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LaunchNET office moves to Design Innovation Hub
 LaunchNET Kent State is excited to start the Fall semester with an office relocation to the new Design Innovation Hub! 
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Client Profile: Angelique Wong & Stay Stylin'
In honor of Black Business Month, we are shining a light on some of our AMAZING LaunchNET clients!

Check out the Stay Stylin' website!
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Kent State Emergency Grant Fund Helps Students With Basic Needs | Kent State University
If you are having trouble, be sure to reach out! There are resources to help! 

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Economic Data and Entrepreneurship: Sep 12, 2020
We are so lucky to have access to smart people like our friend Karen MacDonald, who is the KSU Business & Entrepreneurship Librarian! 

If you're wondering how to get lots of great information about the possibilities in your market, you should take advantage of this webinar.
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Student Gender Identity and Pronouns on Handshake - Handshake Blog

How Handshake is helping students express their gender identity and pronouns authentically on our platform.

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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
Applications due August 31, 2020
The Business Accelerator™ discovers, accelerates and invests in social entrepreneurs and businesses to improve health equity through innovative solutions.
The JOANN Minority Creative Grant program will commit $100,000 to Black entrepreneurs, small businesses, and charitable efforts to continue creating, inspiring and finding their Happy Place.

GEM’s Inclusion In Innovation Initiative (I4), is a cooperative partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a national diversity and inclusion infrastructure for the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program. 

This program supports academic researchers in launching successful tech startups through entrepreneurial training providing them with critical skills for translating their research discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
7:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Innovation is not just about creating new technology. It’s about flipping your mindset, sparking new ways of doing things, and taking risks. Once a way for organizations to set themselves apart, innovation is now a necessary survival skill for organizations.

Interested in attending? Let your LaunchNET advisor know! 
The E-Team program supports multidisciplinary student-led teams who are aiming to bring their innovation out of the lab and into the market.
September 8-10, 2020
midwest.tech/connect is a 3-day virtual summit connecting Midwest startups, founders, VCs and angel investors through 1-on-1 / speed dating meetings
The KSU Office of Global Ed passed along this unique opportunity for teams who have a new innovative idea or have been working on one! 

The 6th China International College Students’ “Internet +” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition is now open to registration. We sincerely invite young people who are passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship around the globe to join us in this event where creativity converges, aspirations emerge, and cooperative awareness develops.
Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). 
The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate.
Useful Info for your Biz
DEADLINE: midnight (EST), 28 August 2020

The Courier Fresh Fund is offering $5000 grants to Black founders in the US and UK, aged 25 and under, who have a business idea they want to get off the ground.

Virtual Team Tools Working from home has become the new norm amid the rise of Covid-19. With the inability to collaborate with your teams in person, virtual tools are essential in order to maintain the same levels of efficiency and productivity. Since it can be overwhelming to organize a team virtually, we compiled a list […]

Human-Centered Design is a 5-module course that introduces how to use the design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social impact challenges.

SBA’s Lender Match is an additional resource for pandemic-affected small businesses who have not applied for or received an approved PPP loan to connect with lenders.  The forgivable PPP loan is emergency relief assistance aimed at sustaining businesses and keeping employees on payroll. 

Startup founders: Here's why you should improve writing skills and practical advice for how to become a better writer.

Be healthy. Be better.

We are processing an inordinate amount of stress, loss, and grief over a sustained period of time. Psychologists and experts explain what this does to our brains.

Even though we must keep ourselves physically separate for the moment, it’s never been more obvious how interconnected we all are.In this episode, I talk with Sebene Selassie, a medi

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6 Freelancing Lessons From a Full-Time Freelancer - Kat Boogaard

I've spent six years as a full-time freelance writer. Here are six freelancing lessons I've learned along the way.

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