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Highlights of the week include: the return of Pitch & Ponder, a new lunch hour speaker series, funding opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs, vendors and VFA, local events, and programming in prisons. 
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Pitch & Ponder | Kent State University
Join us for Pitch & Ponder! A stress-free, low stakes open mic night for founders and creatives to share their ideas, practice their personal or business pitches, and connect with other like-minded go-getters.

Thursday, September 14 from 4-6pm
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LunchNET w/ Daisy Pops
Join us for lunch and a conversation with Daisy Pops founder, Amy Mucha!

Hear about Amy's journey as an entrepreneur and how she turned her cake pop idea into a full fledged business.

Wednesday, September 20 from 12-1pm
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Student Microgrants: Launch & Scale-Up
Microgrants are back! This time around we are offering funding for both revenue generating ($1,250) and pre-revenue ($500) businesses.
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Events & Opportunities
Enter to Win a $500 ArtsLAUNCH! Grant!
Do you have an idea for new work of art, or a new arts venture that would positively impact the arts economy? Then consider submitting a proposal in the 2023 ArtsLAUNCH! Grant competition! The competition is open to all currently enrolled Kent State students.
Apply by:
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 4:59pm EST
Questions should be directed to Nick Petrella, ArtsLAUNCH! coordinator, at npetrel3@kent.edu
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Pride Alley Art Show
LaunchNET client, Justine Gallo is putting together Acorn Alley's first ever pride alley art show!

They are currently looking for LGBTQ+ artists to display and sell their art during Kent's rainbow weekend on Saturday, October 14th from 11-5pm.
Apply Here
Pitch Cypher 3.0
Connect with Cleveland’s innovation movement at Pitch Cypher, a tech-focused pitch event bringing together founders, creatives and start-up insiders over good music and drinks.

Register today to attend the event and support local Black and Latino/Hispanic tech innovators.

Thursday, August 31 from 6-9pm
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Venture for America Fellowship
Applications are currently open for VFA's Class of 2024! This fellowship program gives recent graduates an opportunity to connect with startups across the country and get salaried startup experience in the process. 
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Resources & Education

Learn how to repurpose your social media content so it can live on multiple platforms — from Instagram to LinkedIn.

Students at Trumbull Correctional Institution are working towards a bachelors degree and through advising and workshops with LaunchNET, are earning a certificate in entrepreneurship in the process.