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The LaunchNET office will be closed from Dec 21 - Jan 4.
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We look forward to meeting with you in the new year! Enjoy your break & be safe out there! 
News & Announcements
Graduate Positions Open at LaunchNET
LaunchNET is hiring for 3 graduate level associates to support our work.

1. Measurement and Evaluation Associate
The Measurement and Evaluation Associate will work with LaunchNET staff to develop measurement tools for LaunchNET advising and programs. 

2. Marketing Associate
The LaunchNET marketing associate will create new marketing and social media content, under the strategic direction determined by the Director and Assistant Director. 

3. Venture Associate
The Venture Associate will act as a project manager, following up with and confirming that teams successfully complete each week’s programming, tasks, and goals. 
Find full descriptions & apply on Handshake
Fashion/Tech Hackathon
January 29 - 31, 2021
The annual Fashion/Tech Hackathon is a dynamic, interdisciplinary event where teams of students from all across the U.S. and Canada learn new skills and create innovative technology that will help define the future of fashion.
sign up now!
Black Women Bosses - Spring 2021
Black Women Bosses is a cohort-based, 6-week entrepreneurship and leadership program for Black female (current KSU) students to help successfully launch businesses, apply entrepreneurial thinking to career goals, and build a leadership mentality. 
Limited spots! Apply now!
PreOrders available for the TROLDER Shop
You might remember client Luke Leyden and his startup Trolder, who won 3rd place in a recent regional competition

Trolder is now taking pre-orders for their first electronics kit-- not in time for December gift-giving, but sure to keep you busy on those long dark January days!
Check it out!
The P.A.L. Project Culture Class - SWAHILI - Sat, Dec 19, 2020
The P.A.L. Project is a movement that strives to provide equity in identity for people of African descent through  "edutaining" programing.

Enjoy this introductory class to the Swahili Culture taught by Glory Kimonge. It is designed for ages 11-18 but all are welcome to sit in, enjoy and learn new things.

Asante Sana (Thank you) and we look forward to seeing you in class!
register NOW!
Q&A With a Notable Leader: Alicia Robinson - Mon, Dec 21, 2020
SO PROUD of our friend & "notable leader"!

Join ATHENA Akron virtually via Zoom as we welcome Alicia Robinson, Founder and Executive Director, Limitless Ambition, and Director for Research and Evaluation, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Case Western Reserve University. Alicia will tell us her story and answer questions from our moderator, Carolyn Felton, Community Volunteer and ATHENA Akron board member. We will then open a chat for questions from our attendees.
free but registration required
Teranga African Paint (virtual)- Thu, Dec 24, 2020
Teranga comes from the Senegalese language, Wolof, and means hospitality - something the Senegalese are known for.

Internationally recognized guest artist, Kh Bamba, welcomes you behind the scenes to see how he creates exhibition-worthy artwork, while you make your own deep-colored, eye-catching painting to beautify your home or give away as a gift!
get your ticket!
EEC Winter No-Code Hackathon
Do you have an app idea but cannot code?
Register for the EEC No-Code Hackathon in partnership with V.One! 
You can create an app within 72 hours and compete for cash prizes! 
No technical or coding experience needed!
find out more & register
Virtual MLK Speaker: Opal Tometi - JAN 18, 2021
BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY presents a conversation with Opal Tometi who will share her inspiring story as a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement and challenge each of us to end violence against Black people.

Event is free but registration is required.
get your ticket!
Competitions, Events, Opportunities
Bounce Innovation Hub presents Aspiring Entrepreneur Program (VIRTUAL) -
Starts Monday, January 25, 2021

A 10-week cohort program focused on education. Participants will leave with a validated business idea, an action plan and a new entrepreneurial mindset that you can use to excel in your current job, leverage relationships and, of course, start or maintain a business.
The Clinton Global Initiative University is looking for higher education student leaders who are committed to take action in their community to address a pressing challenge. 
The application deadline for CGI U 2021 is Friday, January 15
The GSV Startup Bootcamp is a 7-week online curriculum designed to educate and inspire anyone with the courage and dedication to take control of their future.
January 25 through March 12, 2021
Join us as Eric describes his decision to leave Nike for a startup, his experience building a startup and then his return to Nike with his newfound knowledge and skills.
This event is in partnership with the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University
There are 4 categories for international students to pitch in:
  • Business Management and Process Improvement
  • Community/Civic Innovations
  • Healthcare/Biomedical
  • IT/Connected Devices (IOT)
You are initially eligible if your startup:

  • is student-driven, student-created and/or student-managed
  • has at least two current student founders or management team members, and at least one of those students is a current graduate degree-seeking student
  • are from a are from a college or university anywhere in the world
  • has not raised more than $250,000 in equity capital prior to July 1, 2020
  • is seeking funding or capital (or will be in the next 12 months)
  • is a potentially viable investment opportunity
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