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KSU Elevator Pitch: September 18
Do you have what it takes to pitch your business or professional skills before they reach their stop? 

Give it a shot in LaunchNET's 6th annual Elevator Pitch competition. $1,000 in prizes including best business pitch and best personal pitch.
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Faculty Spotlight: Julie Messing from Kent State University

Julie Messing from Kent State University is working to help all students, regardless of discipline, gain an entrepreneurial mindset.

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The Commons - Innovation Accelerator
September 28 – October 19, 2019

Student teams from NEO colleges & universities will work with Goodyear, Akron Children’s Hospital, The J.M. Smucker Company, First Energy, and 2 or 3 other companies this fall.

The Commons Akron program is open to ALL students from ALL backgrounds and is even an option for recent graduates – as it takes place on weekends and teamwork is conducted virtually with the support of program leaders and business mentors. 
learn more & apply today!
Mark Your Calendar! LaunchNET at the Kent Creativity Festival
The 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.

Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade
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SkyHack Design Challenge
Are you ready for another SkyHack?  SkyHack is a weekend long event in which students will come together to provide a solution to a challenge or “pain point” relating to the aviation industry.

November 1-3, 2019
Open to students 18 years of age or older from any US college or university, in any area of study.
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For & About Clients
CONGRATS to Bounce Innovation Hub's software accelerator program participants!
Bounce selects seven local startups for program – including LaunchNET client GardenBox
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Around the Ecosystem
PITCH U: Elevator Pitch Competition
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Glenville Circle North: CLEworx
Participants will spend the weekend mentored by top social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, venture capitalists, and prominent business professionals as they vet their ideas and build them into real products – physical products, smartphone applications, websites and anything else that will innovate on the social issues we face in Cleveland.
Bounce Innovation Hub presents Free Coworking Days
Wednesday, September 25 
October 23, 2019
Other Competitions & Opportunities
Every year, the VentureWell E-Teams Grant Program awards over $650,000 total in grant funding to early-stage science and tech student startups who are on the path to launching innovations with a social, health, or environmental impact.

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 technology-based inventions.
Deadline: Sep 27 2019 11:59 PM (EDT)
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is offering scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $12,000 to USA women who are pursuing degrees and courses of study for professional advancement or to improve employment opportunities.
Learning Corner
Top Small Business Grants for Women and Minorities

If you qualify for a grant, you get the money free of repayment terms or interest rates. These are the top small business grants for women and minorities.

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