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Let's talk lore.
Do you prefer to share your own lore or do people have to pry it out of you?

I think I fall somewhere in the middle, leaning towards the prying. See you can't expect me to share info out of the blue, but if it's topical or you directly ask...sure, I'll drop some tidbits of my lore.

I'm feeling generous so here's your lore for the day: I refused to eat ketchup as a child because it was red. The day Heinz came out with colored ketchups was a pivotal moment in my childhood (blue was the best one).

Highlights for the week include: student startup grants and scholarships, workshops for Women's History Month and AI, pitching, pondering, and legal consultations !
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Spotlights & Shoutouts
Rolling Refreshments came to be when Audrey Ernst and Vaunden Brunn combined their businesses to pursue a common goal. Hear the full story of how their partnership was formed and where you can indulge in their fun flavored drinks ☕️🍹
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News & Announcements
EEC's ideaLabs 2024
LaunchNET is looking for three entrepreneurs/teams to send to the EEC's ideaLabs pitch competition on April 11, 2024 in Cleveland.

The three selected entrepreneurs/teams will receive a $500 microgrant from LaunchNET and have the opportunity to pitch for up to $2,250 in funding through one of two tracks: 
  • Big Idea Track
  • Money Maker Track
Apply by TOMORROW, March 8th at 12pm
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Legal Information Consultations for Startups
This semester we will be partnering with the University of Akron Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Clinic to provide our clients with the opportunity to consult with a SEED Clinic Law Student Fellow regarding any business ideas they have or ventures they are already pursing.

Monday, March 11 starting at 1:30pm
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Pitch & Ponder
Join us for Pitch & Ponder! A stress-free, low stakes open mic night for founders and creatives to share their ideas, practice their personal or business pitches, and connect with other like-minded go-getters.

Thursday, March 14 at 4pm
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Funding & Support
Student Morgan Startup Grants
LaunchNET is offering funding via Morgan Startup Grants to help Kent State student entrepreneurs move their businesses forward and reach their goals! This year we will be featuring:
  • Launch Morgan Startup Grant - up to $500
  • Scale-Up Morgan Startup Grant - up to $1,250
Apply by March 22, 2024
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Scholarships & Awards
We are offering two student scholarships along with a faculty mentor award this semester! This financial support is geared towards entrepreneurial students and faculty:
  • Marty Erbaugh Student Entrepreneur Scholarship - $1,000 for idea phase and launched ventures
  • Paul L. Pfeiffer Endowed Entrepreneurship Award - $1,000 for launched ventures
  • Paul L. Pfeiffer Mentor Award - $1,000 for faculty who support student innovations
Apply / Submit by April 5, 2024
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Events & Opportunities
Pixel Quest: An AI Image Challenge | Design Innovation Fellows
In this interactive session, students will be grouped into teams to harness the power of AI tools in a friendly competition. The mission: to craft the most imaginative and visually stunning AI-generated images from given themes. Students will learn the art of constructing descriptive prompts and unleash their creative potential through innovative visualization techniques.

Monday, March 11 at 6:00pm
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The Feminine Urge to Inspire | Design Innovation Fellows
Join us for an interactive workshop based on Women's History Month, in which we will be creating digital vision boards related to empowering women. Participants will get to heat-press their vision boards onto fabric and take them home!

Wednesday, March 13 at 4:30pm
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SBA and ECDI Virtual Office Hours
Business support specialists from SBA and ECDI will be on-hand to answer your general questions. ECDI lending personnel will be available to answer your questions about lending or documentation.

Multiple Dates and Times
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