Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI)


Helping Growth-Stage Businesses Succeed

Designed exclusively for first-generation entrepreneurs, EPI is a highly competitive nine-month program that can serve as a single source to support the growth of your business. The program offers a powerful blend of monthly classes, intensive training, one-on-one counseling, financial guidance, peer coaching and networking — all at a nominal cost.

Are you ready to invest the time to develop a detailed strategic growth plan and the technical, operational and management skills you need to execute it? Along with like-minded entrepreneurs, you’ll learn how to generate growth, build your brand, accelerate strategic alliances, focus your finances, and much more. Upon graduation, you’ll join a growing EPI Alumni Association (nearly 100 strong) that meets regularly for networking and continuing education.



Applications for the 6th EPI class are closed.  You may complete the online application for consideration for the 7th EPI class which starts April 2015. 

Upcoming EPI information sessions:

Tuesday, March 18 at 6:00pm (Newark)
Monday, March 24 at 6:00pm (New Brunswick)


Information sessions locations

 Newark: Rutgers Business School, 1 Washington Park, Newark, NJ 07102

 New Brunswick: Rutgers Business School, 100 Rockafeller Road (Livingston Campus), Piscataway, NJ 08854


RSVP for an information session today:

Email your complete contact information (name, business name, and phone number) and choice of date to cueedepi@business.rutgers.edu, or call 973-353-5987.


Directory of CUEED Assisted Businesses

View a directory of businesses that have been assisted by The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.


EPI is funded by generous grants made by the following corporations:

EPI is developed and managed by The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED). Program partners include Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, The Degania Group, and The Growth Group.


EPI is the winner of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s (USASBE) Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education Innovation Award 2014.