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I've been hearing about Squid Game all weekend and I've formed a theory I'd like to share with you: Blooper was the inspiration behind Squid Game.

Who is Blooper, you ask? Blooper is the OG squid. From Super Mario Sunshine to Mario Party, Blooper has been there to cause chaos and test the survival skills of Mario and all his friends as they strive for the grand prize. 

Sound familiar? 

Highlights for this week include Elevator Pitch next Thursday (prize money!), the innovation mentorship series, how to build your business profile on TikTok, and my personal idol. Dream big kid 🌟
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KSU Elevator Pitch
Imagine walking into an elevator and finding yourself face-to-face with a Venture Capitalist or CEO. You have 90 seconds to pitch your business or professional skills before they reach their stop, do you have what it takes?

Give it a shot in LaunchNET's annual Elevator Pitch competition. $1,000 in prizes including best business pitch and best personal pitch. Open to entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators from all majors -- pitch a business or pitch yourself!

Thursday, October 7, 6pm - 8:30pm

We offer advising for anyone interested in strengthening or developing your pitch before the event!
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All the CEO Ladies
All the CEO Ladies is a group that supports the entrepreneurial women of Kent State.

Register for the October 13th meeting of All the CEO Ladies, featuring guest speaker Chacho Valadez! Chacho is the Principal at Backstage Capital and Chief of Staff to Arlan Hamilton -- author of It's About Damn Time, the book we are framing this semester around!

This virtual meeting is taking place Wednesday, October 13 at 5:30pm!
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SkyHack 3.0
SkyHack is a weekend-long aviation focused design challenge. This event will enable you to explore issues in the aviation industry ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles, to pathogens on planes, to sustainability. Work together with students from multiple universities as you ‘hack’ and plan your way to a grand prize.

This is a free event with food, refreshments and prizes. Open to students from any U.S. university.

November 5-7, 2021
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Events & Opportunities
You are invited to join us to hear presentations from two new high-potential start up companies, and two ARCHAngels Alumni companies. 
The ARCHAngels Events are free and creates a unique venue for learning, sharing and networking in the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial and investment community.

Please click below for the full schedule and to join this virtual event.

Wednesday, September 29, 3pm
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The Pitch 2021 | Hudson Library
The Hudson Library & Historical Society will virtually hold its ninth annual “Pitch Night” competition on Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. Seven finalists will be selected from the pool of online applications to pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges on Zoom. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize, and two runners-up will each receive a $2,500 cash prize.

Applications are now OPEN! Apply by October 18 to participate.

We offer advising for anyone interested in strengthening or developing your pitch before the event!
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The Commons - Developing Leaders, Growing Companies, Improving NE Ohio | EDGE
The Commons Program is designed to attract, develop, and retain talented and motivated minds by blending career and innovation skills with mentoring professionals to give students a truly unique, real-world experience.

The program is a collaboration with area colleges and universities, mentors, and innovative local businesses and focuses on engaging university students of ANY major and ANY year in school and is open to any current (or recent) student of any age or discipline.

No cost to students to participate.
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Resources & Education
The Kent State Emergency Grant Fund was established in spring 2020 to support students who need assistance in overcoming difficult setbacks and unforeseen financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about how to apply for emergency grant funding or how to donate to the emergency grant fund.

Not many social platforms have made quite the impact that TikTok has. As brands continue to innovate on the app, it’s probably about time to touch base on what best practice actually looks like.

From pro marketers to beginners, improve your graphic design impact with tools like Gravit, Adobe Spark and DesignWizard.

Fun & Stuff
This is about where we're at in the semester. If you are too, just remember: keep your head held high, fumble your way through if needed, and always end things with a smile.  
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