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Meet-a-Mentor with JumpStart: JANUARY 24
LaunchNET Kent State is teaming with JumpStart to offer one-on-one mentorship opportunities to Kent State entrepreneurs. 

  • Explore commercialization opportunities
  • Get marketing and business planning advice
  • Connect with an experienced business mentor
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"Ask an Advisor"
Have you been thinking about a great idea that maybe, possibly, could turn into something bigger? Wondering how to take your side hustle to the next level? 

Just have a "dumb" question about starting a business or organization? (There really aren't any dumb questions, FYI!)
ask now
Fashion/Tech Hackathon 2020
Fashion/Tech Hackathon: January 24 - 26, 2020 
The annual Fashion/Tech Hackathon is a dynamic, cross-circular event allowing teams of students from all across the U.S. and Canada, to learn new skills and create innovative technology that will help define the future of fashion. 
Sign up to participate or mentor!
International Student Pitch Contest - 2020 » Global Cleveland
The final call for Submission is January 24, 2020 and will announce the finalist in the last week of January. Please submit a single paragraph describing your pitch ideas and/or 3 slides with a summary.

Winners from each category will receive $700 gift card and People's Choice winner will receive $200 gift card.

When: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Where: Great Lakes Science Center 
apply now!
Volunteer for high school DECA event
WEDNESDAY January 29, approximately 8am-2pm (various time slots available)

There will be 300+ high school students on campus for the regional DECA competition, that LaunchNET is hosting. 

We will need assistance with "crowd control," directions, and handing out items to the students, as well as possibly help with set up and clean up. 
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Apply now for the McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program is a Federal TRIO program which aims to successfully prepare scholars for Master’s and doctoral programs. The ultimate goal of the program is for scholars to attain their Ph.D. within ten years of earning their undergraduate degree.
Applications open now!
ATTN College of Business majors & minors! 
Pitch your business for the opportunity to be mentored by experts and for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $20,000!
apply now
Who are your customers??
Find out with UA's I-Corps Site program--all about customer discovery!
Teams work through an intensive 7-meeting critical evaluation, with other startup ideas, mentors, and advisors. 

Many LaunchNET clients have gotten great value from participating! Reach out to your advisor for help in applying.
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2020 Idea Olympics

Kent State, pitch your business idea or concept for a chance to win $4,000 (across multiple categories) in seed funding.

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Local Happenings
February 21-23, 2020
Open to all college and university students, Startup Vikes is Cleveland State University's annual business competition. 
Start in CLE Founder Dinner - January 2020 - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at BRIM Kitchen + Brewery, Willoughby
JumpStart Stark County Open Mic Pitch Night - Thursday, January 30, 2020 at The Auricle - Bar & Venue, Canton
Competitions, Events, Opportunities
The World's Richest and Largest Student Startup Competition
Startup World Cup (SWC) offers innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for startup ecosystems around the world. 

Cherry-picked startups worldwide will first compete at regional events, and the regional finalists will showcase themselves at the Grand Finale event in San Francisco and compete for a US$1,000,000 investment prize.
The Girlboss Foundation is offering $15,000 grants to women entrepreneurs pursing endeavors in the area of design, fashion, music, or the arts. To be eligible, applicants must be female, be US residents, and be 18 years or older.
Learning Corner
8 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Launching an App
Understanding your customer is the key competitive advantage you can have in the ever-changing landscape of app development.
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