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PERCEPTIONOLOGY: Breakfast & Keynote
PERCEPTIONOLOGY: Breakfast & Keynote by Donald Wayne McLeod: 730am-10am
Breakout Sessions: 10am-12pm - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Kent State University
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Fire it up Fridays: Branding this Friday at NOON!
Fire it up Fridays @ LaunchNET

Come get fired up in the LaunchNET office every Friday with speakers, founders, and workshops designed to inspire and move the needle. 

No RSVP needed: just show up and bring a friend!  We'll provide lunch! 
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September 29: Visit LaunchNET at the Kent Creativity Festival
The annual Kent Creativity Festival provides an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to come together to create, share and explore the creation of all forms of art. On the Esplanade between Rockwell & downtown. 

This year, LaunchNET is collaborating with the KSU Theatre department for “Puppets and Pitches”:

Better living through Puppetry.  Come create hand puppets and then learn how to use your new friend to pitch yourself or your greatest idea. With the power of  creativity and crafts- you can really Sock it to ‘em!
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LaunchNET Kent State's Elevator Pitch
Imagine walking into an elevator and finding yourself face-to-face with a Venture Capitalist or CEO. Do you have what it takes to pitch your business or professional skills before they reach their stop? Give it a shot in LaunchNET's 4th annual Elevator Pitch competition.

$1,000 in prizes, including best business pitch and best personal pitch.
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Meet other LaunchNET clients!
Not ready for a full-on advising meeting? Come chat with other Kent State entrepreneurs & LaunchNET advisors on Tuesdays! Plus snacks!

Every Tuesday from 2-4pm

Walk-ins & new friends welcome: no appointment or RSVP needed. 
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All the CEO Ladies: Tools for your Business
LaunchNET Kent State & the Women's Center presents All the CEO Ladies: Tools for your Business -
Wednesday, October 10, 2018: 5:30-7pm at Kent State Women's Center
LaunchNET Clients
LaunchNET Clients: Want to be profiled?
We are looking for clients who are ready to SHINE! Take the spotlight in the newsletter or other media! 
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Opportunities & Events
JumpStart Inc. presents Happy Hour with the JumpStart Investing Team - Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Brick And Barrel Brewing, Cleveland
Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund presents Deal Flow Event:
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at StartMart, Cleveland
Prosper for Purpose presents Women's Entrepreneurship Day Cleveland

Monday, November 12, 2018 at Linsalata Alumni Center of Case Western Reserve University
Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Case Western Reserve University present Pitch U - Saturday, November 3, 2018 at The MidTown Tech Hive, Cleveland

  • 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!
Other interesting stuff
NOV. 15, 2018
5 - 9 P.M.

FUEL by The Bit Factory is a unique pitch competition for MVP-stage software startups. Four finalists get the opportunity to negotiate up to $15,000 in investment and quick admittance to our new Product Development Accelerator.
GSEA is the premier award program for students running a business.
You must submit your application before November 9, 2018. The finalists will present on December 1st at CWRU.
Founders from Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Wooster, and everywhere in between will be in attendance. If you’re the current, recent, or future founder of a startup in software, physical goods, food, health, or any other product industries, please make the effort to come out and take part in our community.
College student teams with digital media startups (in concept, in development or in operation) can apply. 

In keeping with the SXSW Interactive focus, all teams should fall into at least one of the following categories: Augmented & Virtual Reality, Enterprise & Smart Data, Entertainment & Content, Health & Wearable, Hyper-Connected Communities, Payment & FinTech, Security & Privacy, Social & Culture, Sports & Performance Data, and Transportation.

Learning Corner
Business Grants for Women: What You Need to Know |
We've compiled all the information women need to find business grants. From federal government grants to grant databases.

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