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The latest & greatest from LaunchNET Kent State
Creating a community of Kent State makers, innovators, creators, collaborators, and business owners.
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! 
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Want one of the NEW LaunchNET t-shirts??

You know you do!
Our fabulous graphic designer Morgan designed the 2019-20 LaunchNET tee— and when you come in for an appointment, you can get your very own!

Sign up or make an appointment to get yours! 
See you Saturday at the Kent Creativity Festival!
The annual Kent Creativity Festival provides an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to come together to create, share and explore the creation of all forms of art.

LaunchNET is partnering with the KSU Theatre Department to present PUPPETS & PITCHES! Come find us on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade to create a puppet & let it do a pitch for you! 
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Kent Hack Enough: September 27-29
This is our 8th KHE!
Whether you're totally new to tech & design or a seasoned pro, come spend a weekend making something great with us!
learn more & sign up
The Entrepreneur Life: A LaunchNET workshop series
"Let's talk about the real-life stuff of entrepreneurship"

Wednesdays from 2-3pm, in the LaunchNET office

Gather with other KSU entrepreneurs to learn, converse, and share. Speakers & snacks! 
Check out all the cool topics!
SkyHack Design Challenge
Are you ready for another SkyHack?  SkyHack is a weekend long event in which students will come together to provide a solution to a challenge or “pain point” relating to the aviation industry.

November 1-3, 2019
Open to students 18 years of age or older from any US college or university, in any area of study.
learn more & sign up
PITCH U: Elevator Pitch Competition - Saturday, October 5, 2019
On October 5th, you will:
• Learn how to deliver a winning pitch
• Develop an elevator pitch for your business idea
• Pitch to a panel of early stage investors
• Compete for a chance to win prize money!
First Prize: $4500
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All the CEO Ladies: October 2019
All the CEO Ladies October meetup  Wednesday, October 16:
"Protecting Your Bag: Things to Know on your Journey to Becoming an Entrepreneur"
Join us this month to learn some of the key legal things you should know for your venture, with Hanne-Lore Gambrell, Esq.
For & About Clients
Accounting help is Back!
Not sure if you need a vendor's license?
Need help setting up your bookkeeping? 
Have another business finance question?
Sign up to get FREE help in the LaunchNET office!
Limitless Ambition 2019 Fall Social and Fundraiser
Limitless Ambition 2019 Fall Social and Fundraiser
Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Mustard Seed Market and Cafe, Akron
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Help a fellow LaunchNET client!
Recent KSU alum Carrie Esser is competing for the title of NYX Professional Makeup's 2019 Artist of the Year.

Vote for Carrie Esser at www.faceawards.com every day September 23 - 27!
3 votes per email account
Around the Ecosystem
HAkron 4K is the University of Akron's FOURTH annual Hackathon. 
If you want to make something cool, this is the place to do it! Not only do we want you to succeed, we're going to help you do it.
THINKBIG: Employment & Entrepreneurship at Kent State Stark 
THINKBIG is a day of county-wide community conversations. Organized by Stark Community Foundation and Strengthening Stark, the inaugural event is designed to give residents a voice and bring people together to brainstorm solutions to community needs while celebrating the good in Stark County.
Women's Entrepreneurship Day Cleveland – Produced and hosted by Prosper for Purpose
StartInCLE Founder Fest 2019 - Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Founder Fest brings all of the area’s startup founders together for an afternoon for food, discussions, and maybe a minor amount of beer.
Join fellow educators November 8-9 at the fifth annual Enspire Conference - Teaching in the 21st Century.
Friday, November 8 - 1:00-5:00pm
Saturday, November 9 - 8:00am-12:30pm
Other Competitions & Opportunities
Northeast Ohio Pitch Challenge | Young Entrepreneur Institute
Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge is a pitch contest for students in Northeast Ohio in grades K-12.
Pitch Challenge teaches essential workforce readiness skills and helps kids develop a mindset for 21st century careers whether or not they become an entrepreneur.
Ventures who apply to SheEO are majority women-owned, women-led, revenue-generating (at least $50K up to ~$2M in revenue at the time of application)  with export potential and able to answer how they are creating a better world.
For undergraduate or graduate college/university students with a company: operating for at least 6 months with at least $500 in generated revenue.
Local & National winners!
Every year, the VentureWell E-Teams Grant Program 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.

Learning Corner
The Million-Dollar One-Person Business: How to Make Great Money as a Solopreneur

Elaine Pofeldt's book explores the rise of single-person businesses breaking the seven-figure mark and shows what makes these businesses thrive.

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Celebrating our Clients' Success!