Innovation Retreats

Retreat, Reflect, and Unlock New Ideas

The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is offering custom-designed Innovation Retreats for teams seeking renewed, creative energy and innovative frameworks to inspire their next big idea. Send the whole company, a business unit, some new hires, or your leadership team to get away from the everyday, engage in curated programming, and enjoy team-time on the beaches of Cape May, NJ.

What's Included

An NJII Innovation Retreat includes the following support services and programming:

Logistics Support

Unparalleled access with a local’s touch

  • Hotel deals and bookings

  • Event planning and scheduling

  • Food and beverage delivery

  • Restaurant recommendations & reservations

Programming Options

Reflection, innovation, startup games, and more

  • Reflection activities

  • Team-building exercises

  • Innovation frameworks and processes

  • Hackathons, mini-pitch competitions, etc.

Full menu of programming options and logistics support available upon request.

How Does It Work?

1. Talk

Share your company’s goals, budget, timeline, and other relevant information with us.

2. Plan

NJII will suggest a schedule, budget, and program based on our preliminary conversations, for your team to review.

3. Refine

Together, your company representative and the NJII team will refine the plan until it meets all your objectives.

4. Enjoy

It’s time to get creative, get away, and get to the beach for a productive and relaxing team getaway.

About the Team

NJII acts as a a catalyst for the commercialization of research, ideas, and technology. The Entrepreneurship Division provides a platform and programming to turn those start-ups into thriving businesses.

Chelsea Samuelson is the director of growth for entrepreneurship at the NJ Innovation Institute, and the lead for Innovation Retreats. A Duke University Public Policy graduate with an MBA from the Asia School of Business in collaboration with MIT Sloan, her professional background is with consumer-facing technology startups and early-stage manufacturing.

Chelsea Samuelson

Director of Growth

Will Lutz is the general manager for entrepreneurship at the NJ Innovation Institute. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, he is a four-time entrepreneur with two exits and a retired US Navy veteran of its nuclear submarine fleet.

Will Lutz 

General Manager, Entrepreneurship

Catherine Tsavalas is the program director for VentureLink, NJII’s incubation department. She previously ran a nationally-ranked accelerator program in Pittsburgh, and has been consulting with early-stage technology startups on marketing and customer development, lean startup methods, and people operations for more than seven years.

Catherine Tsavalas

Program Director

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