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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 2020 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! 
LaunchNET Scholarships 2020 | DEADLINE EXTENDED
APPLY NOW for one or both of TWO $1000 scholarships available from LaunchNET, for the 2020-21 academic year.

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Connect with other CEO Ladies online!
We have created an online home, through the Flash Mentor website, for the ACL Community to continue to connect. This is a place to connect, share information, advice, ask questions, and generally do what we do in person!

Current ACL members received an email invitation. You can also join the community through the link below. 
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Client Focus
We are always looking for ways to feature our clients and the great work they do!

If you are doing something for the current crisis, have been featured recently, or want to share how your venture is getting through this time, send an email to Tabitha [tmessmor-at-kent.edu]
Masks for Hope – Kent State Students (and LaunchNET clients) Take Steps to Help Save Lives
“We have to start knitting masks. My director of health just emailed the entire staff.”

For Irvin Cardenas, a robotics researcher and computer science Ph.D. student in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, these were the worst words he had ever heard from a close friend working at one of Cleveland’s top hospitals.

Joining Cardenas in these efforts are Yuqiao Xu, a data scientist and alumna of Kent State, and Michelle S. Park Kołacz and Siera Santos Terry, both master’s students at Kent State’s Fashion Industry Studies program.
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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
Sponsored by NASA, the program pairs technology developed in NASA laboratories with business and technical talent who aim to create new businesses around breakthrough NASA technology. You will experience a hands-on approach to business model building through lean startup methods.
A 5-day online program for college students who are looking to lead in the future of work.

You will be challenged to think differently and produce your best work. You will finish with a new-found clarity about what’s next for you. This workshop isn’t for everyone. It’s for those who are really excited to learn and put in the time and effort to grow.
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish the Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving will be overseeing the fund, making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis.
Help young entrepreneurs by voting for the winners of the YEI Pitch Challenge! 
The Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC), a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, is a national competition that recognizes and rewards innovations, discoveries and research by college and university students and their faculty advisers.
The competition encourages students who actively pursue invention. Students frequently come from science, engineering, mathematics and technology studies, but creative invention can emerge from any course of study.

The gBETA program is a startup accelerator managed by Milwaukee-based gener8tor that recently debuted in the Northeast Ohio market. The group is currently recruiting participants for its fall cohort. Meanwhile, in conjunction with The Brandery accelerator in Cincinnati, gener8tor will offer a virtual program for small business impacted by the outbreak with daily webinars ranging in topics from applying for SBA loans to navigating new laws.

Work & Study

Focusmate virtual coworking helps you get things done. Create a free account today.

Hack from Home is an online Hackathon aiming to improve the lives of everyone affected by COVID-19.
Podcast about learning & working from home
Keep Smiling

First things first: the only thing you absolutely have to do right now is just get through today, and we …

A Facebook Online Art Festival for art, jewelry, and other fine handcrafted items presented by the artists themselves.

Thousands of people get creative with items on hand, from bubble wrap to their (very good) dogs

Be Healthy
Contribute to the Kent State virtual gratitude board!! 

It’s backed by science, is Yale’s most popular course ever, and has been taken by more than a million people.

Business Resources
The Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR) is focused on identifying and providing direct support to the state's nearly 950,000 small businesses to help during the current public health crisis and to position them for a strong rebound.

Learn the mindset shifts that you can do to stay focused throughout the holidays.

 Apply today to receive $10,000 for your business; grants will be distributed on a rolling basis. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.

COVID-19 Resource Guide for Bioscience Organizations

The Small Business Relief Initiative and Fund FAQs is here to answer all questions regarding this relief effort for small business owners.

You are eligible for a loan if you are a small business that employs 500 employees or fewer. Sole proprietors, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and self-employed individuals are all eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program.
Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program 

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