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Entrepreneurship Immersion Week 2019
Last Chance!  Apply today!

Interested in innovation? Work on an interdisciplinary team to solve industry problems! Gain real-world experience, great contacts, make new friends, free food & board and get paid!

Hosted at Kent State this year, EIW brings together teams to create new ideas, build innovative prototypes, creatively solve problems, and learn entrepreneurial, team-building, and communication skills while learning about regional resources and career contacts and potentially win prize money.

July 28-August 1, 2019: here at Kent State -- Open to ALL undergraduate students, regardless of major or class!  
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Partner Profile: Jackie Ruller, College of Aeronautics & Engineering
Without the great people across the university landscape who put together great events with us, let us talk to their classes, and generally support the work we do at LaunchNET to spread the message of entrepreneurial thinking, we wouldn't be able to do all that we do! 

Get to know our friend Jackie Ruller!
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Remembering Advisory Board member & LaunchNET friend J. Martin Erbaugh (1948-2019)
We are saddened by the loss of our advisory board member and super-supporter of LaunchNET, Marty Erbaugh. 

In 2018, he was the recipient of our Mentor Award. Thanks to Deborah D. Hoover, President & CEO of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation for this heartfelt article.
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Kent State celebrates construction launch of new Design Innovation Hub - Record-Courier - Kent, OH
Kent State University celebrated the construction launch of its new Design Innovation Hub — not with a ribbon cutting, but rather with a ribbon spreading. 
After remarks by the DI Hub’s inaugural director J.R. Campbell on Tuesday, students from disciplines across the campus — including computer science, fashion design, marketing and accounting — took ribbons from the DI Hub’s central campus location and ran to their respective buildings. 
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LaunchNET Kent LinkedIn group
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Around the Ecosystem
Join us for the fifth annual Startup Scaleup Northeast Ohio's largest single entrepreneurial event of the year--where more than 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders and many others come together for a day of learning, networking and celebrating entrepreneurship.
The mission of this inaugural challenge is to inspire innovations through an open call for ideas aimed at generating sustainable solutions that will eradicate the ‘no car, no job; no job, no car’ paradox in Northeast Ohio.
Anyone with a good idea can apply. We’ll grant funding (awards will range from $20,000 to $100,000, depending on the needs and potential impact of each project) as well as technical assistance to help further develop early-stage concepts.
Round One deadline: June 15
We're looking for people to present 10-20 minute talks and then lead a Huddle, or group discussions, around the topic afterward for 20-30 minutes.
The next TechPint is on  JULY 16TH at MAHALL’S 20 LANES, LAKEWOOD 
For entrepreneurs who live or work in the city of Cleveland and its neighborhoods, or entrepreneurs outside of Cleveland who are impacting (in a significant way) the citizens of the city of Cleveland or will impact the city of Cleveland via job growth over the next 18-24 months.
Applications close 7/12/19
The Commons Program is an entrepreneurship and innovation accelerator program designed to attract, develop, and retain the most talented and motivated minds by blending corporate innovation and student start-up ventures along with mentoring professionals to give students a truly unique, real-world experience. 
Other Competitions
February– May 2019

STAGE: Accelerate 1
Startups are put through a series of education and virtual training opportunities to sharpen their skills around areas such as customer & industry knowledge; personal & team skills; creativity & problem solving, and business acumen.
The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country. The Student Prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have technology-based inventions.
Opens: May 22 2019 12:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline: Sep 27 2019 11:59 PM (EDT)
A signature program providing women in the United States with training, network expansion, mentorship and community to bring their bold vision for change to life
Deadline to apply: July 8, 2019
Learning Corner
What you need to know about no-code prototypes
No-code tools are supposedly fast and friendly. But is that true? An authentic look at building a no-code prototype, from a non-technical perspective. 
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