The Newark Business Hub program, officially introduced last week is a step in a new direction for Rutgers-Newark and for Newark-based entrepreneurs. The brainchild of Femworks CEO Kimberlee Williams, Newark Business Hub (originally Newark Arts & Media Hub) is designed to give Newark and Greater Newark-based creative entrepreneurs access an resources not usually afforded to them by way of Rutgers Business School’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, lead by Lyneir Richardson, former CEO of Brick City Development Corporation.
Across various industries and disciplines – particularly at the grassroots and small business levels – access to advanced technologies, collaboration, a far-reaching network, and institutional backing have long been areas where Newark has been stagnant. The Newark Business Hub seeks to help fill that void moving forward. Future expectations are to host the Newark Business Hub in the soon-to-be renovated Hahne building in early 2017 where the fuller vision will be realized with state-of-the-art equipment and the gamut of Rutgers’ resources made available to program participants and fellows.
The first class of fellows will be made up of up to 20 entrepreneurs who will be accepted into the program after completing a written application, due December 18, 2015. Interested entrepreneurs are also invited to attend the Newark Business Hub Live Sessionat The Gateway Project this Thursday, December 3rd at 4pm.