Rowan University Student Named New Jersey's Top Student Entrepreneur by EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Harrison Nastasi, Founder of Bobica Bars – the World's First Superfood-Glazed Granola Bars – Will Represent New Jersey at the GSEA National Competition
By: The S3 Agency
GSEA Winners Harrison Nastasi and Sanya Majmudar
GSEA Winners Harrison Nastasi and Sanya Majmudar
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jan. 31, 2023 - PRLog -- On January 27, 2023, the New Jersey Chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EONJ) hosted the local level of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), supported by event sponsor Withum. GSEA is the annual global competition featured in the recent Disney+ documentary, Own the Room. Six finalist student entrepreneurs competed for the chance to win $7,500, as well as business mentoring and other resources from EONJ members. This year's winner: Harrison Nastasi, founder of Bobica Bars. The Rowan University freshman created the world's first superfood-glazed granola bars to provide a healthy grab-and-go snack that is high in nutritional benefits while being gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. Nastasi will represent the Garden State at the North America GSEA competition – and if successful there, will compete in the Global Competition against young entrepreneurs from around the world.

The runner-up was Sanya Majmudar, an NJIT sophomore who founded Medical Wonders, a non-profit dedicated to educating and advising healthcare students around the globe about medical procedures, careers, discoveries and devices. The young entrepreneur started Medical Wonders while in high school and currently manages more than 300 volunteers worldwide. Majmudar received a monetary prize of $500. Additionally, all six finalists will receive access to EONJ events, where they can learn valuable business lessons and network with some of the state's top entrepreneurs.

"Being a part of the GSEA and coming in first means the world to me," said Nastasi. "I met so many like-minded entrepreneurs. This competition has been an amazing experience so far, and I can't wait to see how far I'll go!"

GSEA is the premier awards program for students who own or operate a business while attending college/university. Unlike pitch competitions, GSEA focuses on identifying students who exhibit the tenacious spirit of the entrepreneur. The judges – a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders, and angel investors – used a rubric to help determine which student has shown the strongest capacity to navigate the chaos of starting a business and the deepest drive to succeed, all while completing a degree.

The additional student entrepreneur finalists who competed in the GSEA NJ competition were:
  • Nicoletta Ciccia (Centenary University) – founder of Nic's Wicks, custom-made soy wax candles with inclusions of dried herbs, flowers, crystals, and stones
  • Diana Rosado (Stevens Institute of Technology) – founder of Imagication (, a company dedicated to expanding access to college tours through virtual, animated technology
  • Alex Simeon (Rutgers University) – founder of MoneyUP (, a fin-tech app to help college students and Gen Z take control of their financial future
  • Bryant Truong (Stevens Institute of Technology) – founder of Errant LLC, an e-commerce business that sells hard-to-obtain products

"This year's GSEA competition was so impressive – each of the six finalists inspired the room as they presented their businesses and growth goals," said Larry Prager, EONJ's chair for GSEA. "It is difficult to be an entrepreneur. It is difficult to be a college student. To do both things at the same time is remarkable. I have no doubt that these contestants will all be successful entrepreneurs – and that the competition will assist them in achieving their goals, thanks to the tools, mentoring, and networking that GSEA provides."

Withum, a leading advisory and public accounting firm, served as the lead Event Sponsor for this year's GSEA NJ competition. "Withum is a longstanding supporter of entrepreneurs and the next generation of business leaders," said Fatema Raza, Partner at Withum and GSEA judge. "By giving back, we champion the leaders of tomorrow, help them create opportunities, and sustain our thriving local business community."

Additional sponsors included: Eastman Companies (commercial real estate), The S3 Agency (advertising agency), Dietitian Boss (business coach for dietitians), Myers Wollin (intellectual property attorneys), Strategic Exit Advisors (investment bank for entrepreneurs), and Haefele Flanagan (certified public accountants and advisors).

Local GSEA competitions are currently underway around the world. To learn more about the New Jersey GSEA or the NJ Chapter of EO, please visit or contact Larry Prager ( To learn more about EONJ, please visit

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