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CONGRATULATIONS to all the participants, but especially to our KSU winners:

Pitch Award
​Maya Culley: Sorry Fish

Extra Stipend Award
India Pinero: Feel Fulfilled

Other KSU grant recipients:
Heeju Noe
Sarah Suntheimer
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Check out the new podcast from our student fellow, Amrit!
A podcast focused on spreading positivity and happiness. 
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Competitions, Events, Opportunities

31 Ways 31 Days to boost economic justice by growing the scale of African-American entrepreneurship during August and throughout the year with the State of Black Business report covering the entire nation. Co-founded in 2004 by John William Templeton and Frederick E. Jordan.

The Black Girl Magic Digital Summit is 2 days of jam-packed content that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home! 

Creating community, sharing resources, and planning for the future is more critical than ever. We want to rally to serve our community in the areas they need most by pivoting to bring tools and resources to all women nationally during our emerging normal.
Aug 18, 2020 11:00 AM
Presented by LaunchNET CWRU & gBeta, a discussion on the types of accelerators, incubators, and the journey to MVP- minimum viable product.
August 21th-29th, 2020
Bringing community together to talk about social issues and come up with innovative solutions, launching new ideas and businesses, and fostering sustainable solutions.
August 26 at 1 p.m.
Case Western Reserve University Entrepreneurship Series for a Roundtable Discussion with Al Green, Ph.D, former CEO, Kent Displays. 
Applications due August 31, 2020
The Business Accelerator™ discovers, accelerates and invests in social entrepreneurs and businesses to improve health equity through innovative solutions.
GEM’s Inclusion In Innovation Initiative (I4), is a cooperative partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a national diversity and inclusion infrastructure for the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program. 

This program supports academic researchers in launching successful tech startups through entrepreneurial training providing them with critical skills for translating their research discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace.
7:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Innovation is not just about creating new technology. It’s about flipping your mindset, sparking new ways of doing things, and taking risks. Once a way for organizations to set themselves apart, innovation is now a necessary survival skill for organizations.

Interested in attending? Let your LaunchNET advisor know! 
September 8-10, 2020
midwest.tech/connect is a 3-day virtual summit connecting Midwest startups, founders, VCs and angel investors through 1-on-1 / speed dating meetings
Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). 
The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate.
Useful Info for your Biz
DEADLINE: midnight (EST), 28 August 2020

The Courier Fresh Fund is offering $5000 grants to Black founders in the US and UK, aged 25 and under, who have a business idea they want to get off the ground.

Use this activity solo or with your team to draw insight from analogous contexts and provoke new areas of thinking.

Learn small but effective steps you can take right now to build a strong community on Instagram and increase your followers. 

SBA’s Lender Match is an additional resource for pandemic-affected small businesses who have not applied for or received an approved PPP loan to connect with lenders.  The forgivable PPP loan is emergency relief assistance aimed at sustaining businesses and keeping employees on payroll. 

Today’s leading women-owned businesses are pioneers in their field, setting trends, blazing trails, and bringing forth game-changing innovations. Women Who Own It, a new WBENC Podcast for and by women entrepreneurs and their supporters, is your key to the insights of these incredible female founders

Make yourself the star of your show using live video. Here’s how to conquer your on-camera fears and build your personal brand – Content Marketing Institute
Be healthy. Be better.

StartupNation’s ultimate guide to navigating COVID-19 includes everything startups and entrepreneurs need to survive and thrive during the pandemic.

The Voter Toolkit can help you check your voter registration, find your polling location and see a sample ballot. 
A page full of great anti-racism resources & info, including an interview with Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to be an AntiRacist
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