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We loved seeing all of our returning clients and making new friends at both the LGBTQ+ Kickoff and KSU Blastoff last week!! 
Intro to Mission:Life competition Friday!
Join Design Innovation for pizza and drinks Friday, from 11:30am to 1pm in the Atrium of Cartwright Hall as we facilitate a session to help you create teams and brainstorm possible directions to tackle this year’s challenge of ‘improving mental health in the 21st century!’

Create your team and take your chance at getting to travel to Brazil!!
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.
sign up today!
Creative Startups survey
Have a vision for growing your company in Cleveland or North East Ohio? Are you a creative working to build the ecosystem and a vision for your community?

Creative Startups wants to hear from you.
Share your thoughts on the creative ecosystem now!

$5 gift cards for the first 100 responses by Sept 1st
take the survey
The Commons - Innovation Accelerator
Student teams from NEO colleges & universities will work with Goodyear, Akron Children’s Hospital, The J.M. Smucker Company, First Energy, and 2 or 3 other companies this fall.

The Commons Akron program is open to ALL students from ALL backgrounds and is even an option for recent graduates – as it takes place on weekends and teamwork is conducted virtually with the support of program leaders and business mentors. 
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.

Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade
read more about the event
Kent Hack Enough
Kent State's "rootin'-est, tootin'-est hackathon in the wild midwest"! 

September 27th-29th 2019
Kent State Library
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SkyHack Design Challenge
Are you ready for another SkyHack?

College students 18 years of age or older from any university with any area of study are invited! November 1-3, 2019!
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For & About Clients
Client to present at WELD event
Alicia Robinson will be the speaker at the August Executive Women's Series.

WELD's mission is to develop and advance women's leadership to strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities it serves.
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Fundraiser by Tanaka Mupinga : Music Education at Lillehammer Institute in Norway
Help support client Tanaka Mupinga in his goal of becoming a Musician-Physician and get his debut album “Born & Raised” 

All proceeds will go toward tuition for the competitive Lillehammer Institute of Music Production and Industries (Limpi), located in Norway.
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Around the Ecosystem

Start a business in less than 50 hours!

PITCH U: Elevator Pitch Competition
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Glenville Circle North: CLEworx
Fall Entrepreneurial Programs & Events
Including their annual Pitch event, where you could win $$ for your venture! 

Organizations seeking to make it easier for people to get to work will receive a total of $191,000 to bring their ideas to fruition in the prize program, which was created by the Fund for Our Economic Future to come up with solutions to what the Fund calls the transportation paradox of 'no car, no job; no job, no car.'

The E-Team Grant Program provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. 

Other Competitions
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)
Hackpalachia is an inclusive, entrepreneurship-focused hackathon for students and young professionals in the Appalachian region.  You'll have the opportunity to work with students from universities throughout the region to tackle tough problems, gain leadership skills, learn about entrepreneurship, and hone your artistic, business, or coding skills. 
Learning Corner
What’s as important 
as great research? Funding!
Local universities have come up with new ways to provide investment capital to researchers hoping to commercialize their technology. Sometimes, it's even students making the investment decisions.
Read more about the Student Venture Fund