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The latest & greatest from LaunchNET Kent State
Creating a community of Kent State makers, innovators, creators, collaborators, and business owners.
Come join us at the first meeting of the LaunchNET book club, hosted by our student fellow Amrith! Help choose the first book that we'll be reading and grab some food.
THIS FRIDAY, February 28 at noon, in the LaunchNET office
TOMORROW!! LaunchNET Accounting Hours
Not sure what you should be keeping track of for your business?
Confused about sales tax?
Need help setting up your bookkeeping?

LaunchNET is partnering with CBIZ to provide FREE accounting help for clients during the semester:

Friday, February 28
Friday, March 13
Friday, April 3 
sign up now
The Entrepreneur Life: Wednesdays at 2pm!
Every Wednesday from 2-3pm in the LaunchNET office

Javon Miller, student entrepreneur and LaunchNET Fellow, will host informal discussions about the "real life" stuff of being a young entrepreneur.
It's not just about your business (or business idea!), it's about your life. 
A new topic each week!
Your Crash Course in Innovation

Are you a Hipster, Handler, Hacker or a Hustler?  The Commons Akron Innovation and Entrepreneurial Skills Program needs you!  One-page overview.

Two great pilot programs in Akron in 2019:  students from seven area universities doing innovation projects with Akron Children’s Hospital, Consolidus, FirstEnergy, Goodyear, Main Street Gourmet, The J.M. Smucker’s Company and The Timken Company. 

Participate in the next program: February 29 – March 29, 2020! 
Learn more & apply today!
BYOB: Build Your Own Brand!
Build Your Own Brand: Confidence & Skills for Your Career Speaker & workshop series

Next Session: Wednesday March 4!

BYOB is a series of speakers & workshops designed specifically for underrepresented minority students to build their career confidence, personal brand, and potential for entrepreneurship! 
Find out more & apply
Local Happenings
Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Kick-off 02/28 - Friday, February 28, 2020 at Sears think[box]
It takes an incredible amount of courage to risk starting your own business and just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to support a business. Let's spend our Friday lunch time being a piece of this supportive community. 
The Grit Awards celebrate the accomplishments of local companies, businesses, organizations, and people that are elevating our community. Nominations Due by February 27, 2020.
JumpStart offers free educational workshops on a wide variety of topics, from capital readiness and go-to-market strategy to financial projections and growth planning. In order to provide the most value to participants, our workshops are focused on specific types of businesses at specific stages of growth.
Competitions, Events, Opportunities
The ideal candidate is someone who has an interest in start-up businesses and would like to evaluate start-ups for potential investment. This person likely has had an interest in business plan competitions or similar type entrepreneurial events. In addition, this individual must be a strong communicator who is able to work autonomously to complete assigned tasks.

The intern will be expected to work out of the OIF offices in Columbus, OH as well as be able to drive to other locations across the state for external events. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Apply on Handshake or email info@ohioinnovationfund.com for more details. 

Inspiring doesn't begin to cover it.

Each spring, we invite students from around the world to pitch ideas for conscious capitalism ventures that make a profit while also solving a problem. Winners take home thousands of dollars to help make their ideas come true.

Deadline to apply: March 3, 2020
e-Fest® and the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge starts with an online competition. Undergraduate students in North America are encouraged to form teams and submit their venture pitches, for a chance at a quarter million dollars in prizes.
If you're interested in technology, this is a great chance to build up your resume and get experience with companies on the cutting-edge! You can be studying in any area, from STEM to business, communications, marketing and design. 

These are paid internships with a minimum of $15 an hour but you can negotiate for more, and we'll connect you with the companies.
Learning Corner
Product Pricing Guide For Begininers: How To Price Your Products

Product pricing can be tricky—how do you know what to charge your customers? Our guide walks you through product pricing so it's fair and profitable.

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