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The Art of Possibility
A new LaunchNET Blog Post
What are you reading? A book recommendation and some inspiration! 
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Build your network! Connect with mentors!
Flash Mentors is a new program being piloted by LaunchNET to connect Kent State students with professionals who can help answer questions about careers, ventures, and specific topics.

We now have community boards for All the CEO Ladies, Entrepreneurial Help & Resources, and we are starting one focused on the Arts.

Have an idea for a community? Let us know!
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Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship recipients!
So exciting to honor not only our hard-working student entrepreneurs but a faculty mentor who we have had the pleasure of working with closely while also paying tribute to two entrepreneurs who helped pave the way, Paul L. Pfeiffer and Marty Erbaugh.
read more about our winners!
2020 Deshpande Virtual Symposium - Thursday, June 11 - Friday, June 12, 2020
The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the college and university environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each others' experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and start-ups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their academic communities.
learn more & register
WE Launch | Youngstown Business Incubator
WE LAUNCH is a 10-week program which aims to teach women the fundamentals of launching their products and services into the marketplace. 
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Greater Cleveland Partnership announces Tech Week award finalists
CONGRATULATIONS to our "sister" LaunchNET at Case Western Reserve for their nomination as one of the "Best Support Organization"!!
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CONGRATULATIONS to our Idea Olympics Winners!
After a virtual video competition in lieu of our in-person final, we are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Idea Olympics! 

  • 1st place - Calitronics - Daniel Issac & Paul Coulter,
  • 2nd place - Trolder - Luke Leyden
  • 3rd place (tie) - Advocates for Autism - Jordan Worrell
  • 3rd place (tie) - Virtue - Heeju Noe
And a huge THANK YOU to all of our virtual judges!
  • Craig Berger, Assistant Director, Community Engaged Learning 
  • Curtis Cofojohn, Managing Partner, All College Rentals 
  • Krittika Grau, Senior Career Advisor, Career Exploration and Development 
  • Michael Hawkins, Data Librarian, University Libraries 
  • Jasmine Jefferson, First-Year Experience Librarian, University Libraries 
  • Hilary Kennedy, Manager, Library Makerspaces, Lecturer, University Libraries 
  • AJ Leu, CCI Diversity Director, College of Communication and Information 
  • Amy Nethken, Administrative Assistant, Design Innovation 
  • Alicia Robinson, Assistant Director, Women’s Center 
  • Jackie Ruller, Assistant Dean, External Affairs, College of Aeronautics and Engineering
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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
Our 2020 Global Challenges offer over $1.5 million in funding. 
Apply by the June 18 deadline!
Sponsored by NASA, the program pairs technology developed in NASA laboratories with business and technical talent who aim to create new businesses around breakthrough NASA technology. You will experience a hands-on approach to business model building through lean startup methods.
The Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC), a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, is a national competition that recognizes and rewards innovations, discoveries and research by college and university students and their faculty advisers.
The competition encourages students who actively pursue invention. Students frequently come from science, engineering, mathematics and technology studies, but creative invention can emerge from any course of study.
NextView are launching a new program focused on Accelerating the Everyday EconomyWe believe that now is a time to invest in companies which will shape a brighter collective future, as founders combine software & creativity to drive change in the everyday lives of everyday people.
The program will be 100% virtual for now, replacing the diffuse mentorship model of most programs with a focus on few companies that get much more hands-on engagement with the NextView partners and our close knit set of advisors.
I don't know about you all, but I'm having days where I'm just tired of being at home. So beyond just the regular "resources," I'm gonna start focusing on inspiration, good news, and sharing some love & kindness! 
COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Kent State students!

Responsible RestartOhio is about protecting the health of employees, customers, and their families; supporting community efforts to control the spread of the virus; and, leading in responsibly getting Ohio back to work.

This isn't your average side hustle list. Career advice for women, Best careers for women, Career tips for women

I’m the perfect case study for why self-isolation based on societal demand makes all the difference between thriving vs. surviving.
Business Resources

Seven small and large companies are trying to help small business owners keep their dreams alive during the coronavirus outbreak.

Specifically for Black/Brown women professionals, visionaries, creatives, and aspiring business owners, small business owners, and entrepreneurs.
Let's be in community while quarantined.

This Zoom Alternatives list is for individuals looking for a solution to connect with their team, people who work remotely, and also friends and family who happen to be in-home quarantine and want to catch up.

The Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR) is focused on identifying and providing direct support to the state's nearly 950,000 small businesses to help during the current public health crisis and to position them for a strong rebound.
Keep on Learning
3 Ways Stories Establish Trust, Truth and Loyalty in Business Today

We all love stories, and one critical tool continues to be underutilized and undervalued among entrepreneurs today: the power of storytelling.

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