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Mike Rowen '83

The Cause Network
Mike Rowen is a Penn State Engineering alumnus with many entrepreneurial experiences. He is the Spring 2021 Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. Mike started his career as an intrapreneur at Lutron Electronics, operating the Cardinal Group developing custom products for individual customers as a test bed for new product ideas. After receiving his MBA he spent 4 years as a business strategy consultant for Bain & Company, He joined Capital One to lead business development shortly after its IPO, acquiring companies, partnering with others and leading the company’s e-commerce strategy through the early days of e-commerce. He has invested in 9 startups, joins their board and works with management on business strategy. Three were subsequently sold or merged, three are in-process and three failed. He is co-founder of CauseNetwork, a cause commerce business where 85% of its revenue is donated to charity. He holds 18 patents and has served on the board of trustees for 3 charities focused on helping children. Mike will discuss his varied entrepreneurial experiences and answer questions from the students in the following classes.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, March 24

5:00pm EDT