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Giving Tuesday 2019: Tuesday December 3!
Help us reach our extraordinary goal to fund a NEW student entrepreneur scholarship!

In honor of Marty Erbaugh, friend of LaunchNET and one of our first advisory board members, we are excited to create a scholarship in his name along with our Giving Tuesday Initiative. Marty was a trusted mentor and friend to our staff and clients. Marty was also LaunchNET's mentor of the year for 2017-2018. He is truly missed after having passed away earlier this year. 

Lee McMannis has generously pledged $5,000 to match all gifts to the scholarship this month!

Your gift of $25 becomes $50; $50 becomes $100!

Also, for every 15 unique donors who give $25+ to this fund, we will receive a $500 Bonus Participation Boost from the Kent State University Foundation!
give now to help support student entrepreneurs
2nd Annual Student Media FlashLab Innovation Pitch Contest
When: Tuesday, December 3,  5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: 213 Franklin Hall
Why: Seven students will pitch innovative ideas such as film initiatives, virtual reality, game design and fundraising ideas. The winning students will share in a $1,000 prize, and the winning ideas will receive launch funding.  
Our four judges come from Akron and Kent, serving in education and business.
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For & About Clients
Commons Akron teams companies, college students to foster innovation
Congrats to client Lauren McKown & venture advisor Tabitha Messmore for their participation
From Crain's Akron Business: The Commons Akron Innovation Accelerator program is a collaborative partnership between universities, businesses and mentors. It is designed to attract students, who gain real-world experience and would perhaps decide to stay in Northeast Ohio after graduation. The program helps local companies tackle specific business-related challenges.
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Celebrating Veteran Entrepreneurship
Recently LaunchNET and the Kent State CAVS office contributed to an event for local "vetpreneurs" along with Secretary of State Frank LaRose, State Representative Casey Weinstein, and other entrepreneurial resources in the area.

We were lucky enough to run into some LaunchNET clients there too! 
Client Profile: Carrie Esser
Carrie recently made it to the Top 5 in the country for the NYX FACE Awards, a national makeup artist competition. 
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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
The E-Team Grant Program provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward and 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 Impact Fellowship is a 2-week gathering of talented and passionate computer science students who want to use their skills for social good!

Accelerate is a pitch competition which gives individuals across Northeast Ohio the chance to win seed money to help launch their idea to make the region a better place.

The World's Richest and Largest Student Startup Competition
Online business innovation competition open to all high school students
Teams may submit an entry into one of two tracks: Innovation or Small Business. 
$9,000 in prizes
Learning Corner
The Advice That Every Small Business Owner Needs To Hear

November is National Entrepreneurship Month, so here's one for all the self-starters out there. We speak to 6 business owners about everything from hiring and setting prices, to challenging fear and learning your strengths.

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Client Success Stories
We want to feature YOU! 
We'd love to talk about you and your success! What have you done lately to move your venture or innovation forward? Share your story with others! 
Answer some questions, get some exposure!