Harnessing brain power (access required)

The five-year-old STEM Scholars Program is a public-private partnership between the Research and Development Council of New Jersey, the governor’s office, the state Department of Education, the office of the Secretary of Higher Education and private industries with the goal of identifying and retaining top talent in science, technology, engineering or mathematics among students in 10th grade to doctoral levels.

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Seeking opportunities (access required)

Michael Anderson and Gailyn Rawls founded MPAC Solutions as a mid-point for businesses to raise funds, focusing on communities underserved by venture capital. Now they are trying to raise $200 million to invest in federal Opportunity Zones, the centerpiece of an ambitious plan to participate in Newark's redevelopment.

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‘You finding you’

“The gift of the program is experiential learning with business executives," Michael Reuter, director of the Buccino Center and a professor of business at Seton Hall said. "They are in their first year pushed to their limits. You are not here just to take stuff into your head and throw it out. This is about you finding you and pushing yourself to see the world differently.”

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