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News & Announcements
Launch Microgrants Available ($99-500)
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many pivots in coursework, events/activities, and our day-to-day lives. To assist in these pivots, LaunchNET is offering a limited microgrant opportunity (Spring 2021).

Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis through March 26, 2021.

Funding is limited and not guaranteed through the deadline. 
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Intro to Virtual LaunchNET
Check out our new video showcasing the "virtual" LaunchNET and our awesome clients!! 
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Dinner with Friends | Kent State University
Dinner with Friends is a new virtual program built on engaging, facilitated small-group conversations over dinner that allow participants to connect with other members of the Kent State community. 
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Design Innovation Hub orientation classes
 Spring Semester 2021 the Design Innovation Hub will open for individual use to the Kent State Community including students, faculty, staff and employees. Be one of the first to register for a DI Hub Membership!  

Orientation sessions follow the Flashes Save Seven guidelines and are held in small groups of 5 or less. DI Hub Memberships and Orientation Sessions are currently reserved for the KSU community. 
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University Libraries Student Scholarship
University Libraries is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Student Scholarship Competition. Eligible students include Kent Campus students in good standing with the University, who will be Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors in the 2022-2023 academic year.
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The 3rd Annual Student Media FlashLab Innovation Pitch Contest, Feb 26
Welcome to the 3rd Annual Student Media FlashLab Innovation Pitch Contest: The Year We Need It Most! Pitch your innovative and exciting idea! All submissions are final on February 26th at 11:59 pm. 
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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
The GSV Startup Bootcamp is a 7-week online curriculum designed to educate and inspire anyone with the courage and dedication to take control of their future.
January 25 through March 12, 2021
Celebrating Women’s History Month
MARCH 1 – 31, 2021

webinars & resources
inspiring speakers
exclusive networking
inspiration + education + conversation
Black Girl Ventures and Manifestation Babe have partnered together to support Black and Brown woman-identifying founders with an Industry Agnostic BGV Style pitch competition.

This is the perfect opportunity for underrepresented founders to gain national visibility and low barrier access to capital.
The Build Sprint is an opportunity for intense focus on your startup or side-project for a specific period of time. For existing startups, this may involve a push towards launching a specific feature or reaching a certain milestone. For new founders, this is an opportunity to take the plunge and begin work on a project that excites you.

There are 4 categories for international students to pitch in:
  • Business Management and Process Improvement
  • Community/Civic Innovations
  • Healthcare/Biomedical
  • IT/Connected Devices (IOT)
Innovators pitch your own business plans and act as investors in other teams, choosing who you think will advance.
Each finalist has a 25% chance to win at least $2,500. Committed to conscious capitalism
Want to "future-proof" your business? Join Diana Kander to learn to navigate the 6 stages of failure. 

We invite educators, administrators, content specialists, and curriculum supervisors for K-12 schools and school districts to apply for the inaugural cohort of The 1619 Project Education Network. 

As part of this paid, virtual program, a cohort of 40 education professionals will receive grants of $5,000 each to support exploration of key questions of racial justice and other pressing issues in a community that also includes award-winning journalists and the Pulitzer Center education team. 
Keep Learning, Keep Growing
Why every small business should own a domain name
Having a domain name helps build trust and gives your users an easy way to find you. Read more about how registering for a domain name isn't quit as complicated as you thought. 

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