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Fire it up Fridays at LaunchNET!
Come get fired up in the LaunchNET office every Friday with speakers, founders, and workshops designed to inspire and move the needle.

Friday at noon-1:30 

No RSVP needed: just show up and bring a friend! 
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Meet other LaunchNET clients!
Have a half-baked idea you want some feedback about? Want to meet other KSU entrepreneurs?

Every Tuesday from 2-4pm come hang in the LaunchNET office! 

Walk-ins & new friends welcome: no appointment or RSVP needed. Snacks & drinks provided.
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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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LaunchNET Clients
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
Startups: Apply for up to $25,000 in the Fall 2018 Funding Cycle

Students: Learn how to vet a startup for funding! 
The (Halloween) Party Hackathon.
October 19-21st, 2018
Kent State University Library

Talk shop and meet other local founders at Founder Dinner! Networking, discussion, advice, and fun! 

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!
Other interesting stuff
So You Want to Open a Restaurant,
Winery, Brewery, Bakery, Deli, Food Truck, etc...?

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Kent State University at Tuscarawas
Tue., Sept. 25, 2018 | 9-11 a.m.

Women's Network of Northeast Ohio - Join us for practical training, educational workshops, and networking events in a friendly atmosphere
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.
Kickoff the school year at Young Entrepreneur Institute's September Educator Retreat! Learn about entrepreneurial curriculum and programing for your classroom. The program will feature a professional development workshop, entrepreneurship education updates, networking and dinner.

Monday, Sept. 24 OR Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 4:30-6:30pm
Learning Corner
Get Paid: Stripe vs. PayPal
Online business all starts with a simple transaction. Back in the day, in order to complete that transaction, you needed a merchant account—a special bank account that allows you to accept credit card payments—and loads of cumbersome equipment. 
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