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REMEMBER: We moved! 
The LaunchNET office is now located on the 2nd floor of the Library.
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YOU'RE INVITED: LaunchNET office ribbon-cutting!
Please join LaunchNET and the University Libraries for a celebration of our new office! 

Friday, September 29 2 - 4pm 

Kent State University Library, second floor 

See our new space and meet some of our rising-star innovators & entrepreneurs. Food and refreshments will be provided after brief remarks. 

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LaunchNET Coffee & Conversation
Every Monday morning this Fall, LaunchNET Kent State is hosting clients and others interested in innovation & entrepreneurship for coffee and conversation.

Stop at the NEW LaunchNET office (2nd floor of the Library) any Monday between 9 and 11am for coffee, chat with the LaunchNET staff and maybe meet your next business partner! 

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Global Competition for Sustainability Solutions
Join students from all disciplines to work on BIG problems!

Mission: Life consists of a local and global competition, focused on fostering innovative ideas and entrepreneurship in a multi and interdisciplinary team. This year's focus is Global Sustainable Development.

Deadline to join a team: September 18
Learn more & apply today!
Career-Day Wednesdays at LaunchNET
Get ready for your career! Need help with your resume, cover letters, or your personal elevator pitch?

Join advisors from both Career Exploration & Development AND LaunchNET for one-one-one consultations every Wednesday this Fall!

From 2-4pm, outside the LaunchNET office on the 2nd floor of the Library, CED advisors will be on hand as well as LaunchNET "pitch consultants" to help you prepare for the job hunt.
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COMING SOON: Aviation Hackathon #SkyHack
Help "hack" problems in flight!

During the weekend of October 13-15, interdisciplinary student teams will innovate, produce prototypes and pitch their ideas for the chance at $10,000! This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, work on interesting problems, and network with potential employers and faculty. 

This hackathon competition needs all types of expertise and creative thinking, so it doesn’t matter what your major is. Come and have fun, get fed for the weekend, and bring home some cash and prizes!
Sign up now!
Makerspace Masters: How Faculty Are Spurring Innovation on Campus
Blog article that features our own executive director, Julie Messing, talking about the SPARK Innovation Studio on campus! 

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LaunchNET Clients:
Has your company reached a significant milestone? Gotten some great press coverage? Hired an employee? Launched a product? Exhibited at an event? 

Or do you have a need that our newsletter recipients might be able to help with: to survey some potential customers, gather a market research group, or need a specific talent?
LaunchNET Connections: Opportunities & Good Stuff to Know About
KSU alum Brianne Kimmel will talk with students about her adventures working in Silicon Valley with such organizations as Hotwire, Expedia (Homeaway, Travelocity, Orbitz acquisitions), Revl, Zendesk, and Apparent and sharing her experiences in tech, entrepreneurship, travel, and more.
Brianne is the winner of the 2017 JMC Fast-Track award, recognizing outstanding early-career achievements.

September 22: Noon-1pm
312 Franklin Hall
Design. Build. Party. Kent State's annual hackathon, October 6-8th 2017.
Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund

Students learn the due diligence process as investors in high-potential local tech start-ups. Great opportunity to see what it's like "on the other side" of the investment table!

Info session: September 25, 11:30-1 CEBI
This free event will take place on Sept. 30, 2017, from 11 am to 5 pm on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade between Rockwell Hall and downtown Kent. 
The second annual Kent Creativity Festival provides an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to come together to create, share and explore the creation of all forms of art. 
The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Sites program is a 9-week series of workshops to help innovators become entrepreneurs.

Talk to your advisor if you're interested and apply!
FUEL by The Bit Factory is a competition for entrepreneurs. Any software startup can apply for a chance to present at the competition. Winning startups will pitch investor sharks and negotiate a $10,000 investment as well as quick admittance into our exclusive accelerator that will help fast track you to success.
Burton D. Morgan Foundation presents PITCH U 2017 - Saturday, October 7, 2017

Don't miss this opportunity to compete with peers, win prizes, and present your business idea - in 90 seconds or less- to a panel of real investors. Participants get lunch and a chance to network with local angel investors.
Other interesting stuff
The Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Competition. 3-day workshop at Tory Burch, 1- year fellowship, $10,000 business education grant, and the opportunity to pitch for $100,000 grant investment.

The Baylor New Venture Competition is a multi-round business plan and elevator pitch competition hosted by the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. 

Student entrepreneurs from not-for-profit accredited universities across the globe are offered expert feedback, coaching, and a prize package of cash and crucial in-kind business support services, to launch and grow their ventures. 
Luminate is a 6-month intensive accelerator program located in Rochester, NY, the imaging capital of the world.

$100,000 investment upon acceptance with and additional $2,000,000
available to the best companies.
The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. 

The student prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy; healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, or consumer devices.
The 4th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition and Showcase will take place on November 16, 2017 in Chicago. 

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