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Help high school students get innovative!
We need about 30 students, staff, and/or faculty members to help out with a STEM-focused entrepreneurship and innovation program aimed at high schoolers! 

The event takes place on Tuesday, October 29, and you will be needed from 10:45am - 1pm. [Even if you have class until 11, please sign up!]

You will be helping to facilitate a table of students working on an innovative solution. Lunch will be served and anyone who helps out will also receive a $25 Visa gift card! 
sign up to be a "table mentor"
PITCH U: Elevator Pitch Competition - Saturday, October 5, 2019
On October 5th, you will:
• 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!
First Prize: $4500
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The Entrepreneur Life: A LaunchNET workshop series
"Let's talk about the real-life stuff of entrepreneurship"

Every Wednesday from 2-3pm, in the LaunchNET office

Gather with other KSU entrepreneurs to learn, converse, and share. Speakers & snacks! 
Check out all the cool topics!
SkyHack Design Challenge
Are you ready for another SkyHack?  SkyHack is a weekend long event in which students will come together to provide a solution to a challenge or “pain point” relating to the aviation industry.

November 1-3, 2019
Open to students 18 years of age or older from any US college or university, in any area of study.
learn more & sign up
Where are my retailers???
Calling all LaunchNET clients who "sell stuff" to customers! 

I'm putting together a group in order to get feedback on what resources and assistance you need, as well as selling opportunities. 
info from retail clients
All the CEO Ladies: October 2019
All the CEO Ladies October meetup  Wednesday, October 16:
"Protecting Your Bag: Things to Know on your Journey to Becoming an Entrepreneur"
Join us this month to learn some of the key legal things you should know for your venture, with Hanne-Lore Gambrell, Esq.
Want one of the NEW LaunchNET t-shirts??

You know you do!
Our fabulous graphic designer Morgan designed the 2019-20 LaunchNET tee— and when you come in for an appointment, you can get your very own!

Sign up or make an appointment to get yours! 
For & About Clients
Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program

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.
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Accounting help is Back!
Not sure if you need a vendor's license?
Need help setting up your bookkeeping? 
Have another business finance question?
Sign up to get FREE help in the LaunchNET office!
2nd Annual FlashLab Pitch Contest | Kent State Student Media
WHAT: A fun, competitive contest to develop innovative ideas in the areas of content development, revenue generation, audience engagement and collaboration. Winning ideas have the chance to receive funding to launch their ideas within Kent State Student Media.

WHEN: Contest opens Sept. 16th and closes Oct. 27th at 11:59 p.m., with final judging to be completed by Dec. 4, 2018

WHO: All currently enrolled Kent State University students are invited to pitch. Entrants do not have to be connected to a Student Media partner, though they are encouraged to collaborate as they see fit.
Pitch your idea!
Limitless Ambition 2019 Fall Social and Fundraiser
Limitless Ambition 2019 Fall Social and Fundraiser
Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Mustard Seed Market and Cafe, Akron
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Around the Ecosystem
SmartShape Design presents Get Smart Meet Up Cleveland Start-Up & Early Stage Investment Communities
Thursday, October 3, 2019: 4:30-7pm
Join fellow educators November 8-9 at the fifth annual Enspire Conference - Teaching in the 21st Century.
Friday, November 8 - 1:00-5:00pm
Saturday, November 9 - 8:00am-12:30pm
HAkron 4K is the University of Akron's FOURTH annual Hackathon. 
If you want to make something cool, this is the place to do it! Not only do we want you to succeed, we're going to help you do it.
Join us for a day focused on helping your small business access the resources, support and opportunities you need to grow. Hosted by the Business Growth Collaborative—a network of 11 entrepreneurial support organizations in Northeast Ohio—the day is structured to allow business owners and their teams gain access to the specific tools that best match their unique needs. 
THINKBIG: Employment & Entrepreneurship at Kent State Stark 
THINKBIG is a day of county-wide community conversations. Organized by Stark Community Foundation and Strengthening Stark, the inaugural event is designed to give residents a voice and bring people together to brainstorm solutions to community needs while celebrating the good in Stark County.
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship located within the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University and the Asher Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) located in Lebanon, will jointly host the 2nd International Entrepreneurship Applied Research Symposium on October 24th and 25th, 2019 on the Cleveland State University Campus.  The theme of the symposium is: Building the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Changing Times: Technology, Education and Globalization.
Bounce Innovation Hub presents Bounce Startup Showcase - Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Bounce Innovation Hub, Akron, OH. 

Women's Entrepreneurship Day Cleveland – Produced and hosted by Prosper for Purpose
Other Competitions & Opportunities
October 21–23, 2019
Students, developers, designers, investors, engineers, researchers, and community members will have the opportunity to participate in this high-energy, all-night problem solving session to help solve some of healthcare’s most pressing issues.
The BBB Spark Award recognizes entrepreneurs age 35 and younger whose new business is less than three years old who demonstrate a high level of character, generate a culture that is authentic about its mission and embed social impact into their business model to support their community.
Ventures who apply to SheEO are majority women-owned, women-led, revenue-generating (at least $50K up to ~$2M in revenue at the time of application)  with export potential and able to answer how they are creating a better world.
For undergraduate or graduate college/university students with a company: operating for at least 6 months with at least $500 in generated revenue.
Local & National winners!
Learning Corner
The Best Tools to Build a Website for Your Side Hustle in 2019

While the hours you put into your work are what enable you to run a lucrative business, a website is a tool that can further amplify your earning power. 

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Client Success Stories
We want to feature YOU! 
We'd love to talk about you and your success! What have you done lately to move your venture or innovation forward? Share your story with others! 
Answer some questions, get some exposure!