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*PLEASE NOTE* In accordance with Kent State's current policy, all LaunchNET venture meetings will be virtual and all in-person events are cancelled for the rest of the Spring 20202 semester.

We are still open and happy to assist with you with any advising and business questions you may have.

If you are a current client, visit ksulaunch.net/appointment to schedule with your advisor and an online meeting link will be included in your confirmation email.

We are working some virtual ways to stay in touch and continue to have group meet-ups, like our new book club, The Entrepreneur Life, All the CEO Ladies, and BYOB. Keep watching your email and this newsletter for announcements as we roll them out! 
Message from President Diacon
Things are weird right now. And the university president quoting a pop star is the least of it! :) 

Hang in there--everyone at the university is here to support you in this crisis. 
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LaunchNET Scholarships 2020 | DEADLINE EXTENDED
Next Fall will come sooner than you think! Apply to get some extra scholarship money in your account!

TWO scholarships are available to students who are LaunchNET clients, as well as a faculty prize.

Applications and nomination forms are due March 20
Find out more and apply today!
Thoughts in a time of quarantine: by Tabitha, LaunchNET Advisor
Well, here we are folx. Quaratined and hopefully you all are safe and healthy and practicing your “social distancing” and good handwashing to stay that way. 

I wanted to take a few minutes to try and capture some of what I’m thinking and invite you to share your own thoughts in this very surreal time we’re living in.
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Pivot to Online: A Student Guide

As schools pivot to online, students will need to be resourceful, and they may need to demand fairer treatment than they have ever demanded previously.

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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
Do you have a business or an idea for a business in Akron?

Over $100,000 in grants available in Akron’s small business competition! Rubber City Match connects vacant retail spaces with new and expanding small businesses. If you can dream it, we’ll help you build it in Akron!
The E-Team Grant Program provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. 
Thanks to our NEO LaunchNET partners at Case for sharing!!

Thursday, March 19 | 1 - 2 pm
Mel McGee, Founder, We Can {Code} It and Ashley Weingart, Founder, Perfectly Imperfect Produce

Tuesday, March 24 | 1 - 2 pm
Adrian Bota, Founder, Origin Milk Company

Tuesday, March 26 | 1 - 2 pm
Mike Belsito, Co-Founder, Product Collective

Friday, March 30 | 4 - 5 pm
Ali Ahmed, Founder, and Principal, Green Strategies
interesting, fun, and/or useful
Work & Study
The library resources that are available to you remotely. There are people here to help!!
Studies have proven that those who work remotely get more done, thanks to a lack of impromptu meetings, loud co-workers and being able to work alone.
Healthy Living

The fabulously quirky food expert and self-proclaimed Thyme Lord Alton Brown (previously) quite amusingly shared why soap is infinitely better at staving

Akron-based Summa Health is offering virtual visits for patients concerned about symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus and similar conditions including the flu or a sinus infection.

Donate Blood, Platelets or Plasma. Give Life | Red Cross Blood

Mental Health
We have started compiling this rough draft of a comprehensive guide to support your mental health during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
Stream Guided Meditation with Zach by TheSummit-FM from desktop or your mobile device
The focus of Act Happy Week is to educate the public about purposeful actions you can take to create chemical shifts in your body that drive Positive Emotions. 
Business Resources
The world has turned upside down, and too many of us are dealing with serious health threats.

If you’re fortunate enough to be safe and well, it’s entirely possible that you’re now working at home. That can be lonely. We work better together.

We've built a place where you can sit with others (virtually) while you get your work done.
Find the right tool or resource for your startup from our curated list of startup resources and tools.

Facebook announces a $100 million grant to help small businesses being impacted by Covid-19.

Honeycomb is offering community-sourced loans for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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