“I never thought I would find an opportunity to do what I love every day right here in Camden. As a Camden student, I am so fortunate to be a part of a wonderful team of creative people, who loves giving back to our community. That to me is the biggest reason why I joined Penji” said Cakir.
Penji Co-Founders and Rutgers Camden alums Khai Tran and Johnathan Grzybowski shared the importance of building a community conscious business. Tran, also CEO of Waterfront Ventures, an economic development organization bringing startups and businesses to Camden, said, “Hiring in and from Camden is a top priority for us. We believe one of the best ways to revitalize the city is to keep talent in the city.” Grzybowski adds, “providing opportunities for Camden residents and students was a natural step in retaining the talent, both to grow our business and shape Camden’s future”.
Since starting in April of 2017, Penji has brought on Animation Director Steven Nguyen, Graphic Designer Anesis Kim, both current Rutgers Camden students, and Lead Designer Liam Ely of Camden County College. The startup pledges to hire 100+ Camden students for roles including designers, project managers, and marketing assistants to support the fast-growing company.
Please see photos of Penji's New Hires and College Students: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1IPJJqgK4mNq_La_3sQZblESsZWKeryFa?usp=sharing