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CONGRATS to our Elevator Pitch winners!
  • Nicole Bitskay, sophomore Human Development and Family Studies major: 1st place winner
  • Obianuju Izuchukwu, senior Fashion Merchandising major:  Best Personal Pitch
  • Gregory Joyce II, senior Finance major: runner-up
  • Halle Small, sophomore Entrepreneurship major: runner-up
Be a Table Mentor on Nov. 7
We need up to 35 KSU STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and/or Business faculty, staff, or students who will represent KSU and be discussion leaders and table mentors at the NEOhio Innovates Commercialization & Entrepreneurship Forum for Northeast Ohio high school students. 

All discussion leaders will receive lunch and a $25 gift card.
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Fire it Up Friday: What's holding you back?
Join us on Friday and we'll talk about what holding you back in your venture. How can YOU break through to the next level!?

No RSVP needed: just show up and bring a friend!  We'll provide lunch
Accounting Help for LaunchNET clients
We are happy to announce that we will have a professional accountant from CBIZin the office, available to answer questions and help you with any business financial issues. 
Three Fridays this Fall, between 2:30-4:30.
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FlashLab Innovation Pitch Contest
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. 28th and closes Oct. 28th at 11:59 p.m., with final judging to be completed by Dec. 1, 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. 

AWARDS: Winning ideas will share in up to $10,000 to help launch the idea with the Student Media partner(s) involved. The winning innovators (those who submitted the winning pitches) will share in $1,000 in prize money. 
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Get your legal questions answered - FREE!
The LaunchNET legal consultant (from the Case Western IPVC clinic) will be in the office every Thursday to answer your legal questions!
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November All the CEO Ladies: Spark your biz
In November, we're going to meet at the Spark Innovation Studio on Tuesday, November 13.

Come check out the resources available to the Kent community.

Bring your logo & a t-shirt to create your own branded shirt! 
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
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!
Prosper for Purpose presents Women's Entrepreneurship Day Cleveland

Monday, November 12, 2018 at Linsalata Alumni Center of Case Western Reserve University
World Series of Innovation is a business ideas challenge that invites young people to pitch entrepreneurial solutions to real problems. Winners receive cash prizes.
Other interesting stuff
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.

Rewarding ideas, projects, and products from the last year that have the potential to alter the lives of people and the direction of the planet for the better.
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.
Solutions is one of the first blockchain education conferences to provide experiential learning through hands-on coding and real-world problem solving with a focus on solutions for business and government applications.
Cleveland, Ohio
December 1-4, 2018
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.
Learning Corner
SBA webinars
How to work with the government

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