalists presented at the Annual Summit in Milwaukee on October 22 and 23, 2018. Summit attendees then voted for the best initiative in each category.