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Join us for Fire it Up Friday with Jada from INDI Media!

FRIDAY September 21, noon-1:30
in the LaunchNET office
*Lunch provided*
Meet other LaunchNET clients!
Not ready for a full-on advising meeting? Come chat with other Kent State entrepreneurs & LaunchNET advisors on Tuesdays! Plus snacks!

Every Tuesday from 2-4pm

Walk-ins & new friends welcome: no appointment or RSVP needed. 
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Fall Internship, Co-op & Career Fair: Wed 9/26
Don't miss this opportunity to meet and network with representatives from a wide variety of organizations seeking interns and candidates for immediate and future openings. ALL majors are encouraged to attend.

LaunchNET will have a table so you can practice your pitch to help you engage potential employers!
More info
Business After Hours | University Libraries
Learn how to benefit your business with the help of Kent State University Libraries’ makerspace. Join us for a tour of the SPARK Innovation Studio for creative demonstrations on how to make prototypes of window decals, t-shirts, engraved wood items, personalized coffee mugs and more!
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Discover. Develop. Disrupt. | Kent State Student Media
Join us to learn about innovation and ideas from NE Ohio leaders in business, media and entrepreneurship. We'll discuss what innovation means and how to integrate it into everything we do.

After the discussion, there will be food and then an pitch-building workshop with the goal of leaving with ideas you can use for the Student Media Innovation Pitch Contest. All are welcome.

Register for the Kickoff event
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September 29: Visit LaunchNET at the Kent Creativity Festival
The annual Kent Creativity Festival provides an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to come together to create, share and explore the creation of all forms of art. On the Esplanade between Rockwell & downtown. 

This year, LaunchNET is collaborating with the KSU Theatre department for “Puppets and Pitches”:

Better living through Puppetry.  Come create hand puppets and then learn how to use your new friend to pitch yourself or your greatest idea. With the power of  creativity and crafts- you can really Sock it to ‘em!
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Participants in this lively and engaging presentation will get to hear if they're perceived as energetic, sincere, and how much energy they projected. They will also become aware of body language, posture and listening skills.
This session will also focus on team-building. Personal walls will be broken down, self-confidence will rise, and participants' speaking skills will skyrocket.

PERCEPTIONOLOGY: Breakfast & Keynote 730am-10am, Breakout Sessions 10am-12pm - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Kent State University
Learn more & RSVP
LaunchNET Kent State's Elevator Pitch
Imagine walking into an elevator and finding yourself face-to-face with a Venture Capitalist or CEO. Do you have what it takes to pitch your business or professional skills before they reach their stop? Give it a shot in LaunchNET's 4th annual Elevator Pitch competition.

$1,000 in prizes, including best business pitch and best personal pitch.
Sign up!
LaunchNET Clients
Pop Style pop-up shop
Monday, September 24 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Rockwell Hall

Pop Style is an on-campus pop-up thrift shop that allows you to buy, donate and trade clothing.
Buy clothes for $3, $7, or $10.
Donate clothes you don't want anymore but someone else could wear.
Trade clothes at each price point.*

* Please only donate wearable and clean clothing. Trades will be evaluated subjectively to determine if acceptable.
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Digital Marketing Certification Workshop: Thu, Oct 4
LaunchNET client PocketMarketer presents Digital Marketing Certification Workshop - Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Canton Workspace
Check it out
Rising Star Center for the Arts GRAND OPENING
Rising Star Center for the Arts will host its grand opening on September 29th in an open-house style from 12pm-6pm at 11 E. Exchange St. Suite #305 in Akron.

The grand opening is a free event for all ages that will consist of live music, refreshments, raffles for prizes, and kids activities!
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LaunchNET Clients: Want to be profiled?
We are looking for clients who are ready to SHINE! Take the spotlight in the newsletter or other media! 
Give us the info here
Opportunities & Events
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at DriveIT, Akron, OH.
Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Case Western Reserve University present Pitch U - Saturday, November 3, 2018 at The MidTown Tech Hive, Cleveland

  • Learn how to deliver a winning pitch
  • Develop an elevator pitch for your business idea
  • Pitch to a panel of early stage investors
  • Compete for a chance to win prize money!
It’s time to transform your creative ideas into an amazing business. Attend Crafty Mart’s Crafty Canvas Workshop, September 23, 2018, led by LaunchNET Venture Advisor at Kent State University, Tabitha Martin and Entrepreneur in Residence at Mount Union College, John Myers.
Attendees will be considered for Creative Catapult, an event where participants will gain exposure and a chance to win a $2000 micro-grant for their business.
Other interesting stuff
Friday, October 5, 2018
8:00 - 10:00 AM: Intellectual Property and Patent Strategy for Start-ups

This month’s topic will review be “Intellectual Property and Patent Strategy for Start-ups.” 
Founders from Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Wooster, and everywhere in between will be in attendance. If you’re the current, recent, or future founder of a startup in software, physical goods, food, health, or any other product industries, please make the effort to come out and take part in our community.
Learning Corner
How to Use Creative Commons to Find Free Images

Where can a conscientious business blogger find free, legal images to use on their blog? Creative Commons is the key.

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