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News & Announcements
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2020 Elevator Pitch winners!
We pivoted our plans for this year's Elevator Pitch event & found some great pitches in the initial videos!

Tune into next week's newsletter for even more info about each winner.

Winner ($300) - Joseph Brandhorst, Junior, Biotechnology
Runner-ups ($200)
  • Personal pitch - Heeju Noe, graduate, fashion industry studies
  • Business pitch - Micaela Pflug, senior, entrepreneurship 
Superlative Awards ($100)
  • Best use of new tech - Jillian Eddy, junior, engineering technology
  • Best branding - Sydney Hill, junior, Business Management/Psychology
  • Best dressed - Luke Leyden, junior, Computer Engineering Technology
Burton D. Morgan Foundation grants more than $1 million to back local entrepreneurship efforts
HUGE THANKS go to our sponsoring foundation for supporting the annual Fashion Tech Hackathon and also another SkyHack in 2021! 
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All the CEO Ladies rsvp
WEDNESDAY, November 18, 2020: 5:30-7 pm via Google Meet

For November, we will be discussing Brené Brown's book The Gifts of Imperfection! We will talk about the lesson in the book that we can apply as "whole-hearted" entrepreneurs and share what we learned. 

Be sure to also check out the Gifts of Imperfection website (even/especially if aren't able to read the book!), which has a ton of resources and the Wholehearted Inventory, which we will talk about: 
Be a part of the conversation!
The Entrepreneur Life resumes Thursday, Oct 29!
Just a few more sessions of The Entrepreneur Life with Javon left for the semester! 
Come and meet other Kent State entrepreneurs and learn the "inside scoop" of being an entrepreneur in college! 
Get the Zoom link!
3rd Annual FlashLab Pitch Contest
Welcome to the 3rd Annual Student Media FlashLab Innovation Pitch Contest: The Year We Need It Most! 

We are seeking our students' creative ideas to help guide Student Media toward growth and progress in the areas of content creation, audience engagement, revenue generation and collaboration. 
submit your idea by OCT 22!
LaunchNET is now on Discord!
Check out the LaunchNET Kent State community on Discord - hang out with other members and chat--ask questions, get advice, support one another and more.

Coming soon: virtual drop-in advising & co-working! 
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Make A Difference Day | Kent State University
 Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others, as millions of Americans rally in a single day of action to help change the world. Make a Difference Day will take place at Kent State on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 
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Client News
CONGRATS to Luke Leyden!
Luke Leyden, junior, computer engineering technology major, represented Kent State in the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium's IdeaLabs competition (the regional event for winners of our Idea Olympics).
Luke faced tough competition from student entrepreneurs from 11 other Northeast Ohio universities, ultimately taking 3rd place and $1,000 for his venture, Trolder. Congrats, Luke!
COVID's Impact on Women & Girls
November 15th & December 6th
Dr. Rachel Anderson
, Center for Gender, Education & Empowerment (CGEE) (and LaunchNET client!) presents COVID's Impact on Women & Girls (Series): 

The virus has had a profound impact on our societies and economies, highlighting the global reliance on women at the frontline and at home. It exposes structural problems in various fields such as health/care, education/schooling, economy, security and social protection. We need in depth research, discussion and awareness of the risks, challenges and solutions for an equitable recovery from this historic pandemic.
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Competitions, Events, Opportunities
The Hudson Library & Historical Society will virtually hold its eighth annual “Pitch Night” competition on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. Seven finalists will be selected from the pool of online applications to pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges on Zoom. Win up to $5,000 for your business venture! 

Kent Hack Enough is ready to blast to the past! Come login to the simulations as we work together online and make some amazing projects!

Whether you're totally new to tech & design or a seasoned pro, come spend a weekend making something great with us!
Research a local news organization and come up with a new way for them to engage with their community. The outlet can be any type — TV, radio, newspaper, non-profit, weekly, online only, monthly, etc.  Submit this idea below by Oct. 31, 2020.
October 28
Join us as we provide actionable insights on how to establish a web presence that sells.
Enter our fall 2020 Core City: Cleveland Pitch Competition! We’ll be selecting 10 finalists who live or own a business in the city of Cleveland to pitch online for a chance to win up to $2,500. The best part? All participants will walk away with at least $500!
Apply by November 5
Calling all side hustlers, idea creators and innovators that want to take that idea to the next level.
Join us this Fall for weekly virtual panels, workshops and the pep talks you need to know to turn your passion to profit or scale your own business.
All attendees will have an opportunity to pitch their business at the end of the 4 weeks to win $5,000!
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