Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI) Application

This application is for consideration for the Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI). There are four parts to the application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All answers will be kept confidential and used to determine your candidacy for the program.



Part 1: Contact Information

Home Address

ex. ###-###-####

ex. ###-###-####

Meaning your parents or grandparents did not have a formally registered business

List in the order of proficiency


Part 2: Company Information

Business Address

If yes, please provide the month and year of registration:

How many paid workers do you have?

How many non-paid workers do you have?

What were your total sales (revenue) for:

What were your net profits for

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. For more information you can visit their website at http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics.

Example: Name, Title, Percentage Owned

EPI participants are required to attend training once a month at the Rutgers-Newark campus on alternating Thursdays and Fridays.

Trainings and counseling sessions are held during regular business hours (9am – 5pm).


Part 3

Please answer each of the following questions:

  • What are your current business challenges?
  • What steps are you taking to address these challenges?
  • What are your plans to grow your business (1 year and 3 years)?
  • How do you think EPI will help you achieve your business goals?

Write your responses in a Microsoft Word document and upload the file below.

Please include your name both in the document and in the name of the file


Final Step

Please click the "Submit" button below to complete your application. You will receive an e-mail confirmation sent to the address you entered as your personal e-mail address. Please contact cueedepi@business.rutgers.edu if you have any questions.

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