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KSU Elevator Pitch: September 18
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 6th annual Elevator Pitch competition. $1,000 in prizes including best business pitch and best personal pitch.
reserve your spot in the elevator
September 28: The Commons is coming back to Akron!
This multi-disciplinary, team-focused event is a great way to network with regional business professionals and students from other NEO colleges & universities while creatively working on tough challenges! 

Find out why we have students & mentors signing up to do it AGAIN!
learn more & apply today!
Mark Your Calendar! 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.

LaunchNET is partnering with the KSU Theatre Department to present PUPPETS & PITCHES! Come visit us on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade
read more about the event
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
For & About Clients
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, 
Help a fellow LaunchNET client!
Recent KSU alum Carrie Esser is competing for the title of NYX Professional Makeup's 2019 Artist of the Year.

Vote for Carrie Esser at www.faceawards.com every day September 23 - 27!
3 votes per email account
Bookmark the page!
Kent Hack Enough: September 27-29
This is our 8th KHE!
Whether you're totally new to tech & design or a seasoned pro, come spend a weekend making something great with us!
learn more & sign up
Around the Ecosystem
JumpStart Inc. presents Stark County Open Mic Pitch Night
Thursday, September 26, 2019
at Deli Ohio, Canton

HAkron 4K is the University of Akron's FOURTH annual Hackathon. Completely student run, so you know it's going to be good.
Come ready to learn new things, make new friends, and create something so awesome that even your great aunt Dorothy will be interested in it.
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.
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
Bounce Innovation Hub presents Free Coworking Days
Wednesday, September 25 
October 23, 2019
Other Competitions & Opportunities
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!
Every year, the VentureWell E-Teams Grant Program awards over $650,000 total in grant funding to early-stage science and tech student startups who are on the path to launching innovations with a social, health, or environmental impact.

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. The Student Prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have technology-based inventions.
Deadline: Sep 27 2019 11:59 PM (EDT)
Learning Corner
The 9 Best Free Email Marketing Tools in 2019

Take a look at the best free email marketing tools you can use for your business in 2019.

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