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LaunchTalks by LaunchNET Kent State, hosted by Lindsay Pizzurro
Help us LAUNCH our brand new PODCAST: LaunchTalks!! 

Listen to the stories of Kent State founders, entrepreneurs, and innovators!  
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Support student businesses at the Spring Pop-up Shop
Come downtown & support your fellow student entrepreneurs!

LaunchNET's Spring Pop-up Shop will take place Friday, April 20th from 5-8pm at Tree City Coffee in downtown Kent. 
Kent State Mini Maker Faire: April 13
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Apply to exhibit before FRIDAY
CREATIVE HUSTLE: Financial speaker panel & workshop
Finance your Hustle! 
Come learn some DOs & DON'Ts about making & taking care of your creative cash this month:
Friday, April 6, 2018: speaker panel
Friday, April 13, 2018: workshop
Sign up now!
LaunchNET Awards & Expo: April 23
Join us as we celebrate another great year at LaunchNET Kent State! 

Our Awards & Expo event will be in the evening, at Ray's Place in downtown Kent!  Come and see what our clients have been building as they exhibit their ventures, meet other friends of LaunchNET, and learn about all we do to support entrepreneurship and innovation in Northeast Ohio. 

LAUNCHNET CLIENTS: Sign up NOW as an exhibitor to reserve your table.
Be a better communicator!
INNOVATION COMMUNICATION: Collaborative Connections
Learn techniques for creating positive, innovative interactions with a variety of audiences.

This workshop is for students, staff, or faculty who want to improve their interpersonal or presentation skills and tap into innovative thinking and interacting.

Wednesday, April 25: 10am-noon
(lunch provided after workshop)
sign up
2018 Entrepreneurship Workshop: International Students
Are you an international student with a great idea for a business, but aren't sure how to set up a business in the United States? 
Join LaunchNET to get free legal advice, receive tips on setting up a successful business and learn about business related resources available to you on campus!

All participants of the workshop will have an opportunity to win $380 toward the OPT fee or other business expenses.
Bring your questions. Bring a pen and notepad. Bring a friend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Multicultural Center (KSC 206)
All the CEO Ladies-April 2018: Be bold, be brave, be your best self!
A panel discussion about the mental and emotional fallout that can happen as a female business owner.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
KSU Women's Resource Center
Williamson House

All the CEO Ladies is a monthly meet-up for female-identifying business owners (or wannabes!) and is a partnership between the Women's Center and LaunchNET Kent State.
grab your spot
Survey about on-campus pop-up shops
The Provost Leadership Academy group is looking at providing the opportunity for students to sell their creations and/or gently used materials to other students on campus.

This survey will help us determine interest in the concept of "Flash Shops."

Thank you for participating; your time and input is greatly appreciated!
take the survey
LaunchNET Clients
Apply for a LaunchNET grant
Please fill out the information to apply for a grant of up to $500 for your venture from LaunchNET Kent state. 

Winners will be announced at the LaunchNET Awards & Expo event on April 23, 2018.
Deadline to Apply is APRIL 18
Paul L. Pfeiffer Faculty Mentor Award
A Kent State faculty member will be recognized with a $1000 Faculty Mentor Award for working with and supporting student innovators and entrepreneurs beyond the classroom. 

Kent State students who are LaunchNET clients can nominate a faculty member for the award by filling out this short form. 
Nominate your faculty mentor now
Paul L. Pfeiffer Student Startup Scholarship
A new endowed scholarship fund has been developed in honor of Paul L. Pfeiffer to support the students of LaunchNET Kent State. The prizes will recognize one innovative Kent State student and one Kent State faculty member each year. 

The $1000 student scholarship will recognize an outstanding, motivated graduate or undergraduate Kent State student who is a regular client of LaunchNET.
details & application
LaunchNET Kent State Helps Nurture Student’s Luxury Pen Business
Kent State University student  & LaunchNET client/student fellow Javon Miller started his business by combining a new hobby with a tool that humans have used for centuries.
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Kent State Graduate Student Produces Cleaner and Healthier Meat
In just a few years the meat you eat on your burger can be healthier for you and cleaner for the environment - thanks to Jess Krieger. 
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Legal questions? There are FREE answers!
Thinking about starting a business with a friend? 
Be sure to find out how to protect yourself!
Sign up to talk with our FREE legal consultant in the LaunchNET office, every Thursday afternoon.
get an appointment
In the News
Remesh Secures $10 Million in Series A Funding Led by General Catalyst
CONGRATULATIONS to LaunchNET client company REMESH for their successful Series A funding round!! 
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State of the Arts: Akron Tech Startup Makes Little Products With Big Possibilities
Feature with LaunchNET board member Ken Burns of Tiny Circuits!
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MVP Plastics president and CEO to speak at Geauga Growth Partnership breakfast on April 13
Darrell L. McNair, president and CEO of MVP Plastics Corp. and previous LaunchNET advisory board member, will be the featured speaker at the Geauga Growth Partnership’s Entrepreneur Success Breakfast on April 13.
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LaunchNET Connections: Opportunities & Good Stuff to Know About
Students from all majors, colleges, and universities will be presenting the BEST IDEAS for a new technology based business, product or service that addresses a significant market need. 

When: April 16, 5:00pm–7:30pm
Where: Compass Coffee–The Well 647 E Market St, Akron, OH 
Akron's Bounce Innovation Hub Open House
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 526 S Main St, Akron
Network with local startups, small businesses, program leaders and supporters of innovation in our region
The audience at our events is made up of members of the local entrepreneurial community that want to help create, nurture and grow the next generation of great companies.
April 18, 2018 at Blu Jazz in Akron
Bringing community together to talk about social issues and come up with innovative solutions, launching new ideas and businesses, and fostering sustainable solutions.
Other interesting stuff
The Youngstown Business Incubator, along with America Makes, and Team NEO,
are developing an infrastructure to provide commercialization services for technologies related to Additive Manufacturing (AM).
Compete with the nation’s most creative and innovative university students while networking with the most influential innovation leaders in the world.
JumpStart Inc. presents The Road Toward Raising Venture Capital
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at MidTown Tech Hive, Cleveland
Join our multi-award winning intern program. Do meaningful career-building work with real startups. Summer, Fall, and Spring terms.

Sharing some great startup resources across the web! 
Marketing to Your First 100 Customers
Getting to your first 100 customers is a dynamic process—and it’s also going to look and feel different than any other stage of your business. Use the three steps below to build a foundation for marketing that won’t just help you win over your first 100 customers, but also the next ten thousand.
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