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News & Announcements
CONGRATULATIONS to Luke Leyden & Trolder!
Luke Leyden, junior, computer engineering technology major, represented Kent State in the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium's IdeaLabs competition (the regional event for winners of our Idea Olympics).

Luke faced tough competition from student entrepreneurs from 11 other Northeast Ohio universities, ultimately taking 3rd place and $1,000 for his venture, Trolder. Congrats, Luke!
Virtual Walk-in Advising on Discord!
Next week, we are premiering our Virtual Drop-in advising on the LaunchNET Discord Server!

TUESDAY 11/3: 3-4:30pm
WEDNESDAY 11/4: 10:30am - noon

Pop in and ask a question, run an idea by our advisors, or just say hi! 
Kent State Names New Senior Vice President and Provost Following National Search | Kent State University
We are so excited about the announcement that our good friend Dr. Melody Tankersley was named SR VP and Provost this week!!

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November All the CEO Ladies - book discussion
WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2020: 5:30-7 pm via Google Meet

For November, we will be discussing Brené Brown's book The Gifts of Imperfection! We will talk about the lesson in the book that we can apply as "whole-hearted" entrepreneurs and share what we learned. 

Be sure to also check out the Gifts of Imperfection website (even/especially if aren't able to read the book!), which has a ton of resources and the Wholehearted Inventory, which we will talk about: 
Be a part of the conversation!
The Entrepreneur Life resumes Thursday, Oct 29!
Just a few more sessions of The Entrepreneur Life with Javon left for the semester! 
Come and meet other Kent State entrepreneurs and learn the "inside scoop" of being an entrepreneur in college! 
Get the Zoom link!
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2020 Elevator Pitch winners!
We know how difficult it can be to do an elevator pitch virtually, so we are SUPER PROUD of our winners this year! 

Winner ($300) - Joseph Brandhorst, Junior, Biotechnology
Runner-ups ($200)
  • Personal pitch - Heeju Noe, graduate, fashion industry studies
  • Business pitch - Micaela Pflug, senior, entrepreneurship 
Superlative Awards ($100)
  • Best use of new tech - Jillian Eddy, junior, engineering technology
  • Best branding - Sydney Hill, junior, Business Management/Psychology
  • Best dressed - Luke Leyden, junior, Computer Engineering Technology
Client News
Three Minute Thesis Finalists | Kent State University
CONGRATS to Client NIA ALLEN for making it to the finals of the 2020 3MT!!

Nia will be presenting on her topic: "How this Luxury Resale Pop can Serve as a Solution for Fashion’s Issue with Racial Discrimination"
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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
Research a local news organization and come up with a new way for them to engage with their community. The outlet can be any type — TV, radio, newspaper, non-profit, weekly, online only, monthly, etc.  Submit this idea below by Oct. 31, 2020.
You’ll have thousands of radically generous women supporting you, on your own terms. Apply by Nov 2, 2020 in Canada, US + UK.
The 1st application period will open on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 9am and will
close on Friday, November 6, at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Please Join SBA and VetBizCentral as we highlight the free to low-cost entrepreneurial resources to support small and start-up Businesses.
Enter our fall 2020 Core City: Cleveland Pitch Competition! We’ll be selecting 10 finalists who live or own a business in the city of Cleveland to pitch online for a chance to win up to $2,500. The best part? All participants will walk away with at least $500!
Apply by November 5
Apply to the RBPC 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
Useful Info for your Biz
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:00 am

During this webinar you will learn about the IMAGE grant program. The program provides grant funds to eligible business to engage in eligible international promotion activities. Businesses can access up to $10,000 through a 50% reimbursement basis.
The Small Business Relief Grant is designed to provide relief to Ohio businesses that have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

Governor Mike DeWine has designated up to $125 million of funding received by the State of Ohio from the federal CARES Act to provide $10,000 grants to small businesses to help them through the current crisis. The program, which will begin accepting applications November 2, 2020, will be administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Application opens November 2, 2020.

Speakers and information abound at the virtual Hudson Library virtual Entrepreneurship workshops.

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Cool & Interesting
Kent State Finds Glassblowing Solutions During the Pandemic
CONGRATS to the innovative minds in the Glass Shop!! Love seeing this kind of creative thinking across campus! 

Navigating the pandemic restrictions in all of the School of Art studio art classes this semester has been challenging to both faculty and students. 
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