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The latest & greatest from LaunchNET Kent State
Creating a community of Kent State makers, innovators, creators, collaborators, and business owners.
Apply for the 2020 Idea Olympics! DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday!
Kent State, pitch your business idea or concept for a chance to win $4,000 (across multiple categories) in seed funding.
The Entrepreneur Life: Wednesdays at 3pm!
Every Wednesday at 3pm in the LaunchNET office

Javon Miller, student entrepreneur and LaunchNET Fellow, will host informal discussions about the "real life" stuff of being a young entrepreneur.
It's not just about your business (or business idea!), it's about your life. 
A new topic each week!
Come join us at the first meeting of the LaunchNET book club, hosted by our student fellow Amrith! Help choose the first book that we'll be reading and grab some food.
Friday, February 28 at noon, in the LaunchNET office
LaunchNET Accounting Hours
Not sure what you should be keeping track of for your business?
Confused about sales tax?
Need help setting up your bookkeeping?

LaunchNET is partnering with CBIZ to provide FREE accounting help for clients during the semester:

Friday, February 28
Friday, March 13
Friday, April 3 
sign up for a time slot
All the CEO Ladies meetup
Wednesday, February 19
at the Women's Center

February's meeting will be a conversation with a panel of Kent State female entrepreneurs about working on your vision and juggling all the different aspects of building your dream. 
rsvp for Feb 19
BYOB: Build Your Own Brand!
Build Your Own Brand: Confidence & Skills for Your Career Speaker & workshop series

Next Session: Wednesday March 4!

BYOB is a series of speakers & workshops designed specifically for underrepresented minority students to build their career confidence, personal brand, and potential for entrepreneurship! 
Find out more & apply
The Commons Akron: Apply your skills. Build your network. Create something awesome.
Your Crash Course in Innovation

Are you a Hipster, Handler, Hacker or a Hustler?  The Commons Akron Innovation and Entrepreneurial Skills Program needs you!  One-page overview.

Two great pilot programs in Akron in 2019:  students from seven area universities doing innovation projects with Akron Children’s Hospital, Consolidus, FirstEnergy, Goodyear, Main Street Gourmet, The J.M. Smucker’s Company and The Timken Company. 

Participate in the next program: February 29 – March 29, 2020!
Learn more & apply today!
Local Happenings
February 21-23, 2020
Open to all college and university students, Startup Vikes is Cleveland State University's annual business competition. 
Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Kick-off 02/28 - Friday, February 28, 2020 at Sears think[box]
It takes an incredible amount of courage to risk starting your own business and just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to support a business. Let's spend our Friday lunch time being a piece of this supportive community. 
The Grit Awards celebrate the accomplishments of local companies, businesses, organizations, and people that are elevating our community. Nominations Due by February 27, 2020.
Competitions, Events, Opportunities
Inspiring doesn't begin to cover it.

Each spring, we invite students from around the world to pitch ideas for conscious capitalism ventures that make a profit while also solving a problem. Winners take home thousands of dollars to help make their ideas come true.

Deadline to apply: March 3, 2020
If you're interested in technology, this is a great chance to build up your resume and get experience with companies on the cutting-edge! You can be studying in any area, from STEM to business, communications, marketing and design. 

These are paid internships with a minimum of $15 an hour but you can negotiate for more, and we'll connect you with the companies.
Learning Corner
The Complete A-to-Z Guide to Starting Your Online Business
If you’re favoring e-commerce over a traditional storefront, there’s good news: We have the top tips on how to kickstart your new online business.

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