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SkyHack Design Challenge
Friday, November 1, 2019 through Sunday, November 3, 2019

Open to students 18 years of age or older from any US college or university, in any area of study.

Five challenges related in some way to the aviation/aeronautics industry will be presented. Over the course of the weekend, students will establish interdisciplinary teams, innovate, produce prototypes and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win the Burton D. Morgan grand prize of $10,000.

Each challenge stream will have a $1,000 winner. 
Help us 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. 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
Adobe Creative Jam at Kent State
Kent State University will be hosting an Adobe Premiere Rush Creative Jam on October 28th and 30th from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the Garden Room

What is a Creative Jam? A Creative Jam is an event where:
  • Speakers inspire with thought-provoking talks
  • A bootcamp provides software know-how
  • Student teams compete in a fast-paced tournament based on a theme
  • Professional judges give real-time feedback on projects
  • Winning teams are awarded for outstanding design thinking
find out more!
The Pitch at Hudson Library
Participants will need to apply online at hudsonlibrary.org for one of the 7-minute time slots available for this “shark tank” style program. 
Online applications will be accepted starting Monday, October 7, and must be received by Monday, October 28. The seven finalists chosen to pitch will be notified by Monday, November 7
A $5,000 cash prize will be awarded to the first place winner, and two runners-up will each receive a $2,500 cash prize.
apply today!
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!
Cybersecurity "Capture the Flag" Competition!
LaunchNET & KSU Computer Engineering Club present a competition that is of a series of challenges where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge.

Friday November 7: 4:30-9:30pm
CAE building, room 102
sign up!
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!
For & About Clients
Attention Artists!
Linden Lane Artworks is a third-party art business, providing artists the business and marketing perspectives to sell their work.

Linden Lane is looking for some talented artists that are interested in having their art showcased at the Kent Makers Market on November 16th and December 14th at a commission-based rate. 
Fill out this Form for more information
Legal consulting at LaunchNET
Have a legal question about your venture? 

Sign up to meet with a legal consultant for FREE! 
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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!
Flash Grants: Seeking Collaborators!
Arts Funding Available for Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Student Projects! 
KSU College of the Arts has competitive funding for collaborative projects with students in the arts. 
learn more & apply
Around the Ecosystem
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
Blockland Student Coding Workshop
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Cleveland State University 
This full day workshop is for high school juniors & seniors and college students to focus on foundational concepts and code reviews. Basic prior coding experience is suggested, but not required.
Bounce Innovation Hub presents Bounce Startup Showcase - Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Bounce Innovation Hub, Akron
This is an event for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, side-hustlers, dreamers and doers. WED Cleveland is bringing together a force of local women in business to spark new ideas and build bridges of support and collaboration. And we want YOU to be a part of it!
Other Competitions & Opportunities
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.
Cleveland Deadline is Nov. 15!
Learning Corner
How to Run a Focus Group for Your Business
Learn the step-by-step process for running a focus group, from planning your focus group questions in a focus group questionnaire to incorporating the findings into your launch strategy.
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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!